Reminder! – Regina Cœli “Queen of Heaven”

Remember to exchange your Angelus prayer for the Regina Coeli as from Easter Sunday for the next 50 days of Eastertide.

The Regina Cæli or Regina Cœli “Queen of Heaven”, is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Christian Church.

It is one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary, prescribed to be sung or recited in the Liturgy of the Hours at the conclusion of the last of the hours to be prayed in common that day, typically night prayer (Compline or Vespers).   Anyone of these four or of other suitable antiphons may now be sung at any time of the liturgical year.   The Regina Coeli is sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Easter Sunday until Pentecost.

While the authorship of the Regina Caeli is unknown, the hymn has been traced back to the 12th century.   It was in Franciscan use, after Compline, in the first half of the following century.   According to Catholic tradition, St Gregory the Great (540-604) heard angels chanting the first three lines one Easter morning in Rome, while following barefoot in a great religious procession of the icon of the Virgin painted by St Luke the Evangelist.   He was thereupon inspired to add the fourth line.

The Regina Coeli

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom thou did merit to bear, alleluia.
Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.
O God, who gave joy to the world
through the resurrection of Thy son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant we beseech Thee,
that through the intercession
of the virgin Mary,
His mother, we may obtain
the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord.
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Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen, Alleluia! – 22 April – The Easter praise of Christ

Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen, Alleluia! – 22 April – Monday of Easter Week

The Easter praise of Christ

Saint Melito of Sardis (Died 180)
Apostolic Father of the Church, Bishop and Martyr

An excerpt from his Easter Homily

We should understand, beloved, that the paschal mystery is at once old and new, transitory and eternal, corruptible and incorruptible, mortal and immortal.   In terms of the Law it is old, in terms of the Word it is new.   In its figure it is passing, in its grace it is eternal.   It is corruptible in the sacrifice of the lamb, incorruptible in the eternal life of the Lord  . It is mortal in his burial in the earth, immortal in his resurrection from the dead.

The Law indeed is old but the Word is new.   The type is transitory but grace is eternal. The lamb was corruptible but the Lord is incorruptible.   He was slain as a lamb. he rose again as God.   He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, yet he was not a sheep.   He was silent as a lamb, yet he was not a lamb.   The type has passed away; the reality has come. The lamb gives place to God, the sheep gives place to a man and the man is Christ, who fills the whole of creation.   The sacrifice of the lamb, the celebration of the Passover and the prescriptions of the Law have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ.   Under the old Law and still more under the new dispensation, everything pointed toward Him.

Both the Law and the Word came forth from Zion and Jerusalem but now the Law has given place to the Word, the old to the new.   The commandment has become grace, the type a reality.   The lamb has become a Son, the sheep a man and man, God.

The Lord, though he was God, became man.   He suffered for the sake of those who suffer, He was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave but He rose from the dead and cried aloud:  Who will contend with Me? Let him confront Me.  I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves.   Who has anything to say against Me?   I, He said, am the Christ, I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one and taken men up to the heights of heaven – I am the Christ.

Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you.   I am your forgiveness.   I am the Passover that brings salvation.   I am the lamb who was immolated for you.   I am your ransom, your life, your resurrection, your light, I am your salvation and your king.   I will bring you to the heights of heaven.   With my own right hand I will raise you up and I will show you the eternal Father.come then all you nations of men - easter mon 22 april 2019 - christ is risen! st melito of sardis.jpg

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Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen, Alleluia! – 22 April – “Behold, He is here!”

Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen, Alleluia! – 22 April – Monday of Easter Week

Quote of the Day

“And He departed from our sight
that we might return to our hearts
and find Him there.
For He left us
and behold,
He is here!”

Saint Augustine (354-430)for he left us and behold he is here - st augustine - easter mon 22 april 2019.jpg


One Minute Reflection – 22 April – And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!”

One Minute Reflection – 22 April – Monday of Easter Week, Gospel: Matthew 28:8–15

And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!”...Matthew 28:9

At dawn you were mourned
By women bearing spices,
Grant that my heart may also shed
Tears of fire for your burning love.

By grace of the angel’s tidings
Shouted from the pinnacle of the rock (Mt 28,2),
Let me hear the last trumpet sound
Proclaiming the resurrection.

With your body born of a Virgin
You were raised from a tomb, virgin and new,
You became for us the first-fruits
And firstborn from the dead

As for me, bound by the Foe
With the evil of bodily sin,
Set me free once more
As you have freed souls in the dwelling of the dead (1Pt 3:19).

You revealed yourself in the garden
To Mary Magdalene,
But have not consented to approach
One who is yet part of a fallen race.

Show yourself also to me on the eighth day,
At the great and final dawn
And graciously grant my unworthy soul
To draw near you at that time.

St Nerses Chnorhali (1102-1173)
Armenian Catholic Patriarchmatthew 28 9 and behold jesus mets them and said Hail - 22 april 2019 easter monday St Nerses Chnorhali (1102-1173)Armenian Catholic Patriarch.jpg

PRAYER – Lord God, grant that Your people may hold fast in life to the mystery of new birth, which they received in faith. May Your glorified Son, Jesus our Hope, who broke the power of hell, destroying sin and death, stay ever with us in our struggles against temptation and guide our steps along the path that leads to a holy earthly end and to You in everlasting life. Mary, holy Mother, please help your children. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with God The Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amenredemptoris mater pray for us 22 april 2019.jpg


Our Morning Offering – 22 April – Easter Prayer

Our Morning Offering – 22 April – Monday of Easter Week

Easter Prayer
By St Pope Gregory the Great (540-604)
One of the original four Doctors of the Latin Church

It is only right,
with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You Father and Your Only-Begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear Father,
by Your wondrous condescension
of Loving-Kindness toward us, Your servants,
You gave up Your Son.
Dear Jesus,
You paid the debt of Adam for us,
to the Eternal Father by Your Blood
poured forth in Loving-Kindness.
You cleared away the darkness of sin
by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death
and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled Heaven and earth.
Our life had no hope of Eternal Happiness
before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins,
restored our innocence and brought us joy.
How inestimable is the tenderness of Your Love!
We pray You, Lord, to preserve Your servants
in the peaceful enjoyment of this Easter happiness.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with God The Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.
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Saint of the Day – 22 April – Saint Pope Caius I (Died 613)

Saint of the Day – 22 April – Saint Pope Caius I (Died 613) – (presumed to be a Martyr) – also called Gaius, was the Bishop of Rome from 17 December 283 to his death in 296. Christian tradition makes him a native of the Dalmatian city of Salona, today Solin near Split, the son of a man also named Caius and a member of a noble family related to the Emperor Diocletian.pope caius

About 280, an early Christian house of worship was established on the site of Santa Susanna, which, like many of the earliest Christian meeting places, was in a house (domus ecclesiae).   The domus belonged, according to the sixth-century acta, to brothers named Caius and Gabinus, prominent Christians.   Caius may be this Pope, or Caius the Presbyter. Gabinus is the name given to the father of Saint Susanna (3rd century Martyr). Thus, sources state that Caius was the uncle of Saint Susanna.

Pope Caius reigned for 13 years until his death in 296 just before the Diocletian persecution.   He was a relative of the Emperor Diocletian – instigator of one of the last great persecution of Christians in the early years of the Church.   Early in his papacy Caius decreed that a man must be a priest before he could be ordained a bishop.PCaius

He is said to have been driven into hiding in the catacombs for eight years whence he died a confessor, however the source from which this information is gleaned is considered unreliable by most historians.   His successor was Pope Marcellinus (died 304).

Caius’ tomb, with the original epitaph, was discovered in the catacomb of Callixtus and in it the ring with which he used to seal his letters.   In 1631, his alleged residence in Rome was turned into a church.   However, it was demolished in 1880 to make room for the Ministry of War, on the Via XX Settembre and his relics were transferred to the chapel of the Barberini family in the Lateran.Pope-Caius-I

Saint Caius’s feast day is celebrated on 22 April, as is that of Saint Pope Soter (see his Biography-   Both are mentioned under 22 April in the Roman Martyrology, the official list of recognised saints.   The entry for Saint Caius is as follows: “At Rome, in the cemetery of Callistus on the Via Appia, the burial of Saint Caius, Pope, who, fleeing from the persecution of Diocletian, died as a confessor of the faith.”

Saints Pope Soter & Pope Caius

St Caius is venerated in Dalmatia and Venice.   In Florence, the church of San Gaggio on the via Senese was dedicated to him, the term Gaggio is a corruption of the name Cajo.

Posted in MARTYRS, SAINT of the DAY

Memorials of the Saints – 22 April

St Abel McAedh
St Aceptismas of Hnaita
St Pope Agapitus I,
St Apelles of Smyrna
St Arwald
St Pope Caius I (Died 296)

St Epipodius of Lyon
St Euflamia
Bl Francis of Fabriano
St Helimenas
St Joseph of Persia
St Leo of Sens
St Leonidas of Alexandria
St Lucius of Laodicea
St Opportuna of Montreuil
St Senorina
St Pope Soter (Died c 174)

St Theodore of Sykeon (Died 613)
About St Theordore:
St Virginio

Martyrs of Alexandria:  No info yet

Martyrs of Persia: Bishops, priests, deacons and laity who were martyred in Persia and celebrated together. Several of them have their stories related in the Acta of Saints Abdon and Sennen.
• Abdiesus the Deacon
• Abrosimus
• Aceptismas of Hnaita
• Aithilahas of Persia
• Azadanes the Deacon
• Azades the Eunuch
• Bicor
• Chrysotelus of Persia
• Helimenas of Persia
• James of Persia
• Joseph of Persia
• Lucas of Persia
• Mareas
• Milles of Persia
• Mucius of Persia
• Parmenius of Persia
• Tarbula of Persia