Ave maris stella (Solemn tone)

                                                                                     Schola Sanctae Scholasticae and St. Cecilia's Abbey, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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:  Music from the Parish Book of Chant (CMAA, 2012, page 220) and used with permission from The Church Music Association of America. Book can be purchased at amazon.com  and is also available by download from http://media.musicasacra.com/pdf/pbc-web.pdf

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