Pray the Regina Coeli

The Regina Coeli (or "Regina Cæli") is a Marian and Christological prayer honouring the Virgin Mary during the Easter season. The composition opens with the words, "Queen of Heaven," and is a liturgical celebration of the Resurrection of Mary's Son, Jesus Christ.

Stained Glass in St. Joseph's Basilica, California USA (Wikimedia Commons)

The Regina Coeli replaces the recitation of the Angelus during the Easter Season. Liturgically, it is prescribed in the Roman Breviary from the full hour of Holy Saturday until the ninth hour of the Saturday after Pentecost.

Text of the Regina Coeli (below)
The Regina Coeli

Regina Cæli (English)

V/. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.

R/. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.

V/. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.

R/. Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V/. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R/. 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.

R/. Amen.

Regina Cæli (Latin)

V/. Regina cæli, lætare; alleluia.

R/. Quia quem meruisti portare; alleluia.

V/. Resurrexit sicut dixit; alleluia.

R/. Ora pro nobis Deum; alleluia.

V/. Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria; alleluia.

R/. Quia surrexit Dominus vere; alleluia.


Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui Domini nostri Iesu Christi mundum lætificare dignatus es, præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam perpetuæ capiamus gaudia vitæ. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.