Festum Matris Gloriosæ

This hymn was used for Vespers on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (July 2 at that time) in the Sarum Breviary.

Festum Matris Gloriosæ
Plebs sancta concelebret,
Pietates viscerosæ
Gratiam expostulet,
Quam cognata copiose
Sensit hic Elizabeth.

Fœcundare senectutis
Sterilem aggreditur,
Quæ divinæ iam virtutes
Mater clam efficitur,
Gratulatur cum salutis
Consortem alloquitur.

Mox non loquens exultavit
Ad verbi præsentiam,
Sed Elizabeth expavit
Matris excellentiam,
Benedictam quæ clamavit
Fructus affluentiam.

Unde mihi quisque putet
Hoc, ait, præsagium?
Ut devote me salutet
Mater regis omnium,
Ventris mei fructum mutet
In novum tripudium;

Virgo dum sic commendatur,
Canticum lætitiæ
Psallens, pure gloriatur
In amore gratiæ,
Quo beata predicatur
In omni progenie.

Trine Deus, Summe, Pie,
Regnans æternaliter,
Prece Virginis Mariæ
Nos conserva iugiter,
Ut post finem huius vitæ,
Vivamus perenniter. Amen.

Words: Anonymous, 15th C., from the Sarum Breviary.
Tune: Unknown.
Meter: 87.87.87

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Now in Holy Celebration

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