15 April 2009

Regina caeli laetare

I had some work at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum. I blew leaves and weeded. I worked with Tonya. We were maintaining a garden bed that's to be redesigned and replanted. It was the day after Easter Sunday.
After a bit all I could hear was the Regina caeli latare, by the Venetian, Antonio Lotti (1667 - 1740), which the choir at St. James Episcopal, Knoxville, TN., performed for our Easter service as a communion anthem.
In the midst of the blower's drone, up into my mind pops the opening lyric and music (base) drowning out the drone. This is very pleasant, and I feel quite happy singing out loud!
Here's a link to what the music sorta sounds like, click on "listen preview" to the mid and very right of the page. The link isn't for double choir, nor is it antiphonal, where our choir was split in two placed in separate parts of the nave calling and responding as we sang to one another with the congregation seated between. We sang the Latin lyric; below is Latin and an English translation.

Regina caeli laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia:
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et lætare Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom thou wast worthy to bear, alleluia.
Hath risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.

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

Easter; it's a season and lasts 56 days.

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