Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!

December 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

[Taken from a Medieval hymn]

To one that is so fair and bright,

Velut maris stella,

Brighter than the day is light,

Parens et puella,

I cry to thee to turn to me:

Lady, pray thy Son for me,

Tam pia,

That I may come to thee,


In sorrow, counsel thou are best,

Felix fecundata:

For all the weary thou art rest,

Mater honorata:

Beseech him in thy mildest mood,

Who for us did shed his blood

In cruce,

That we may come to him

In luce.

All this world was forlorn,

Eva peccatrice,

Till our Savior Lord was born

De te genetrice;

With thy Ave sin went away,

Dark night went and in came day


The well of healing sprang from thee


Lady, flower of every thing,

Rosa sine spina,

Thou bore Jesu, heaven’s King,

Gratia divina.

Of all I say thou bore the prize,

Lady, Queen of paradise,


Maiden mild, Mother

Es effecta.

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