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:
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.
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!