DPPL 196: Regina Coeli

STA altar at night smallIt’s a relatively recent development: praying the monastic Compline antiphon instead of the Angelus. What is your practice?

196. By disposition of Benedict XIV (2 April 1742), the Angelus is replaced with the antiphon Regina Coeli during paschaltide. This antiphon, probably dating from the tenth or eleventh century (The antiphon is found in the twelfth century Antiphonary of the Abbey of San Lupo in Benevento. Cf. R. J. Hesbert (ed.) Corpus Antiphonalium Officii, vol. II, Herder, Roma 1965, pp. XX-XXIV; vol. III, Herder, Roma 1968, p. 440), happily conjoins the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word (quem meruisti portare) with the Paschal event (resurrexit sicut dixit). The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord’s humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah (Ave, gratia plena).

As with the Angelus, a more formal prayer includes a musical version to replace a spoken recitation, plus a Scriptural account appropriate to the Fifty Days:

As with the Angelus, the recitation of the Regina Coeli could sometimes take a solemn form by singing the antiphon and proclaiming the Gospel of the resurrection.

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to DPPL 196: Regina Coeli

  1. FrMichael says:

    I do switch over to the RG in Easter but have been unable to memorize the additional prayer. A bit frustrating!

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