Monday, April 16, 2012

'O Queen of Heaven, Rejoice!'

The Regina Coeli
[To be said from Easter Day to Trinity Sunday]

O Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia:
For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
Has risen as He promised, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

Let us pray:

O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

This short devotion is the Eastertide variation on the Angelus, and offers us the opportunity to celebrate the Resurrection in our daily prayers, wherever we may be. As with all Marian devotion, it is a further working out of the implications of the mystery of the Incarnation in the person of the Theotokos, who stands for the whole Church's response of bearing forth Christ in our lives.

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