Ave Maris Stella

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Ave Maris Stella - Hail Star of the Ocean - Blessed Virgin Mary

Ave Maris Stella is a popular liturgical hymn of unknown origin. It can be dated back to at least the 9th century for it is preserved in the Codex Sangallensis, a 9th century manuscript now in the Swiss Monastery of St. Gallen. Its appearance in the Codex points to a composition possibly in the 8th century. The hymn is frequently attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) and sometimes has been attributed to King Robert (1031), both of whom are too late to have authored it. It has also been attributed to Venantius Fortunatus (d 609) and Paul the Deacon (d 787). It is found in ancient codices of the Divine Office for Vespers on Marian feasts. Today it is still in use in the Divine Office and in the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin.

AVE maris stella,

Dei Mater alma,

atque semper Virgo,

felix caeli porta.

Sumens illud Ave

Gabrielis ore,

funda nos in pace,

mutans Hevae nomen.

Solve vincula reis,

profer lumen caecis

mala nostra pelle,

bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse matrem:

sumat per te preces,

qui pro nobis natus,

tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,

inter omnes mitis,

nos culpis solutos,

mites fac et castos.

Vitam praesta puram,

iter para tutum:

ut videntes Iesum

semper collaetemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,

summo Christo decus,

Spiritui Sancto,

tribus honor unus. Amen.

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

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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