Ave Maris Stella

This hymn is used for Vespers for Marian feasts throughout the year in the Common of Saints for the BVM in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Breviary. It is used for Vespers II in the Commons for the BVM in the Ordinary Form. It was also used for Vespers in the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Paris Breviary (1736). The hymn “Virgo Singularis” taken from this hymn and shown below is used for Compline in the Services of the Blessed Virgin Mary and on the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14) in the Sarum Breviary. The Sarum Breviary also used the entire hymn for Vespers I & II for the Solemnities of the Immaculate Conception and the Annunciation as well as for Vespers for the Services of the BVM during Advent and after the Feast of the Purification and Vespers I on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ave maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper Virgo,
Felix cæli porta.

Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Evæ* nomen.**

Solve vincula reis,
Profer lumen cæcis
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse matrem:
Sumat per te preces,
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos,
Mitis fac et castos.

Vitam præsta puram,
Iter para tutum:
Ut videntes Iesum
Semper collætemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus. Amen.

Words: Anonymous Latin, ca. 8th C.
Tune (Memorials): “Ave Maris Stella (In Memoriis)” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
Tune (Solemn):Ave Maris Stella (Solemnis)” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
Alternate Tune: “Ave Maris Stella” 18th C melody.
Meter: 6.6.6.6

*This is also sometimes spelled “Hevæ”.
**The Sarum Breviary renders this line “Mutans nomen Evæ.”

Here is the “Virgo Singularis” from the Sarum Breviary:

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos,
Mitis fac et castos.

Vitam præsta puram,
Iter para tutum:
Ut videntes Iesum
Semper collætemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Gentle Star of Ocean
Hail O Star That Pointest

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