Phillips, Peter: Alma Redemptoris Mater

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli porta manes et stella maris:
succurre cadenti surgere qui curat populo.
Tu quae genuisti natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem,
virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore sumens illud Ave,
peccatorum miserere.

O loving Mother of our Redeemer, gate of heaven and star of the sea,
hasten to aid thy fallen people who strive to rise once more.
Thou who brought forth thy holy Creator, all creation wondering,
yet remainest ever Virgin, taking from Gabriel’s lips that joyful Ave,
be merciful to us sinners.

Words: Marian Antiphon for Compline
Music: Peter Philips (c. 1560–1628)