08 Regina Cœli  (Queen of Heaven)

posted May 2, 2018, 11:47 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:47 PM ]
The Regina Cæli or Regina Cœli (Queen of Heaven, in Ecclesiastical Latin) is an ancient Latin Marian hymn of the Christian Church. It is one of the four seasonal Marian Antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary, prescribed to be sung or recited in the Liturgy of the Hours at the conclusion of the last of the hours to be prayed in common that day, typically Night prayer (Compline or Vespers). The four Marian Antiphons are Alma Redemptoris Mater, Ave Regina Coelorum, the Salve Regina and the Regina Cœli takes the place of the 'Angelus' during the Paschal Time.

The opening words of the Eastertide anthem of the Blessed Virgin, the recitation of which is prescribed in the Roman Breviary from Compline of Holy Saturday until noon of the Saturday after Pentecost inclusively. It goes as follows:

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia,
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

The English translation is given below:
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.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray: O God, who through the resurrection of your Son, Our Lord 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.