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Regina Caeli

The “Regina Cæli” or “Regina Cœli” / “Queen of Heaven” prayer invites us to call the Mother of God, Mary, for her intercession, and to rejoice with her over the resurrection of her son Jesus. The name of the prayer is taken from the first words of the Latin version.


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.


Regina caeli,
laetare, Alleluia,
quia, quem meruisti
portare, Alleluia;
resurrexit, sicut
dixit, Alleluia;
ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.

Addition for the Easter season, when the Regina Cæli is recited in place of the Angelus:

Rejoice and be glad,
O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
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.

Addition for the Easter season, when the Regina Cæli is recited in place of the Angelus:

Gaude et laetare,
Virgo Maria, Alleluia;
quia surrexit
Dominus vere, Alleluia.

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.

The Regina Cæli is one of the so-called Marian antiphons, that are sung to call the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the liturgy of the hours, the prayer is recited at the end of the vesper or compline. Depending on the time of the liturgical year, one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons is sung:

  • During Ester season (from Easter Sunday until Trinity Sunday): Regina Caeli
  • From Trinity Sunday until Advent: Salve Regina
  • During Christmas season (from Advent until Presentation of the Lord): Alma Redemptoris Mater
  • During Lent (from Presentation of the Lord until Good Friday): Ave Regina Caelorum

Furthermore, the Regina Cæli, focussing on the resurrection, replaces the Angelus prayer during Easter season. Here, the prayer is recited three times a day and will be extended by the versicle and the oration.

Please note (as this is often misunderstood): By praying to Mary, we do not worship Mary instead of God, but we worship Him through her; she is merely called as our intercessor.

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