O, Queen of Heaven, rejoice! Alleluia.
For He whom, thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia,
Hath risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.
Oremus (Let us pray)
O God, who, through the Resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
Didst vouchsafe to fill the world with joy; grant, we beseech Thee, that, through His Virgin Mother, Mary,
We may lay hold on to the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord.
Regina Caeli (Latin)
V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
The Prayer of “Regina Cæli”
Discover the meaning of the antiphon ‘Regina Caeli,’ which is prayed in place of the ‘Angelus’ during Easter time.
“Regina Coeli” or “Regina Caeli” means “Queen of Heaven.” Therefore, the Regina Coeli Prayer is a Marian and Christological prayer that honors the Blessed Virgin, Queen of Heaven.
The authorship of Regina Coeli is unknown, but there is a story in the Golden Legend collection of hagiographies of Saint Gregory the Great (Pope from 590 to 604 AD) that provides an explanation.
It is said that when this Pope presided over a procession with prayers to the Virgin Mary to end a plague in Rome, he heard angelic voices singing the first three verses of the Regina Coeli and added the line “Ora pro-nobis Deum. Halleluya.” According to legend, these prayers worked, and the plague ended.
It is prayed three times a day.
Like the Angelus, the Regina Coeli is prayed three times a day, at sunrise, noon, and sunset, as a way of consecrating the day to God and the Virgin Mary.
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