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Ave Maris Stella

Ave, maris stella, Hail, star of the sea,
Dei Mater alma, loving Mother of God,
Atque semper Virgo, and also always a virgin,
Felix cæli porta. Happy gate of heaven.
 
Sumens illud Ave Receiving that Ave
Gabrielis ore, from Gabriel’s mouth
Funda nos in pace, confirm us in peace,
Mutans Evæ nomen. Reversing Eva’s name.
 
Solve vincla reis, Break the chains of sinners,
Profer lumen cæcis, Bring light to the blind,
Mala nostra pelle, Drive away our evils,
Bona cuncta posce Ask for all good.
 
Monstra te esse matrem, Show yourself to be a mother,
Sumat per te preces, May he accept prayers through you,
Qui pro nobis natus he who, born for us,
Tulit esse tuus. Chose to be yours.
 
Virgo singularis, O unique virgin,
Inter omnes mitis, Meek above all,
Nos culpis solutos, Make us, absolved from sin,
Mites fac et castos. Gentle and chaste.
 
Vitam præsta puram, Keep life pure,
Iter para tutum, Make the journey safe,
Ut videntes Jesum, So that, seeing Jesus,
Semper collætemur. We may always rejoice together.
 
Sit laus Deo Patri, Let there be praise to God the Father,
Summo Christo decus Glory to Christ in the highest,
Spiritui Sancto, To the Holy Spirit,
Tribus honor unus. Amen. One honor to all three. Amen.
 
tr. Allen H Simon