Alma Redemptoris Mater

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

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, assist the fallen,
lift up, [you] who cure, the people:
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.

Vesper Antiphon


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)

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