Regina Coeli (Caeli)
O, queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia.
For He whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia,
Hath arisen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.
Oremus (Let us pray)
O God, who, through the Resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
Didst vouchsafe to fill the world with joy;
grant, we beseech Thee, that, through His Virgin Mother, Mary,
We may lay hold on the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord.
To be said instead of the Angelus
during the Easter Season
The first lines of the Regina Coeli (from the Latin words which begin the prayer) were spoken by angels to St. Gregory the Great in the 7th century on an Easter morning as he was in procession. He added the fourth line. It continued to be used with a prayer added later, and was officially designated as an alternate prayer to the Angelus by Pope Benedict XIV in the 18th century.