Regina Caeli Laetari

From Eastertide from Holy Saturday until Trinity Sunday
instead of the praying the Angelus

Anthem to the Blessed Virgin

There is a venerable tradition connected with this joyous Anthem. It is related that a fearful pestilence raged in Rome, during one of the Easters of the pontificate of St. Gregory the Great. In order to propitiate the anger of God, the holy Pope prescribed a public procession of both people and clergy, in which was to be carried the portrait of our Blessed Lady painted by St. Luke. The procession was advancing in the direction of Saint Peter's; and as the holy Picture, followed by the Pontiff, was carried along, the atmosphere became pure and free from pestilence. Having reached the bridge which joins the City with the Vatican, a choir of Angels was heard singing above the Picture, and saying: "Rejoice, O Queen of heaven, alleluia! for He whom thou deservedst to bear, alleluia! hath risen, as He said, alleluia!" As soon as the heavenly music ceased, the saintly Pontiff took courage, and added these words to those of the Angels: "Pray to God for us, alleluia!" Thus was composed the Paschal Anthem to our Lady. Raising his eyes to heaven, Gregory saw the destroying Angel standing on the top of the Mole of Hadrian, and sheathing his sword. In memory of this apparition, the Mole was called the Castle of Saint Angela, and on the dome was placed an immense statue representing an Angel holding his sword in the scabbard.


Regina Caeli

Regina caeli, laetare, Alleluia.

Qua quem meruisti portare, Alleluia.

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, Alleluia.

Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, Alleluia.

R. Qua surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia.


Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri, Jesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es, praesta, quaesumus, ut per ejus Genitricem Virginem Mariam perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae: per eumdem Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen
Queen of heaven

O Queen of heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.

For He Whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia.

Hath risen as He said, Alleluia.

Pray for us to God, Alleluia.

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

R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray

O God, Who by the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad 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

(The Sovereign Pontiff Benedict XIII, by a brief, Injuntae nobis, Set. 14, 1724, amended by the Sacred Penitentiary Apostolic, Feb. 20, 1933, granted a plenary indulgence, once a month, to all the faithful who, everyday in the morning, at noon, and in the evening at sunset, shall say devoutly the Angelus Dominie, with the Hail Mary, three times, or at Eastertide the Regina Caeli, on any day when, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall pray for peace and union among Christian princes, for the extirpation of heresy, and for the triumph of Holy Mother Church; also an indulgence of ten years, on all the other days in the year, ever time that they shall devoutly say these prayers.)


Additional Morning Prayer to Our Blessed Mother

Salve Regina

Salve Regina, mater misericordiae; vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae; ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

The Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

(Indulgence of five years, each time.--S.P. Ap., July 2, 1934)


Additional Evening Prayer to Our Blessed Mother

Sub tuum praesidium

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei genitrix; nostras depracationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris; sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. Amen
Under thy protection

We fly to thy patronage, O holy mother of God! despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

(Indulgence of five years, each time.--S.P. Ap., Dec. 12, 1935)


Holy Mary, be thou a help to the helpless, strength to the fearful, comfort to the sorrowful, pray for the people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all holy women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy sacred commemoration feel the might of thine assistance.

(Indulgence of three years, each time.--S.P. Ap., Dec. 29, 1936)

O Glorious Virgin Mary, by the unspeakable joy thou didst receive in the resurrection of thy only-beloved Son, we beseech thee obtain of him for us, that our hearts may never go astray after the false joys of this world, but may be ever and wholly employed in the pursuit of the only true and solid joys of heaven. Amen



"The third day He rose again from the dead"

Of all the seasons of the liturgical year Easter-Tide is, by far, the richest in mystery. Easter, we might even say, is the summit of the mystery of the sacred liturgy--the feast of feasts--the solemnity of solemnities. The holy longings of Advent, the sweet joys of Christmas, the severe truths of Septuagesima, the contrition and penance of Lent, the heart-rending sight of the Passion,--all were given us as preliminaries, as paths to the sublime and glorious Pasch, which is now ours. On Easter Day God regains, by the resurrection of the Man-God, His creation renewed;--on this day the whole human race hath risen to immortality together with Jesus. Cor. xv. 21: "By a man came death; and by a man the resurrection of the dead; and, as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive." On this day the old law is abolished and the new law begins; the figures have given place to the reality. The anniversary of the Resurrection is, therefore, a great day, a day of joy, the day by excellence, the holiest of days, the Lord's day. Let us sing therefore--

Ant. This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us be glad and rejoice therein.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Hymn: O Filii et Filiae

Ye sons and daughters of the Lord,
The King of heaven, the King adored,
From death this day Himself restored.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

On Sunday morn at break of day
The holy women went their way,
To see the tomb where Jesus lay.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

An angel clad in white they see,
Who sat, and spake unto the three:
"Your Lord hath gone to Galilee."

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

That night th' Apostle met in fear,
But Christ did in the midst appear:
"My peace," He saith, "be on all here!"

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

But Thomas, when of this he heard,
Was doubtful of his brethren's word;
Wherefore again there came the Lord:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

"Behold My side, O Thomas, see;
My hands, My feet, I show to thee;
Not faithless, but believing be."

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

When Thomas say that wounded side,
The truth no longer he denied;
"Thou art my Lord and God," he cried.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Oh, blest are they who have not seen
Their Lord, and yet believe in Him;
Eternal life awaiteth them.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

On this most holy Day of days,
To God your hearts and voices raise
In laud and jubilee and praise. Amen

Our Lord's Resurrection

O Christ, Thou art the life of the dying, the health of the sick, the only hope of those in misery, and the resurrection of all that are dead. O Jesus Christ my Lord, who on the third day didst brake the bonds of death and rise free and glorious from the grave, do Thou grant to me, though I am unworthy, a portion of the first resurrection by remitting my sins, and in the second resurrection a place forever with Thy saints. Amen

Novena for Easter
In honor of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord


This is the day which the Lord has made:
let us celebrate it with transports of joy.
-- Office of the Church

Jesus, Who didst confound all Thine enemies by clothing in glory and splendor that body which had been the victim of the cruelty of man, give me grace to die to myself that I may rise again with Thee, and after Thy likeness lead a new, divine, immortal life : new, by change of conduct, divine by the generosity and purity of my love, immortal by perseverance in well doing. Work in my heart, O Lord, this happy change; make me pass from death to life, from darkness to light, from a life full of imperfections to a life perfect and worthy of Thee. Make me go on from light to light, from virtue to virtue, till I come at last to Thee, O God of virtue, source of all life, and of all light. To Thee also I turn, O holy Virgin, Mother of Our Saviour, on this joyous feast; deign to make me a partaker of that divine joy which thou didst feel on the blessed day of His Resurrection. Dry my tears and free my heart from all oppressive sadness. Let Thy risen Son enter into my heart, as through the closed doors, into the upper chamber. Let Him say to me, as to the apostles, "Peace be to thee"; let Him show to me, as to Thomas, His sacred wounds; let Him abide with me continually, and never more depart from me.

To The Glorious Wounds of Jesus Risen

1. My risen Jesus, I devoutly kiss and adore the glorious wound of Thy left foot, and pray Thee to give me grace to fly from all occasions of sin. and ever more to walk in the way of Thy commandments.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

2. My risen Jesus, I devoutly kiss and adore the glorious wound of Thy right foot, and pray Thee to give me grace to walk constantly in the way of Christian holiness till I come to the home of the saints in paradise.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

3. My risen Jesus, I devoutly kiss and adore the glorious wound of Thy left hand, and pray Thee to deliver me from all evil, whether of the body or of the soul, and most especially from the unhappy fate of the wicked who shall stand at Thy left hand at the day of judgment.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

4. My risen Jesus, I devoutly kiss and adore the glorious wound of Thy right hand, and pray Thee to bless my soul herewith, and after death to open to me the gates of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

5. My risen Jesus, I devoutly kiss and adore the glorious wound of Thy side, and pray Thee to kindle in my heart the fire of Thy love here, that I may hereafter love Thee eternally in heaven.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

To Mary

Lastly, I pray thee, O most holy Virgin Mary, by thy great joy on seeing thy risen and glorified Son, to obtain for us the grace to rise also after our death to the eternal glory of paradise.

Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc.