The Angelus & Regina Coeli Prayers

The Angelus & Regina Coeli Prayers



Ella Germana Bach


Presentation: 10:45-12:00, Kennedy Union Ballroom



The Angelus and the Regina Coeli are two prayers recited at 6 am, noon and 6 pm, the Regina Coeli being prayed in place of the Angelus during Eastertide. The Angelus is comprised of 3 sections with a Hail Mary in between, while the Regina Coeli has 6 sections ending in alleluia. Although the exact origins of both prayers are unknown, the Angelus is thought to begin from monks who prayed three Hail Mary’s in the evening at the last church bell. The Regina Coeli, comes from a legend where three angels appeared to St. Gregory the Great on an Easter morning, chanting the first three lines of the Regina Coeli. Both prayers appeared in manuscripts from the 12th and 13th centuries. The Angelus and Regina Coeli were approved to be prayed at the bells by Pope Benedict XIV in 1724 and 1742, respectively. These prayers represent multiple biblical passages and are tied in with the dogma of the Mother of God. The Angelus is especially related to the 4th Sunday in Advent while the Regina Coeli is related to the Easter season to celebrate the resurrection. These prayers promote feeling a sense of peace, joy and grounding as they plead for Mary’s mediation and reflect on her trust in God which Catholics aim to emulate. Overall, both of these prayers are very important to the Catholic faith and provide a way of meditation and a reminder of what Mary did for Catholics.

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Project Designation

Course Project 202380 REL 250 05

Primary Advisor

Neomi D. DeAnda, Gloria Falcao Dodd

Primary Advisor's Department

International Marian Research Institute


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Faith; Traditions

The Angelus & Regina Coeli Prayers