- Votive antiphon in praise of the Virgin Mary sung at the end of compline.1. Alma Redemptoris MaterAlma Redemptoris Mater, quae | Dear Mother of the Redeemer,pervia caeli porta manes, et | the gate through which you leadstella maris succurre cadenti | us to heaven, and star of thesurgere qui curat populo. Tu | sea, help the fallen people,quae genuisti, nature mirante, | those who seek to rise. Youtuum sanctum Genitorem. Virgo | who gave birth, with all natureprius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab | wondering, to your holy Creoresumen 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 CaelorumAve Regina caelorum, ave Do- | Hail Queen of the heavens, hailmina Angelorum: salve radix, | mistress of the angels, hail rootsalve porta, ex qua mundo lux | [of Jesse], hail the gate throughest orta. Gaude Virgo gloriosa, | whom the world’s Light is born.super omnes speciosa. Vale, o | Rejoice, glorious Virgin, lovelivaldedecora, et pro nobis | est of all creatures. Go up onChristum exora. | high, and pray for us to Christ.3. Regina Caeli LaetareRegina 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 hasluia. Ora pro nobis Deum, | risen as he said, alleluia. Prayalleluia. | to God for us, alleluia.4. Salve ReginaSalve, Regina, mater misericor- | Hail, Queen, mother of mercy,diae: vita, dulcedo, et spes nos- | our life, sweetness and hope. Totra, salve. Ad te clamamus, | you we cry, banished childrenexsules, filii Hevae. Ad te | of Eve. To you we sigh, mournsuspiramus,gementes et flentes | ing and weeping in this valleyin hac lacrimarum valle. Eia | of tears. Therefore, our Advoergo,Advocata nostra, illos tuos | cate, turn your eyes of mercymisericordes oculos ad nos con- | toward us. And after this ourverte. Et Jesum, benedictum | exile show to us the blessedfructum ventris tui, nobis post | fruit of your womb, Jesus. Ohoc exsilium ostende. O clem- | clement, o pious, o sweet Virginens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria. | Mary.
Historical dictionary of sacred music. Joseph P. Swain. 2006.
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