Queen of Heaven, rejoice!

From the Ghent Altarpiece, Jan van Eyck (between 1430 &1432), Cathedral Church of St Bavo, Ghent.

Before Divine Mercy Sunday on Sunday,  remembering our Blessed Lady, Mary, Mother of the Risen One and of the Church, is a very good idea.

I remember some years ago there was a Carmelite friar in his declining years who came to our parish (when I was still in Australia for studies) to substitute for the parish priest, away on leave over Easter due to unwellness.

He believed that I appeared to be someone of influence in the choir (although I still don’t know what made him think that), but he approached me and said he would be a very happy old Carmelite friar if we would only sing the Regina Coeli before processing out from the sanctuary at the end of the Easter Vigil.

We were all only too happy to oblige and without delay browbeated the organist/choirmaster to engage in a bit of unpaid overtime to get a half decent Regina Coeli up and running.

At the end of the Regina Coeli, all and sundry in the choir, not to mention the congregation, were beaming their happiness and the Carmelite friar needed reminding that he should get a move-on now just like everybody else, so moved was he by the prayer.

This just confirmed my belief that any prayers or hymns to our Blessed Mother inevitably fill us in return with the purest sweetness and serenity, such that we find it at least a little difficult to get away. Well that is my experience and I am sure I’m not unique.

This is the Easter Marian hymn in which we call Mary to rejoice because of the perfect joy brought by the Resurrection of Her only Son. This simplest and most direct of prayers can replace the Angelus during the whole Easter Season.

Once again the chant is arranged somewhat sentimentally by Monsignor Marco Frisina of the Diocese of Rome. Many will say that some of the images and parts of the music are  kitsch, but who cares? We are not “Anglo-Catholics”.


Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

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.



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7 Responses to Queen of Heaven, rejoice!

  1. annem040359 says:

    Thank-you for your brief commentary. One of my favorite prayers. I can only imagine how Our Lady felt being able to see her risen son on that very first Easter.


  2. GC says:

    annemo, how nice to see you again. That was the first time I had sung this simple hymn in choir for our Blessed Mother and I still remember the whole thing so clearly 30 years later!


  3. Toadspittle says:

    Kitsch? Is it kitsch?

    Is this?

    …Don’t care if it is, really.


  4. Roger says:

    Regina Coeli
    Says it All doesn’t it?
    It also tells of Authority doesn’t it? So disobedience to the Queen Of Heaven is a slap in the Face to the Trinity who crowned her! Few realise that both She and Our Lord suffered the Passion in is hatred and folly. Condemning the Son condemns the Immaculate. His flesh is Her flesh. She didn’t need to be redeemed! There never was any Sin in Our Lady! Her FIAT is the key that unlocked the prison of Original Sin for Fallen Man! The Queen is superior to the hirling , she is greater than any Prelate and this is why Pius XII obeyed her!


  5. johnhenrycn says:

    Nice, Toad, very nice, but I’ll see your Garanča and raise you a Domingo/Sissel. Advance to the 4:30 mark if you’re in a rush to walk the dogs:


  6. Toadspittle says:

    What a little gem of a film, JH. Beautifully edited.
    It has gone straight into the Favs file.

    You probably know all of “Cav” takes place on Easter Sunday morning.
    I play it all every Sunday morning, like now. Very loud on Easter Sundays.

    Original one-hit wonder, Mascagni


  7. GC says:

    You probably know all of “Cav” takes place on Easter Sunday morning.

    At least you could have posted the bit of Cav that starts with the Regina Coeli, boys.

    Welcome back, JH. You were missed.


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