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The Regina Caeli, Queen of Heaven Prayer, Prayer said during paschal season, from easter to Pentecost, plague in Rome, Pope Saint Gregory the Great


From Holy Saturday to Pentecost we chant or pray one of the Church’s most joyful anthems, the Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven), customarily used to replace the Angelus at twelve noon.

According to legends - a thirteenth century work on the lives of the Saints - Pope Saint Gregory the Great in the 6th century, lead a procession asking for relief from a pestilence afflicting the people of Rome. Being carried in the procession was an icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which seems to have been painted by Saint Luke. Suddenly, the air was filled with a heavenly perfume dispelling the pestilence. Looking up, Saint Gregory saw angels chanting:
“O, Queen of Heaven rejoice, Alleluia!
For He whom you deserved to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as He said, Alleluia!”

The holy Pope hearing their chants, said to them:
“O, pray to God for us, Alleluia!”

At this point, the holy pontiff saw the angel of death sheathed his sword atop the Hill of Hadrian, known today as the Castle of Sant’Angelo.

Since then this story has been associated with the origins of the Regina Caeli.

The idea of this prayer is to rejoice with Our Blessed Mother, that her Son, after a grueling passion and frightful death, is alive again.

While the prayer of the Angelus celebrates Jesus’ Incarnation, the Regina Caeli celebrates His Resurrection and “congratulates” the Mother on her Son’s victory over sin and death.


Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.
For He whom thou did 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 truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray

O God, Who gave joy to the world through the Resurrection of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech You, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting Life. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...

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