The Inner Struggle

Regina Coeli … 13th century hymn for 21st century man

Found on my iPad App “Liturgy of The Hours of the Roman Catholic Church” last night.

Madonna_col_bambino,_palazzo_medici_riccardi,_filippo_lippiThe Regina Cæli or Regina Cœli (“Queen of Heaven”, pronounced [reˈdʒina ˈtʃeli] in ecclesiastical Latin), is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Catholic Church.

It is one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary, prescribed to be sung or recited in the Liturgy of the Hours at the conclusion of the last of the hours to be prayed in common that day, typically night prayer (Compline or Vespers).

The Regina Coeli is sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through the Saturday after Pentecost.

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.

The Monks of Glenstal Abbey

I have an iPad version of the “Liturgy of The Hours of the Roman Catholic Church” available from:  http://surgeworks.com/.

The above hymn was the concluding hymn of night prayer last night.

While the authorship of the Regina Caeli is unknown, the hymn has been traced back to the twelfth century. It was in Franciscan use, after Compline, in the first half of the following century. According to Catholic Tradition St Gregory the Great heard angels chanting the first three lines one Easter morning in Rome, while following barefoot in a great religious procession of the icon of the Virgin painted by Luke the Evangelist. He was thereupon inspired to add the fourth line.

If you have ever used the print version of Liturgy of the Hours you will know how challenging it can be getting everything sorted for each day of the calendar. I can testify that the iPad version is WAAAYYYY easier to use.

Literal translation:

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son whom you merited 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.

Cheers

Joe

O.A.M.D.G.

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