The Seasonal Marian Antiphon Holy Cards: The Alma Redemptoris Mater/O Loving Mother of Our Redeemer (in Latin and English). The Season for each Marian Antiphon is noted on the back of each card.
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Alma Redemptoris Mater
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
Porta manes, et stella maris, sucurre 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.
Usque ad diem 23 decembris:
V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae.
R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.Oremus. Gratiam
tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde;
ut, qui, angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem
cognovimus, per passionem ejus et crucem, ad
resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eumdem Christum
Dominum nostrum. Amen.
A die 24 decembris:
V. Post partum, Virgo, inviolata permansisti.
R. Dei Genitrix, intercede pro nobis.Let us pray. Deus,
qui salutis aeternae, beatae Mariae virginitate fecudna,
humano generi praemia praestitisti: tribue, quaesumus,
ut ipsam pro nobis intercedere sentiamus, per quam
meruimus auctorem vitae suscipere, Dominum nostrum
Iesum Christum, Filium tuum. Amen
O Loving Mother of our Redeemer
O loving Mother of our Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Hasten to aid thy fallen people who strive to rise once more.
Thou who brought forth thy holy Creator, all
Yet remainest ever Virgin, taking from Gabriel’s lips
that joyful “Hail!”: be merciful to us sinners.
Up through the day before Christmas Eve:
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our
hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy
Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may
by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His
resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
From Christmas Eve on:
V. Thou gavest birth without loss of thy virginity:
R. Intercede for us, O holy Mother of God.Let us pray.
O God, Who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary
hast offered unto the human race the rewards of
eternal salvation, grant, we beseech thee, that we may
know the effects of her intercession, through whom we
have deserved to receive the author of life, our Lord
Jesus Christ, Thy Son. Amen
The great seasonal Marian antiphons are four beautiful and
ancient prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They come from
the Divine Office, office of Compline, the last of the sung
hours of the day; and they are said or sung immediately
before going to sleep.
The Marian antiphons are “seasonal” because they shift
according to the liturgical seasons of the year. Each of the four
also has a simple tone Gregorian melody that accompanies the Latin text.
When sung at the conclusion of Mass, only the anthem is
sung, the anthem is in bold text.
Alma Redemptoris Mater
The Alma Redemptoris Mater is sung from the first Sunday of
Advent until the Feast of the Purification on February 2 (the
original ending date of the Christmas season).
Ave Regina Caelorum
The Ave Regina Caelorum is sung from Candlemas Day (the
Feast of the Presentation, February 2) through Wednesday of
Holy Week (the Wednesday before Easter).
The Regina Caeli is sung throughout Eastertide, from Easter
Day through Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter.
The Salve Regina is sung from the day after Pentecost Sunday
until the first Sunday of Advent.