REGINA CÆLI (for Easter Time) By Gregory V (+998)
V. Regína cæli lætáre. Allelúia.
R. Quia quem meruísti portáre. Allelúia.
V. Resurréxit, sicut dixit. Allelúia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum. Allelúia.
V. Gaude et lætáre, Virgo María. Allelúia.
R. Quia surréxit Dóminus vere. Allelúia.
Deus, qui per resurrectiónem Fílii tui Dómini nostri Iesu Christi mundum lætificáre dignátus es: præsta, quæsumus; ut per eius Genetrícem Vírginem Maríam perpétuæ capiámus gáudia vitæ. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
R. Amen.

V. O Queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia.
R. For whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia.
V. Has risen as he said, Alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
R. For the Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia.
Lets us pray:
God our Father, you give joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary, bring us to the happiness of eternal life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Regina Coeli con Benedetto XVI – YouTube

The future role of the remnant among the nations

Then among the many peoples,
the remnant of Jacob will be
like dew from the LORD,
like raindrops on the grass,
putting no hope in men,
expecting nothing from mankind.
Then among the many peoples,
the remnant of Jacob will be
like a lion among beasts of the forest,
like a young lion among flocks of sheep
trampling as he goes,
mangling his prey which no one takes from him.[1]

[1] Mi 5:6-8

Dies Irae

Prelude: judgment on all creation

I mean to sweep away everything
off the face of the earth
– it is the LORD who speaks.
I mean to sweep away men and beasts,
the birds of the air and the fish of the sea,
I mean to send the wicked staggering,
And wipe man off the face of the earth
– it is the LORD who speaks.


Against unbelievers


those who say in their hearts,
‘The LORD has no power
for good or for evil’.
Then their wealth will be given up to looting,
their households to plundering.
They built households to plundering.
They built houses, did they? They will not live in them.
They planted vineyards, did they? They will not drink their wine.

The day of the LORD

The great day of the LORD is near,
near, and coming with all speed.
How bitter the sound of the day of the LORD,


the day of wrath, that day,

cf. Zp 1:2-3, 12-13, 14-15

‘The spirit in me,’ says Pope Francis ‘test it!’

‘The spirit in me,’ says Pope Francis ‘test it!’ (cf. 1 Cor 14:31-33 & 1 Jn 4:1-6)


He also speaks about the moment during the conclave when he began to realise that he might be elected pope. At lunch on Wednesday, March 13, he felt a deep and inexplicable inner peace and comfort come over him, he said, along with a great darkness. | Interview with Pope Francis by Fr Antonio Spadaro (L’Osservatore Romano, 21 September 2013) |

Again from the same interview:

I chose to live here, in Room 201, because when I took possession of the papal apartment, inside myself I distinctly heard a ‘no.’

[Update Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Room 201 …hmmm… 2+0+1 = 3]

And from: Council of Cardinals; pope interviews; Assisi; Francis the mystic; and war on Christians | National Catholic Reporter |

Back in April, I interviewed his sister, Maria Elena Bergoglio, and even she told me that something was different about her brother since he took over the church’s top job.

 Recently, I spoke to one of the cardinals who elected Francis (not an American, by the way), who had been received by the pope in a private audience. The cardinal told me he had said point-blank to Francis, “You’re not the same guy I knew in Argentina.”

According to this cardinal, the pope’s reply was more or less the following: “When I was elected, a great sense of inner peace and freedom came over me, and it’s never left me.”

I shudder to think …

The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch men with fire; men were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of G_d who had power over these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory[1].

The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was in darkness; men gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the G_d of heaven for their pain and sores, and they did not repent of their deeds[2].

cf. CCC 979 In this battle against our inclination towards evil, who could be brave and watchful enough to escape every wound of sin? “If the Church has the power to forgive sins, then Baptism cannot be her only means of using the keys of the Kingdom of heaven received from Jesus Christ. The Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives.”

[1] Rv 16:8-9

[2] Rv 16:10-11