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Stella Matutina: Carmelite Nuns of Lafayette

STELLA MATUTINA – Latin

Stella matutina, Ave Maria!

 Laus tibi et vita,

 Nostra Domina!

 

Refrain: Maria, Mater Dei,

 Nos omnes adjuva!

 

Rosa sine spina, Ave Maria!

A Deo electa,

 Nostra Domina! 

 

Refrain: Maria, Mater Dei,

 Nos omnes adjuva!

 

 Perduc nos ad Christum, Ave Maria!

 Filium dilectum!

 Nostra Domina! 

 

Refrain: Maria, Mater Dei

 Nos omnes adjuva!

ENGLISH TRANSLATION: 

Hail Mary, Morning Star!

Praise to you and life,

Our Lady!

 

Refrain:  Mary, Mother of God,

Come to the aid of us all!

 

Hail Mary, Rose without thorns!

Chosen one of God,

Our Lady!

 

Refrain:  Mary, Mother of God,

Come to the aid of us all!

 

Hail Mary, Lead us to Christ!

(Your) Beloved Son!

Our Lady!

 

Refrain:  Mary, Mother of God,

Come to the aid of us all!

 

 
 
Taken from Redemptoris Mater, Pope John Paul II in 1987.

The Church has constantly been aware that Mary appeared on the horizon of salvation history before Christ. It is a fact that when “the fullness of time” was definitively drawing near – the saving advent of Emmanuel – she who was from eternity destined to be his Mother already existed on earth. The fact that she “preceded” the coming of Christ is reflected every year in the liturgy of Advent. Therefore, if to that ancient historical expectation of the Savior we compare these years which are bringing us closer to the end of the second Millennium after Christ and to the beginning of the third, it becomes fully comprehensible that in this present period we wish to turn in a special way to her, the one who in the “night” of the Advent expectation began to shine like a true “Morning Star” (Stella Matutina). For just as this star, together with the “dawn,” precedes the rising of the sun, so Mary from the time of her Immaculate Conception preceded the coming of the Savior, the rising of the “Sun of Justice” in the history of the human race.

Her presence in the midst of Israel – a presence so discreet as to pass almost unnoticed by the eyes of her contemporaries – shone very clearly before the Eternal One, who had associated this hidden “daughter of Sion” (cf. Zeph. 3:14; Zeph. 2:10) with the plan of salvation, embracing the whole history of humanity. With good reason, then, at the end of this Millennium, we Christians who know that the providential plan of the Most Holy Trinity is the central reality of Revelation and of faith feel the need to emphasize the unique presence of the Mother of Christ in history . . .

~ from Redemptoris Mater by St. John Paul II