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Regina Cæli

The most recent Antiphony dedicated to Mary (14th century) used to end services. It is sung during the Easter season and makes no mention of the valley of tears, like the Salve Regina, but instead sings of resurrection and heaven, where Mary reigns alongside her Son. This is how many of Notre-Dame de Paris’s sculptures and windows represent her.

 

 Regína caéli, lætáre, Allelúia!
 Quia quem meruísti portáre, Allelúia!
 Resurréxit, sicut dixit, Allelúia!
 Ora pro nóbis Déum, Allelúia!

Queen of heaven, be joyful, alleluia!
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia!
Has risen, as He said, alleluia!
Queen of heaven, pray to God for us, alleluia!

 

 

 

Click here to listen to the Marian antiphony Regina Cæli sung in the Notre-Dame choir.

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