The Marian Antiphons

Also called the Marian Anthems (since their musical form is not authentically “antiphonal”), these four sung prayers to Mary are sung at Compline and at the end of Masses where there is a particular devotion to our Holy Mother. They are seasonal and change in accordance with the liturgical calendar. They are:

  • Advent & Christmas: Alma Redemptoris Mater
  • Lent: Ave Regina Caelorum
  • Easter: Regina Caeli
  • Ordinary Time: Salve Regina

Two other, but less well-known, Marian Antiphons for Christmas Eve & Day are O Virgo virginum (O Virgin of Virgins) and Sub tuum praesidium (the Memorare).

For more information, visit:
  http://www.adoremus.org/0907MarianAnthems.html

The current Marian Antiphon will be selected below by default. You can click the headings to view and listen to the music for the other antiphons.

Alma Redemptoris Mater - Advent and Christmas

For Advent and Christmas, we sing the Alma Redemptoris Mater, which we will continue until Lent.
Alma Redemptóris Máter,
quæ pérvia caéli porta mánes,
Et stélla máris, succúrre cadénti
súrgere qui cúrat pópulo:
Tu quæ genuísti, natúra miránte,
túum sánctum Genitórem:
Virgo prius ac postérius,
Gabriélis ab óre súmens íllud Ave,
peccatórum miserére
Mother of Christ! hear thou thy
people's cry, Star of the deep, and
portal of the sky! Sinking we
strive, and call to thee for aid,
Mother of Him who thee from
nothing made: Oh, by that joy
which Gabriel brought to thee,
Thou Virgin first and last, let us
thy mercy see.

Listen to the Alma Redemptoris Mater below:

Alma Redemptoris Mater - Chant Notation:

Alma Redemptoris Mater - chant notation

Ave Regina Caelorum - Lent

During Lent, we will sing the Ave Regina Caelorum:
Ave regina caelorum,
ave domina angelorum:
salve radix, salve porta,
ex qua mundo lux est orta:
Gaude Virgo, gloriosa,
super omnes speciosa,
vale o valde decora,
et pro nobis Christum exora.
Hail, queen of heaven,
hail lady of the angels.
Hail, root, hail the door
through which the Light of the world is risen.
Rejoice, glorious Virgin,
beautiful above all.
Hail, O very fair one,
and plead for us to Christ.

You can listen to the Ave Regina Caelorum below, if you have a browser that supports HTML5 audio and the MP3 codec. If the player does not appear or will not play, you can download the audio file here.


Ave Regina Caelorum score

Ave Regina Caelorum score

Regina Caeli - Easter

During Easter, we will sing the Regina Caeli:
Regina caeli, laetare,
alleluia,
quia quem meruisti portare,
alleluia,
resurrexit, sicut dixit,
alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum,
alleluia.
Queen of heaven, rejoice
alleluia,
For He whom thou wast worthy to bear,
alleluia,
Hath risen, as He said,
alleluia.
Pray for us to God,
alleluia.

You can listen to the Regina Caeli below, if you have a browser that supports HTML5 audio and the MP3 codec. If the player does not appear or will not play, you can download the audio file here.


Regina Caeli score

Regina Caeli score

Salve Regina - Ordinary Time

During Ordinary Time, we sing the Salve Regina:
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

You can listen to the Salve Regina below, if you have a browser that supports HTML5 audio and the MP3 codec. If the player does not appear or will not play, you can download the audio file here.


Salve Regina score

Regina Caeli score