Today is the day of the new creation: all is made new in Christ.
And we sing with joy to His Blessed Mother, given to us as our Mother from the Cross: for the next forty days, instead of the Angelus, which honours the Incarnation, we will sing and pray the Regina Caeli, celebrating the Resurrection.
The Regina Caeli: first the Gregorian Chant, then the arrangement by Gregor Aichinger.
V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
O Queen of Heaven rejoice, Alleluia:
For He whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia,
Has risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
For the Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia.
Let us pray: O God, who gave joy to the whole world by 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 eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
For those who pray #twitterangelus, the Regina Caeli in tweetable format is here.
Christ makes all things new, and the joy of the reality of Easter far outweighs any problems in the Church or beyond.
Ant and her fiancé made this Easter Garden:
You can't see from this angle, but the stones contain a tomb, with the rock rolled away, revealing the empty interior.
Please pray for the conversion of Ant's fiancé and for all blessings on their marriage this summer.
And my fritillaries are out, to make my joy complete! Not quite up to the display in Addison's walk, but fond memories, and beautiful flowers. (Just found this: especially last three photos...)
May all my readers have a very happy and blessed Eastertide.