Use: Eastertide, Marian
Required Resources: SATB choir
There are four traditional seasonal Marian antiphons, generally sung after Compline [Night Prayer] in the Divine Office:
- Alma Redemptoris Mater during Advent and Christmastide, through February 2
- Ave Regina cælorum from February 3 through Lent
- Regina cæli lætare during Easteride
- Salve Regina during Ordinary Time [after Pentecost until Advent]
The shortest of these, and the most structurally concise, is Regina cæli, for use during Eastertide.
It has four short phrases, each ending with Alleluia:
Regina cæli lætare, alleluia!
Quia quem merusiti portare, alleluia!
Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia!
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia!
Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia!
Has risen from the dead, alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia!
Adam Taylor, Director of Music at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, uses that structure in a rondo-form motet.
Each choral phrase ends with the same contrapuntal section of multiple Alleluias.
This triumphant Easter antiphon was appropriately written for the Easter Vigil, in honor of a friend's Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.
Order #: 5274
- Choral Music
- SATB Choir
- a cappella