Sunday, May 22, 2022

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art: This Week's Image

An outdoor shrine in Hungary hosts this 2014 Rupnik Coronation, surrounded by witnesses of faith, those of Hungary's origins, and those of her recent past. The Bible is open to 1 Cor 13:8, which reads, in Latin, Caritas numquam excidit: Love never fails.

On the right, in the foreground,  St. Stephen presents his easily identifiable crown (symbolizing the whole country) to the Mother of God  (his wife Bl Gisella of Bavaria and son St Emeric have their own symbols); the other sainted king is St Ladislaus. 

On the left it is easy to recognize St Francis (this is a Franciscan shrine!), representing the presence of the friars on the site. Next to him, in vestments, the bishop and martyr Bl. Zoltán Meszlényi, martyred by the Communists, and (not in this image) Bl. Sister Sára Salkaházi, martyred by Hungarian Nazis for saving Jews. 

Also in the mosaic (see it on the Centro Aletti website) are Franciscans whose causes for beatification have been introduced by reason of martyrdom. Since they are not yet beatified, they do not have haloes. On the right: Fr. Krizosztom Körösztös (+1944) with thorns, and Fr. Kristóf Kovács (+1944) holding a scourge, both killed by Tito's partisans. On the left, Fr. Szaléz Kiss (d. 1946), killed by the Russians for guarding the sacramental seal of confession, Fr. Bernát Károlyi (d. 1954) killed by the Communists in prison, Fr. Zénó Hajnal (d. 1945) killed by a Bulgarian soldier, Fr. Rafael Kriszten (d. 1952) with a cloak, killed by the Communists, Fr. Pelbárt Lukács (d. 1948), killed by the Russians.


Detail of the Apse mosaic from the National Shrine of MÁTRAVEREBÉLY-SZENTKÚT, Hungary.
© Centro Aletti






From Easter to Pentecost, pray the Regina Coeli (in place of the Angelus) three times a day: morning, noon and evening.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as he said, Alleluia!
R. 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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Pray it in Latin!

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art: This Week's Image

Why leave Chartres?  (Confession: I have actually been to Chartres, but I was barely 18, on a trip with a college group and knew nothing, nothing, nothing about this marvelous place. Youth is wasted on the young!)

Detail of the Glorification of the Virgin Window, Chartres
From the University of Pittsburgh Digital Library

This precious detail is from the Glorification of the Virgin Window, circa 1205 (also known as the Death and Assumption of the Virgin Window). The photo is by Jane Vandal, and it is from the University of Pittsburgh Digital Library. 

They don't make 'em like they used to.


From Easter to Pentecost, pray the Regina Coeli (in place of the Angelus) three times a day: morning, noon and evening.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as he said, Alleluia!
R. 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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Pray it in Latin!

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art: This Week's Image

 

Coronation from the 
Vendôme Chapel Window
University of Pittsburg Collection
(Philip Maye)

Close-up of the Vendôme Chapel Coronation

This week's Coronation is again from Chartres Cathedral. It is a tiny portion of a great window between two of the buttresses on the south side of the Cathedral. According to the University of Pittsburgh's Digital Library site: 

...construction was begun in 1417. Its donor was Louis de Bourbon, Count of Vendôme, who built it to fulfill a vow he made while imprisoned by his brother to build a chapel to the Virgin Mary if he were set free. The chapel and the window it contains were created in the Flamboyant style. The lower part of the window shows a Coronation of the Virgin being viewed by various saints and members of the donor's family. The upper part show a Crucifixion and a Last Judgment. It was partially restored in 1592 Many of the donor figures were damaged during the French Revolution. It was restored by Coffitier in 1873.


From Easter to Pentecost, pray the Regina Coeli (in place of the Angelus) three times a day: morning, noon and evening.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as he said, Alleluia!
R. 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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Pray it in Latin!

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art: This Week's Image


How fitting it is for the first day of the Month of May, a month characterized by devotion to Mary and to floral abundance, to feature this modern coronation (by Father Marko Rupnik, SJ) from the shrine of Our Lady of the Flowers in Bra, Italy. This Marian shrine is particularly dear to the Daughters of St Paul. (It is a place I have visited several times, but before Father Rupnik put his artistic hand to it.) It was at this shrine that Mama Alberione consecrated her frail baby James to the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1884. His lifelong devotion to Mary and her rosary began in the humble original shrine, still covered in ex votos, including one from the Alberione family, commemorating the rescue of a child who was about to be trampled by an ox cart.

The new shrine of the
Madonna of the Flowers.
Image © Centro Aletti
The coronation is a detail from the great bronze doors added to the "new" shrine begun in 1933, interrupted by a World War, and finally consecrated in 1978. The Rupnik mosaics and bronze door were added to the new shrine in 2017, giving it a glorious presentation.  The older shrine (built in 1628) is still frequented by the locals, but its origins date to the Middle Ages. In the middle of December a pregnant woman named Egidia Mathis found herself trapped beneath a plum tree by two mercenary soldiers. She called to Mary for help. The plum tree burst into flower as the Virgin suddenly appeared, causing the men to run the other way. (The poor Egidia went into labor almost immediately!)

Since that time, the plum tree (or perhaps all the trees in the tiny orchard) flowers every December, even to this day (though now behind a tall fence, safe from relic hunters). There are some details about the plum tree that I only recall vaguely...it has been studied like crazy, but it is just a botanically normal plum tree in a very unusual situation. Cuttings from it act like regular plum trees and do not blossom twice a year. 


 

From Easter to Pentecost, pray the Regina Coeli (in place of the Angelus) three times a day: morning, noon and evening.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as he said, Alleluia!
R. 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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Pray it in Latin!

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Regina Coeli with Art: This Week's Image

 


From the North Transept clerestory (the way high part) of Chartres Cathedral comes this Coronation (photo by Philip Maye). As described in the website of the University of Pittsburgh's Digital Library: "At left, Mary (haloed, barefooted) sits on a wide throne. She gestures toward Christ...who is placing a crown on her head."


From Easter to Pentecost, pray the Regina Coeli (in place of the Angelus) three times a day: morning, noon and evening.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as he said, Alleluia!
R. 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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Pray it in Latin!

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art: This Week's Image

It's Easter Sunday! Celebrating the glorious Resurrection of Jesus, the Church shifts for 50 days from praying the Angelus (commemorating the Incarnation) to praying the Regina Coeli: an exultant prayer to Mary over the Triumph her Son won over death, the grave, sin, all of it. Here at The Angelus Project, that means a 7 week shift from Annunciations to images of the Coronation of the Virgin. Even though that is not quite the scene we are praying with, it does reflect the first words: "Regina Coeli" (Queen of Heaven).

Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik has created a number of mosaic depictions of the Coronation of the Virgin. As you might expect, these draw on Eastern iconography and especially on the Song of Songs, which has long been associated with the Virgin Mary as herself a "type" or prophecy-in-person of the Church, the Bride of Christ.

This Coronation is from the chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows of Tarbes. In the detail, you can see Jesus is also putting a ring on Mary's finger, highlighting the bridal imagery. In the Coronation, what is being stressed is Mary as the foremost member of the Church

© Centro Aletti 

Here's a detail of the same image:

© Centro Aletti

From Easter to Pentecost, pray the Regina Coeli (in place of the Angelus) three times a day: morning, noon and evening.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as he said, Alleluia!
R. 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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


Pray it in Latin!

Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia:
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
mundum lætificare dignatus es:
præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genitricem Virginem Mariam,
perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ.
Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Praying the Angelus with Art: This Week's Image

From the collection of the University of Pittsburgh comes this photo of an Annunciation (one of several!) from the medieval masterpiece that is the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres. This is from the window called "The Life of Virgin." As in one of the other Chartres Annunciations, Gabriel's foot (though in this case not Mary's) extends outside of the frame of the scene. Is this to indicate that this message is not just about Mary? Or does it hint at something else: a hurried arrival, perhaps, or a courtier's bended knee before a sovereign? 

You can view the image in great detail at the University of Pittsburgh Digital Library site.


Photo contributed to ULS Digital Collections by Jane Vandal

About the Angelus Project

We rightly admire Muslim neighbors and co-workers who put everything on hold five times a day in answer to the "call to prayer." But Christians have a call to prayer, too! It is the Angelus. Morning, noon and evening we are invited to pause and reaffirm our faith in the Incarnation: The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14), because "God so loved the world that he sent his only Son" (Jn. 3:16).
The Angelus Project is a personal project of Sister Anne Flanagan, FSP, a Daughter of St Paul. Find out more about the media ministry of the Daughters of St Paul at DaughtersofStPaul.com.

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