Wednesday, April 3, 2013

HWP: Regina Coeli

It is a common practice throughout the year to pray the Angelus three times each day - at 6am, 12 noon, and 6pm. This pious practice invites Our Lady into our hearts during these times that she might bring us to Jesus. During the Easter season the regular 'Angelus' is substituted with the 'Regina Coeli'. This beautiful hymn is a song of rejoicing offered to Our Lady in honor of the Resurrection of her beloved Son and prayer that by the power of that Resurrection we might enjoy eternal life with her and all the angels and saints. Let us pray!

Regina Coeli

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you did merit 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 gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, 
our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, 
that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, 
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. 
Through the same Christ our Lord. 

Here is the Latin chant of the same prayer: