According to Maria Augusta Trapp, Around the
Year with the Trapp Family (New York: Pantheon, 1955),text by Hermann
the Cripple, 1013-1054, monk at Reichenau in the Lake of Constance. Melody in
the fifth (Lydian) mode. This is the liturgical Antiphon in honor of the Blessed
Virgin for the season of Advent and Christmas.
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Blessed Mother of the Savior,
thou art the gate leading us to heaven,
and Star of the Sea, aid thy falling people,
help all those who seek to rise again.
Thou who art the Mother, all nature wondering,
to thy Lord, thy own Creator: Virgin before, Virgin forever,
from Gabriel's mouth thou didst hear that blessed Ave,
on us poor sinners take pity.