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We begin with the words from EWTN:
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Notably, we don’t pray the Hail Mary in between versicles as we do with the Angelus. Also, the prayer when broken down is prayed faster so that first response and second versicle become a single sentence. Another change is that the Angelus focuses on the mystery of the Incarnation while the Regina Coeli focuses on the Resurrection. That, of course, is why we pray the Regina Coeli during the Easter Season.
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute notes that the Regina Coeli — at 900 years old — is the newest of the so-called Marian Antiphons. Theologically, just as the Angelus celebrates Mary’s servanthood on earth, the Regina Coeli celebrates her servanthood on heaven:
The words Regina Coeli are best translated Queen in Heaven. It is an Easter title of honor and signifies that the Mother of Christ already participates in the Easter glory of her son. Instead of the usual address for Mary, Ave, the Laetare, rejoice, is used. This is an invitation to look to Mary as she lives now: the servant of the Lord on earth has become queen of heaven. In her exaltation, she has become a sign for all who are united with Christ through baptism. As the preface for the August fifteenth feast of the Assumption says, “the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its perfection.” All of the baptized can look forward to this promise. The antiphon reminds Mary, the crowned mother of the redeemer, of the promise fulfilled by using the angel’s words, “He has risen as he said!” (Matthew 28,6) The antiphon ends with a petition for intercession, “pray for us to God. Alleluia!”
We should reflect on this as we pray the Regina Coeli throughout this Easter Season.
From April 3, 2010:
This is one of the few times in my life that words escape me…I experienced a true miracle tonight at Easter Vigil Mass. I don’t even know how to describe it … did anyone else experience it. I am going to stop now and just give thanks. It’s all true. HE IS REAL.
Traditional Latin Mass filmed on Easter Sunday in 1941 at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Chicago. The film presents the ceremonies of the Missa Solemnis or Solemn High Mass in full detail with narration by then-Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen. Celebrated by Rev. J. R. Keane of the Order of Servites (hence the white habits and cowls), the ceremonies are accompanied by a full polyphonic choir, orchestra, and fifty Gregorian Chanters.
Here is the Mass schedule for the Triduum at St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood, MD:
April 21 — Holy Thursday
7:30 P.M. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Lent ends)
Adoration until 10:00 P.M.
April 22 Good Friday
12:00 Noon: The Seven Last Words Of Christ
1:00 P.M. Children’s Stations of the Cross
3:00 P.M. Stations of the Cross
7:30 P.M. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
April 23 – Holy Saturday
8:00 A.M. Men of Emmaus Prayer Service
8:00 P.M. Easter Vigil
April 24 – Easter Sunday
Mass times 8:00/9:30/11:15 am/1:00 pm
No 5:00 pm Mass