Monday, April 27, 2015

Pondering the Regina Coeli with song

This week's musical setting of the Regina Coeli goes a bit further than the spare words of the antiphonal prayer. It is by Pietro Mascagni, from the one-act opera "Cavalleria rusticana."

The lyrics (sung in Latin and then Italian) are:

CHORUS
Regina coeli laetare.
Alleluja! Quia quem meruisti portare.
Alleluja!
Resurrexit sicut dixit.
Alleluja!

in the square
Let us rejoice
That Our Lord is not dead,
And in glory
Has opened the tomb!
Let us rejoice
That Our Lord is risen again
And today is gone up
Into the glory of Heaven!

CHORUS
inside the church
Alleluja!




When Ordinary Time returns, bringing the Angelus prayer with it, The Angelus Project will again feature a weekly depiction of the Annunciation to help you ponder the Angelus.
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