HYMNS

Hail, Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
The original Latin words and music are
attributed to Hermannus Contractus in the 11th century.


Hail! holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
Hail! Mother of Mercy and of love, O Maria!
(Chorus)
Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us,
ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!
(Chorus)

To thee we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!
(Chorus)

This earth is but a vale of tears, O Maria!
A place of banishment, of fears, O Maria!
(Chorus)

Turn then, most gracious advocate, O Maria!
Toward us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!
(Chorus)

When this our exile is complete, O Maria!
Show us thy, Son, Our Jesus sweet, O Maria!
(Chorus)

O clement, gracious, Mother sweet, O Maria!
O Virgin Mary, we entreat, O Maria!
(Chorus)

Angels, all your praises bring, Earth and heaven, with us sing,
All creation echoing:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

Hail, O Star of the Ocean (Ave Maris Stella)

A traditional 9th century hymn used in
Evening Prayer and Marian feasts.

Hail, O Star of the ocean, God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin, gate of heav'nly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave, which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us, changing Eve's name.

Break the sinners' fetters, make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us, for all blessings pray.

Show thyself a Mother, may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling, mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us meek and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless, make our way secure
till we find in Jesus, joy for evermore.

Praise to God the Father, honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit, be the glory one.
Amen.


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MARY WITH SAINTS PRASSEDE AND PRUDENZIANA

Ninth century Roman mosaic

Mary Mosaic

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VIRGIN AND CHILD

Sixth century Serbian relief sculpture

Mary Relief
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MERODE ALTARPIECE

by Robert Campin (Master of Flemelle)

 Merode

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