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Inviolata es Maria – 11th Century Hymn and Prayer

Mater Inviolata

“Inviolata es Maria” is an traditional Gregorian chant in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This composition goes back to 11th century.

INVIOLATA, integra, et casta es Maria,
quae es effecta fulgida caeli porta.
INVIOLATE, spotless and pure art thou,
O Mary Who wast made the radiant gate of Heaven.
O Mater alma Christi carissima,
suscipe pia laudum praeconia.
Holy mother of Christ most dear,
receive our devout hymn and praise.
Te nunc flagitant devota corda et ora,
nostra ut pura pectora sint et corpora.
Our hearts and tongues now ask of thee
that our souls and bodies may be pure.
Tua per precata dulcisona,
nobis concedas veniam per saecula.
By thy sweet sounding prayers
obtain for us forgiveness forever.
O benigna! O Regina! O Maria,
quae sola inviolata permansisti.
O benevolent! O Queen! O Mary,
who alone among women art inviolate.

From Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1874-1923).

Mater Inviolata
Mater Inviolata, 18th century painting, Museo Nahim Isaías, Guayaquil, Ecuador
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