O clarissima mater

Mother and Son, Symphonia Series

FORM Responsory for the Virgin
DIFFICULTY Difficult
LENGTH Long
SOURCE Dendermonde f.153 verso – 154 recto

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TEXT AND TRANSLATION

O clarissima mater
sancte medicine,
tu ungenta
per sanctum Filium tuum
infudisti
in plangentia vulnera mortis,
que Eva edificavit
in tormenta animarum.
Tu destruxisti mortem,
edificando vitam.

R. Ora pro nobis
ad tuum natum,
stella maris, Maria.

V. O vivificum instrumentum
et letum ornamentum
et dulcedo omnium deliciarum,
que in te non deficient.

R. Ora pro nobis
ad tuum natum,
stella maris, Maria.

Gloria Patri et Filio
et Spiritui sancto.

R. Ora pro nobis
ad tuum natum,
stella maris, Maria.

O blinding-bright mother
of holy healing
you have smeared
-through your sacred son-
a balm on
the wailing wounds of death,
wounds which Eve constructed
to be scourges of the soul.
You have destroyed death
by laying life’s foundations.

R. Pray for us
to your son,
star of the sea, Mary.

V. Oh, life-giving implement,
and joyful adornment
and sweetness of all elation,
never lacking in you

R. Pray for us
to your son,
star of the sea, Mary.

Glory to the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit.

R. Pray for us
to your son,
star of the sea, Mary.

 


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Musical transcription by Allison Mondel
Latin translation by Hugh McElroy

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