Ave Maris Stella

Genre: Choral

Mood: Religious

Forces: SATB

Length: 6 Minutes


Mary, Star of the Sea has inspired many composers over the years.

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Performed by the Choir of St Martin in the Fields directed by Andrew Earis.


Ave, maris stella,
Déi mater alma,
atque semper virgo,
félix caeli porta.

Sumens illud Ave
Gabriélis ore,
funda nos in pace,
mutans Evae nomen.

Solve vincla reis,
profer lumen caecis,
mala nostra pelle,
bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse matrem,
sumat per te precem
qui pro nobis natus
tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singuláris,
inter omnes mitis,
nos culpis solútos
mites fac et castos.

Vitam praesta puram,
iter para tutum,
ut vidéntes Iesum
semper collaetémur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
summo Christo decus,
Spirítui Sancto
honor, tribus unus.

Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav'nly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve's name.

Break the sinners' fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.

Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.

Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one.


First performance:
19 September 2009, Choir of St Martin in the Fields, dir Andrew Earis, Tudeley, Kent.