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. 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).

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

Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Hevæ 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: 66.66

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


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