Regina Coeli

  • Posted on March 8, 2018 at 7:22 PM

This article is about the Marian hymn. For the Marian title, see Queen of Heaven. Latin Marian Hymn of the Christian Church. While the authorship of the Regina Caeli is unknown, the hymn has been traced back to the regina Coeli century.

It was in Franciscan use, after Compline, in the first half of the following century. Regina Caeli, the official or “typical” melody being found in the Vatican Antiphonary, 1911, p. The antiphonal strophes of Regina Caeli were often set by polyphonic composers of the 16th century. The Marian anthems run the gamut of mediaeval literary styles, from the classical hexameters of the Alma Redemptoris Mater through the richly-rhymed accentual rhythm and regular strophes of the Ave Regina Caelorum, the irregular syntonic strophe of the Regina Caeli, to the sonorous prose rhythms with rhyming closes of the Salve Regina. Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.