Prayer from the Catholic Tradition


Alma Redemptóris Mater, quæ pérvia cæli
Porta manes, et stella maris, succúrre cadénti,
Súrgere qui curat pópulo: tu quæ genuísti,
Natúra miránte, tuum sanctum Genitórem
Virgo prius ac postérius, Gabriélis ab ore
Sumens illud Ave, peccatórum miserére.

This Antiphon is traditionally sung at the end of Night Prayer, Part of the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours. It is sung from the beginning of Advent until the end of the Christmas season, or even to February 2nd (the former end of the season of Christmas)

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

You might like to hear it sung

Mosaic from St Nicholas church, Boldmere. (c) 2015…

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