Monday, April 22, 2013

Feast of MARY-Mother of the Society of Jesus(April 22nd)

Evening Prayer: Today April 22 is a feast day for Jesuits: Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus. As an evening prayer, here is a version of the Regina Caeli, a beautiful hymn to Mary sung especially in the Easter season. I came to love this hymn on trips to Lourdes, the Marian shrine in Southern France, where it is sung often. It has a fairly slow pace but is, if you read the words, a song of joy. Most Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us who rejoice with you!

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you did merit to bear in your womb, alleluia.
Has risen, as He promised, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

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