Alma redemptoris mater

Ockeghem, Johannes (c. 1410–1497)
Original Text English Translation
Alma Redemptoris Mater,
quae pervia caeli
porta manes, et stella maris,
succurre cadenti
surgere qui curat, populo:
tu quae genuisti natura mirante,
tuum sanctum Genitorem:
Virgo prius ac posterius,
Gabrielis ab ore sumens illud Ave,
peccatorum miserere.
Loving mother of the Redeemer,
that passage to heaven,
gate of the morning, and star of the sea,
help your fallen people
as they try to rise up again,
you who bore to the wonderment of nature,
your holy Creator,
Virgin before and after,
who received from Gabriel that joyful greeting,
have mercy on us sinners.

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