Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's Regina Coeli season!

During the 50 days of Easter, the Regina Coeli ("Queen of Heaven") takes the place of the Angelus, morning, noon and evening. Here are the words of this prayer in the traditional English translation:
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.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. 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. Amen.

Like the "Ave Maria," the Regina Coeli has countless musical renditions. Here are a few sample, starting with chant:

Nobody does it like Mozart: