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Sacred Music Studies
Year 1 - May

Month at-a-glance:
Antiphon: Regína caéli 

Gregorian chant: Continue work in the Coloring book

Extra Listening for Enjoyment: Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration

Learn More about Sacred Music: Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration, and a guided video picture study
Read on, and do as little, or as much as you'd like! I chose this hymn because it is sung during the Easter season after Compline.  

Regína caéli

A Few Facts:
  • The antiphon appears in the Roman Breviary from Compline of Holy Saturday until the Saturday after Pentecost.
Found online at
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Listen on YouTube


V. Regína caéli laetáre, allelúia.
R. Quía quem meruísti portáre, allelúia.

V. Resurréxit sícut díxit, allelúia.
R. Ora pro nóbis Déum, allelúia.

V. Gáude et laetáre, Vírgo María, allelúia.
R. Quía surréxit Dóminus vére, allelúia.

Oremus: Déus, qui per resurrectiónem Fílii Túi Dómini nóstri Jésu Chrísti múndum laetificáre dignátus es: praésta, quaésumus: ut per ejus Genitrícem Vírginem Maríam, perpétuae capiámus gáudia vítae. Per eúndem Chrístum Dóminum nóstrum. Ámen.

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia: 
R. For he whom thou hast deserved to bear, alleluia,

V. Hath risen, as he said, alleluia. 
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. 
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who by the Resurrection of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Roman Breviary)

More Sacred Music to Listen to and Enjoy:

Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration - A BBC production of an Easter concert conducted by Harry Christophers that guides listeners through over 1000 years of sacred music history. 

Chant Propers for the Extraordinary Form (CCWatershed) - if you have 15 minutes to spare one weekend, try listening to the ancient chants for the Sunday propers.

Chant Kyriale (CCWatershed) - did you know there are 18 different Gregorian Mass settings?
For further learning about sacred music:
- Read the ninth and tenth Q&A: What is polyphony and what makes it specially
suited to liturgy?
and Who are some of the most important composers
of polyphony?
(Many of these are showcased in the video below!)

- Sacred Music: An Easter Celebration  
Optional Enrichment and Learning for Homeschoolers
Language Arts and History Ideas
Religious Ideas:
- PRAY the Regina Caeli morning, noon and night for a partial indulgence - it replaces the Angelus until the Saturday after Pentecost 

Search the Catechism for related topics; read and discuss.

- Watch this 2.5 minute guided picture study of the painting "Mary, Queen of Heaven"

- Add drawn symbols, images, and embellishments to the sheet music for the family hymnal
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I started a Google+ community for these studies. This has great potential for being a place to: 1) discuss the music we are learning each month, and 2) share our learning experiences with others. I think it would be helpful if Q&A, interesting facts found, or other helpful information could be easily seen and discussed by all.  Think of it as an online study and support group. 

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