22 August 2012

Ave Regina caelórum! The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Coronation of the VirginVelásquez, 1645

Entrance Antiphon    Cf Psalm 44;10

At your right hand stands the queen in robes of gold,
finely arrayed. 

Ave Regina caelórum!
Ave, Dómina angelórum;
Salve radix, salve porta
Exqua mundo lux est orta.

Gaude, Virgo gloriósa,
Super omnes speciósa.
Vale, O valde decóra!
Et pro nobis Christum exóra.

Hail, Queen of Heaven, beyond compare,
To whom the angels homage pay;
Hail, Root of Jesse, Gate of Light,
That opened for the world’s new Day.

Rejoice, O Virgin unsurpassed,
In whom our ransom was begun,
For all your loving children pray
To Christ, our Saviour, and your Son.  
                                                          Stanbrook Abbey.

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