Christ Is Risen!

Well done, everyone!  It has been a great blessing to pray with all of you throughout this past Lenten season.

I would hate to restrict our experience of chant to the penitential seasons, so here is a little “bonus chant”  that is worth learning.  To express the joy of our Lord’s resurrection, the Marian Antiphon changes from the Ave Regina Caelorum to the Regina Caeli.  Here is the Latin and a translation:

Regina caeli * laetare, alleluia: Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia: Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia: Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia, for He whom thou didst merit to bear, alleluia, hath risen, even as He said, alleluia: pray for us to God, alleluia.

You might be familiar with the prayer in the simple tone:

Here it is in the solomn tone:

Follow along with the videos to become familiar with it. Here is a pdf of the two chants if you would like to print them out:

Regina Caeli

And just for an extra experience of joyful beauty, here it is in polyphony by Victoria:

Have a joyful Easter season!

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