As you may know, during Easter time, the Angelus is replaced by the Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven). If you don’t know how to sing and pray it, here are the words and a video from our family to yours. You can sing the whole thing in the traditional fashion as exemplified in the video, or just sing the song at the beginning and say the responses and prayer at the end in English or Latin (or whatever language you prefer). None of us are professional singers, but I hope this can still help you all have a Blessed Easter in your domestic Church. Below are the video, text, and some of the history of the prayer. Ave Maria!
|REGINA CAELI, laetare, alleluia:|
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
|O QUEEN OF HEAVEN, rejoice! alleluia:|
For He whom thou didst merit to bear, alleluia,
Hath arisen as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
|V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia,|
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
|V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.|
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
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.
|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 His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
This is an especially appropriate prayer during these times! According to tradition as recorded in the Golden Legend, as a prayer to Our Lady to end a plague, Pope St. Gregory the Great led a procession in Rome, inviting everyone to join him in praying, singing litanies, and chanting. In the front of the procession was an ancient image of the Virgin Mary. It is believed that this image of the Virgin Mary is in fact the famous Salus Populi Romani, attributed to St. Luke, and now held in St. Mary Major in Rome. As he sang, the voices of angels were heard around the image, singing, “Regina caeli laetare, alleluia, Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia!” Pope St. Gregory the Great then added, “Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia!” He knew that through the intercession of Our Lady, God had put an end to the plague and saved the people, and so it was. Alleluiah!