Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter Saturday & the Regina Caeli

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The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin by Diego Velazquez, ca. 1645AD.

Happy Easter!  We have now reached the 7th day of the Octave of Easter: Easter Saturday!  As our celebration of the Resurrection of Christ continues on this high feast, you might note these general details of this highest holy day in Christianity:
Old Catholic Encyclopedia: Easter

Fish Eaters: Eastertide

Today being Saturday, it seems fitting to note something of the Marian Antiphon for the Easter season: the Regina Caeli.

For the history of this antiphon, you might note:
Old Catholic Encyclopedia; Regina Caeli

The Latin text reads:

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

V. Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

In English, that is rendered:
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you deserved to bear in your womb, alleluia.
Has risen, as He promised, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Here is the traditional plainchant setting of the Regina Caeli:

This is a setting by Tomas Luis de Victoria (+1611AD):

Finally, a setting by the rather famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (+1791AD):

Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia, et apparuit Simoni, alleluia!

Live well!

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