"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Women of the Bible No. 11 Mary Queen of Heaven

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia
For He whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia,
Has risen, as He said, alleluia,
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

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

This twelfth century prayer is substituted for the Angelus throughout the Easter season in the church calendar. The author is not known, but one legend is that Pope St Gregory 1, known as St Gregory the Great, heard angels chanting the first three lines while he was walking barefoot one Easter morning in religious procession, carrying an icon of the Virgin Mary. He was inspired to write the fourth line.
Jesus Christ is Risen Today, we sing in the Anglican Church on Easter Sunday, a hymn which has its origin in this prayer.

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