Marian Antiphon

Marian Antiphon
   Votive antiphon in praise of the Virgin Mary sung at the end of compline.
1. Alma Redemptoris Mater
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae   |   Dear Mother of the Redeemer,
pervia caeli porta manes, et   |   the gate through which you lead
stella maris succurre cadenti   |   us to heaven, and star of the
surgere qui curat populo. Tu   |   sea, help the fallen people,
quae genuisti, nature mirante,   |   those who seek to rise. You
tuum sanctum Genitorem. Virgo   |   who gave birth, with all nature
prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab   |   wondering, to your holy Creore
sumen illud Ave, pecca-   |   ator, Virgin before and after,
torum miserere.   |   who heard from Gabriel’s mouth that "Ave," have mercy on us sinners.
2. Ave Regina Caelorum
Ave Regina caelorum, ave Do-   |   Hail Queen of the heavens, hail
mina Angelorum: salve radix,   |   mistress of the angels, hail root
salve porta, ex qua mundo lux   |   [of Jesse], hail the gate through
est orta. Gaude Virgo gloriosa,   |   whom the world’s Light is born.
super omnes speciosa. Vale, o   |   Rejoice, glorious Virgin, lovelivalde
decora, et pro nobis   |   est of all creatures. Go up on
Christum exora.   |   high, and pray for us to Christ.
3. Regina Caeli Laetare
Regina caeli laetare, alleluia.   |   Rejoice, Queen of heaven, alle-
Qua quem meruisti portare, alle-   |   luia, for Him whom you meriluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alle-   |   ted to bear, alleluia. He has
luia. Ora pro nobis Deum,   |   risen as he said, alleluia. Pray
alleluia.   |   to God for us, alleluia.
4. Salve Regina
Salve, Regina, mater misericor-   |   Hail, Queen, mother of mercy,
diae: vita, dulcedo, et spes nos-   |   our life, sweetness and hope. To
tra, salve. Ad te clamamus,   |   you we cry, banished children
exsules, filii Hevae. Ad te   |   of Eve. To you we sigh, mournsuspiramus,
gementes et flentes   |   ing and weeping in this valley
in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia   |   of tears. Therefore, our Advoergo,
Advocata nostra, illos tuos   |   cate, turn your eyes of mercy
misericordes oculos ad nos con-   |   toward us. And after this our
verte. Et Jesum, benedictum   |   exile show to us the blessed
fructum ventris tui, nobis post   |   fruit of your womb, Jesus. O
hoc exsilium ostende. O clem-   |   clement, o pious, o sweet Virgin
ens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.   |   Mary.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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