If you live within earshot of the Monastery you may have noticed a different ringing of the church bell at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m.
At these times throughout the year the bell is tolled to remind us to say a special prayer to Our Lady. Most of the year we recognize the sound of the bell calling us to say the ANGELUS. But there are in fact four such prayers, or Marian antiphons as they are called.
In Advent and at Christmas time we are invited to pray the ALMA REDEMPTORIS MATER (Loving Mother of the Redeemer).
In Lent the bell rings for the AVE REGINA CAELORUM (Hail, Queen of Heaven).
Throughout the years –during the “green seasons” we say the ANGELUS (the Angel of the Lord).
During Easter the Marian Antiphon is the beautiful REGINA COELI (Queen of Heaven). The Regina Coeli is a twelfth century prayer and is also said in honour of the Blessed Virgin after the Night Prayer of the Church.
Queen of heaven, rejoice, Alleluia,
For he whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia,
Has risen as he said, Alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia,
For the Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia.
Let us pray: O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, grant that we may obtain, through his virgin Mother, Mary, the joys of everlasting life, Through the same Christ our Lord, amen.
Sean Wales C.Ss.R