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Regina Caeli

The Regina Coeli (or Regina Caeli) is a popular prayer for the Easter season. Throughout most of the year, Catholics have prayed the Angelus at the start of the work day, midday and the end of the work day. During the Easter season, we often say the Regina Coeli instead.

As with the Angelus, the Regina Coeli follows a call and response pattern where a leader recites a series of versicles, or short statements. Then after each statement the rest of the congregation prays the response together. When praying alone, you can pray both parts by yourself. At the end of the prayer all join together in offering the final stanza of the prayer.

Regina Coeli

Versicle Response
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
Has risen, as he said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

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.



Regina Coeli (In Latin)

Versicle Response
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

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