Regina Caeli – Good News to Mary

With the Easter season the Regina Caeli is now the Marian anthem following compline. It also replaces the Angelus throughout the Easter season. O Queen of heaven, be joyful: Alleluia For he who was born of your body: Alleluia Has arisen as he promised: Alleluia Pray for us to the Father: Alleluia V: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia. R: For the Lord … Continue reading Regina Caeli – Good News to Mary

Ave Regina Caelorum

The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord is the hinge between Christmas and the cross. It holds in tension life and death, light and darkness, the salvation Simeon sees in the child and the sword that will pierce Mary’s soul. With the Feast of the Presentation the Marian hymn following compline is the Ave Regina Caelorum. The anthem asks Mary’s prayers for our coming … Continue reading Ave Regina Caelorum

Alma Redemptoris Mater

With the First Sunday in Advent the Marian hymn following compline changed from the Salve Regina to the Alma Redemptoris Mater. This will be used until the  Feast of the Presentation. There are two concluding collects: one for the Season of Advent one that is used from Christmas Eve until the Presentation. The Commonweal blog has a thoughtful reflection on use of the Alma Redemptoris Mater. Loving … Continue reading Alma Redemptoris Mater