Hail Virginal Mother!

This hymn is used for Sext in the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception.

Hail, Virginal Mother!
Hail, Purity’s Cell!
Fair Shrine where the Trinity
Loveth to dwell!
Hail, Garden of pleasure!
Celestial Balm!
Cedar of Chastity!
Martyrdom’s Palm!

Thou Land set apart
From uses profane,
And free from the curse
Which in Adam began!
Thou City of God!
Thou Gate of the East!
In thee is all grace,
O Joy of the Blest!

Words: Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, 15th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune: TBD…
Meter: irreg.

Here is the original Latin text of this hymn:

Salve, Virgo puerpera,
Templum Trinitatis,
Angelorum gaudium,
Cella puritatis:
Solamen mœrentium,
Hortus voluptatis:
Palma patientiæ,
Cedrus castitatis.

Terra es benedicta
Et sacerdotalis,
Sancta et immunis
Culpæ originalis.
Civitas altissimi,
Porta orientalis:
In te est omnis gratia,
Virgo singularis. Amen.


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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