Do you know the Regina Caeli?
16th May 2017
Bishop Philip writes...
I'm surprised by how few people seem to know the 'Regina Caeli'.
This is the Marian anthem used in Eastertide instead of the Angelus and which is always sung at the end of Night Prayer. Some parishes also use it occasionally at Mass instead of the Hail Mary in the Bidding Prayers during Eastertide.
The origins of the Regina Caeli are said to go back to Pope St Gregory the Great (d. 604) who heard angels chanting the first three lines one Easter morning in Rome. It was certainly in use in many Franciscan communities by the 12th century and presumably caught on from there.
To sing it, it goes like this:
Here is the complete Latin text:
Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.
O Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia.
Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who through the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
gave rejoicing to the world
grant, we pray, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.