Motherly hymn: Salve, Mater Misericordiae

July 16, 2014
Source: District of the USA

This beautiful hymn of Our Lady, attributed to the Carmelite Order, expresses our devotion to her as our Mother, who is solicitous to the needs of her children.

Image above: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with Carmelites (from left to right: St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Simon Stock, St. Teresa of Avila).

Today (July 16) is the commemoration of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which also brings to mind the Carmelite Order, the Brown Scapular and St. Simon Stock and the great mystics, Sts. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and the beloved Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux.

In connection with the Carmelites, we offer for the consideration of our readers an ancient chant of this ancient monastic order, the popular Latin hymn, Salve, Mater Misericordiae. Composed in the 11th century, this beautiful hymn to Blessed Virgin Mary, exemplifies her role as Mother of all Christians and thus her special role as Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix.

Latin English

Salve, Mater misericordiae,
Mater Dei et Mater veniae,
Mater spei et Mater gratiae,
Mater plena sanctae laetitiae,
O Maria!

Salve, decus humani generis.
Salve, Virgo dignior ceteris,
quae virgines omnes transgrederis
et altius sedes in superis.
O Maria!

Salve, Mater...

Salve, felix Virgo puerpera:
Nam qui sedet in Patris dextera,
Caelum regens, terram et aethera,
Intra tua se clasit viscera.
O Maria!

Salve, Mater...

Esto, Mater, nostrum solatium:
Nostrum esto, tu Virgo,
gaudium, et nos tandem post hoc exsilium,
Laetos juge choris caelestium.
O Maria!

Salve Mater...

Hail, Mother of mercy,
Mother of God and Mother of pardon,
Mother of hope and Mother of grace,
Mother, full of holy gladness.
O Mary!

Hail, honor of the human race.
Hail most worthy Virgin
because thou overcomest all virgins
and art seated of in highest honor.
O Mary!

Hail, Mother...

Hail, blest Virgin yet bearing child:
For He Who sits at the Father's right hand,
The ruler of heaven, of earth and sky,
has sheltered Himself in thy womb.
O Mary!

Hail, Mother...

Become, O Mother, our solace:
Be for us our source of joy,
and at the last, after this exile,
unite us with the praising celestial choir.
O Mary!

Hail mother...

In addition to the featured musical suggestions below, we would also like to remind our readers of the traditional Discalced Carmelite nuns located in Spokane, Washington and started by Mother Marie Christiane (blood sister of Archbishop Lefebvre).

Musical suggestions