This hymn is used for Lauds for Marian feasts throughout the year in the Common of Saints for the BVM in the Extraordinary Form. It is used for Lauds in the Commons for the BVM in the Ordinary Form.
O Queen of all the Virgin choir!
Enthron’d above the starry sky!
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.
What man had lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the wretched here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.
Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through Thee redeem ‘d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
Words: ascr. St. Venantius Fortunatus, 6th C.; tr. Fr. Edward Caswall, 1849.
Tune: “O Gloriosa Domina” Gregorian Chant, Mode II, traditional.
The original Latin text (O Gloriosa Virginum) of this hymn may be found here.