The “Ave Regina Caelorum” is one of the four liturgical season Marian antiphons sung throughout the year.
It is sung from the Presentation of the Lord (The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary), through Wednesday of Holy Week.
The other three are the Regina Caeli (sung during liturgical Easter), the Salve Regina (from Trinity Sunday until the Saturday before Advent), and the Alma Redemptoris Mater (Advent through February 2).
These antiphons are rarely sung anymore except in some traditional parishes.
If you attend a parish where the antiphons are regularly sung, you are blessed.
But even if you don’t, you can learn the Ave Regina Caelorum in Latin and English.
Ave Regina Caelorum in Latin
Ave, Regina caelorum,
Ave, Domina Angelorum:
Salve, radix, salve, porta
Ex qua mundo lux est orta:
Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa,
Vale, o valde decora,
Et pro nobis Christum exora.
V. Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata.
R. Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.
Oremus. Concede, misericors Deus, fragilitati nostrae praesidium: ut, qui sanctae Dei Genitricis memoriam agimus; intercessionis eius auxilio, a nostris iniquitatibus resurgamus. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Ave Regina Caelorum in English (Hail O Queen of Heaven)
Hail, O Queen of Heaven
Welcome, O Queen of Heaven.
Welcome, O Lady of Angels
Hail! thou root, hail! thou gate
From whom unto the world, a light has arisen:
Rejoice, O glorious Virgin,
Lovely beyond all others,
Farewell, most beautiful maiden,
And pray for us to Christ.
V. Allow me to praise thee, O sacred Virgin.
R. Against thy enemies give me strength.
Grant unto us, O merciful God, a defense against our weakness, that we who remember the holy Mother of God, by the help of her intercession, may rise from our iniquities, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
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