Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ave Maris Stella

This is one of the pieces that they sang last weekend. It touches me deeply.
Here is the English translation of the song:
Hail, Star of the Sea,
Loving Mother of God,
And Virgin Immortal,
Heaven's blissful portal!

Receiving that "Ave"
From the mouth of Gabriel,
Reversing the name of "Eva,"
Establish us in peace.

Break the chains of sinners,
Bring light to the blind,
Drive away our evils,
And ask for all good things.

Show thyself to be a mother,
That, through thee,
He may accept our prayers,
He who, born for us,
Chose to be your Son.

O incomparable Virgin,
Meek above all others,
Make us, freed from our faults,
Meek and chaste.

Keep our life pure,
Make our journey safe,
So that, seeing Jesus,
We may rejoice together forever.

Let there be praise to God the Father,
And glory to Christ the most High,
And to the Holy Spirit,
And to the Three be one honor. Amen.

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