ALMA REDEMPTORIS MATER


Loving mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
Yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners. 

Alma Redemptoris Mater,
quae pervia caeli porta manes, 
et stella maris, succurre cadenti, surgere qui curat, populo: 
tu quae genuisti, natura mirante, 
tuum sanctum Genitorem, 
Virgo prius ac posterius, 
Gabrielis ab ore,
sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere. 

photo: Antoniazzo Romano (mid 1400's) Virgin and Child.

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