Be Joyful, Mary

This Marian hymn of joy for the Easter season is a translation of the 17th Century Latin Regina Caeli. The translator is unknown.

With meter 85.84.7, it is almost always set to the tune REGINA CAELI JUBLIA, was written by Johann Leisentritt (1527-1586), published in his Catholicum Hymnologium Germanicum in 1584.


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Lyrics:

Be joyful, Mary, heav'nly queen,
Gaude, Maria:
Your Son who died was living seen,
Alleluia,
Laetare, O Maria!

The Son you bore by heaven's grace,
Gaude, Maria:
Did all our guilt and sin efface,
Alleluia,
Laetare, O Maria!

The Lord is risen from the dead,
Gaude, Maria:
He rose with might as he had said,
Alleluia,
Laetare, O Maria!

Then pray to God, O Virgin fair,
Gaude, Maria:
That He our souls to heaven bear.
Alleluia!
Laetare, O Maria!

Be joyful, Mary, heav’nly Queen,
Be joyful, Mary!
Your grief is changed to joy serene,
Alleluia!
Rejoice, rejoice, O Mary!

The Son you bore by heaven's grace,
Be joyful, Mary!
Did by His death our guilt erase,
Alleluia!
Rejoice, rejoice, O Mary!

The Lord has risen from the dead,
Be joyful, Mary!
He rose in glory as He said,
Alleluia!
Rejoice, rejoice, O Mary!

Then pray to God, O Virgin fair,
Be joyful, Mary!
That He our souls to heaven bear,
Alleluia!
Rejoice, rejoice, O Mary!


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