Ave Maris Stella

A prayer of the Catholic Church

The Coronation of the Virgin by El Greco. Date: 1591. This work is in the public domain. {{ PD-US }}

The Coronation of the Virgin by El Greco. Date: 1591. This work is in the public domain. {{PD-US}}

Ave Maris Stella

Hail thou star of ocean
Portal of the sky,
Ever virgin Mother,
Of the Lord Most High.

O! by Gabriel’s Ave,
Uttered long ago,
Eva’s name reversing,
Established peace below.

Break the captives’ fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.

Show thyself a Mother,
Offer Him our sighs,
Who for us incarnate
Did not thee despise.

Virgin of all virgins
To thy shelter take us,
Gentlest of the gentle
Chaste and gentle make us.

Still, as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with thee and Jesus
We rejoice forever.

Through the highest heaven,
To the almighty Three
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen.

Ave Maris Stella

Ave Maris Stella
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta.

Sumens illud ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Evae nomen.

Solve vincia reis
Profer lumen caecis
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse Matrem
Sumat per te preces
Qui pro nobis natus
Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis
Inter omnes mitis
Nos culpis solutos
Mites fac et castos.

Vitam presta puram
Iter para tutum,
Ut, videntes Jesum
Semper collaetemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Cristo decus
Spiritui sancto:
Tribus honor unus. Amen.