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Alma redemptoris mater

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia coeli
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, pecatorum miserere.

Gracious Mother of the Redeemer, who dost remain
The open Gate to Heaven and Star of the Sea,
Help ythose who fall and seek to rise.
Thou who, while nature stood amazed,
Gavest birth to Him who made thee,
Virgin before and after his human birth,
Thou who didst receive the greeting of Gabriel,
Have mercy on sinners.

on October 25, 2005 10:00pm
what does this song mean? in english please