Ave Maria


Rubens: The Assumption of the Virgin

Today if the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. I would like to share two musical renditions of the great marial prayer, the Ave Maria.

By Schubert, sung by Barbara Bonney:

And by Gounod, inspired by Bach, and sung here by Cecilia Bartoli:

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Or in English:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

And in French:

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce,
Le Seigneur est avec vous.
Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes et Jésus,
Le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
Priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
Maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort.

Happy Assumption!

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