Regina Caeli/Coeli

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I’m getting in a little early here, but you need time to get practice, don’t you?

On Sunday, it will be Easter! In Easter time we replace the Angelus with the Regina Caeli. The cool thing about the Regina Caeli is that you can sing it. For background and a great story on the origin of the hymn, see Regina Caeli at Thesaurus Precum Latinarum.

Here is the Regina Caeli arranged for one A5 page with the music followed by the versicle, response and the collect – even if you don’t read music, it can help you get the hang of the tune.

Here is a gregorian schola from Milan to run you through the music three times – I guess they’re singing it thrice because it’s such a short antiphon. Usually we only sing it through the once.

And here is Pope Benedict XVI reciting the Regina Caeli – a little choppy, but still cool. It has chopped off the beginning and has extra prayers on the end.

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum x 3

Requiem aeternam, dona eis domine. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. (Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord…)
Requiescant in pace.

Sit nomen Domini benedictum. (May the name of the Lord be blessed)
Ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum. (From now and forevermore.)
Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini. (Our help is in the name of the Lord)
Qui fecit caelum et terram. (Who made heaven and earth)

Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus, Peter et Filius et Spiritu Sanctus. (May almighty God bless you…)


Plans for the May class

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There was no April class as the third Thursday fell in the School Holidays.  Easter is a great time for singing.  How can I choose just a few hymns?

May’s class falls on Ascension Thursday.  Are there any famous Ascension Thursday pieces I’m missing?

Regina Caeli covers Easter and May being the month of Our Lady.  The Alleluia was one of those pieces many are familiar with.  Jubilate Deo is an all time favourite round.

  1. Alleluia from Lauds of Easter Sunday
  2. Regina Caeli – simple tone
  3. Jubilate Deo, Michael Praetorius

Preview the handout here: may.pdf

Haec Dies

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Haec Dies or This is the Day

Haec Dies or This is the Day

You may be wondering why I’m typing an Easter antiphon in October. I’m working on a calendar with short pieces for each month and this is April.

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. This is the original gregorian chant version. It recurs through Easter week. It is the most complicated thing I can sing so I like it.

To listen you can find it in Easter Sunday at St. Benedict’s Monastery, Sao Paolo.