Easter “Monday of the Angel”

April 1st, 2013

       2013-04-01 Vatican Radio

In Rome, Pope Francis will pray the Regina Coeli at twelve noon with pilgrims who are already filling St. Peter’s square to recite the traditional Marian prayer.  The Regina Coeli is sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through Pentecost Sunday.
To quote Pope John Paul II’s words on this feast day in 2003, “Easter Monday is called “Monday of the Angel” in memory of what happened at dawn on that first day after Saturday. In fact, it was an Angel that comforted the women who, having hurried to the tomb and found it empty, were bewildered and upset…Indeed, if Christ is risen, everything changes and life and history acquire new meaning.”