Ave maris stella (in memoriis)

                                                                                                                              Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland

1.  Hail, star of the sea, blessed Mother of God
     and ever Virgin, happy gate of heaven. 

2.  Receiving that Ave from the mouth of Gabriel,
     establish us in peace, changing the name of Eve.

3.  Loosen the chains of sinners, give light to the blind,
     drive away our ills, obtain for us all good things. 

4.  Show thyself a mother may he hear thy prayers
     Who, born for us, was willing to be thy Son.

5.  Virgin above all others, meeker than all,
     make us free from sin, meek and pure. 

6.  Obtain for us a pure life, make safe our path,
     That seeing Jesus we may ever rejoice with thee.

7.  To God the Father be praise, glory to Christ on high,  
     honour to the Holy Spirit, one in three.  Amen.

In honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Suggested use:  Vespers hymn;  Mass: Offertory

Note: The above music is from the Liber usualis (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, 1903, page 700); updated version is in the Liber Hymnarius (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, 1998, page 260). To obtain the music with updated notation, please purchase the Liber Hymnarius solesmes.com ).     

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