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Nascente Maria


Per la Madonna
Originally for Soprano and basso continuo.
Original Language: Latin

Nascente Maria himnum cantate
nobis de canticis Angelorum.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gaudeat omnis terra
Mariæ Virginis illustrata natali.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Concinite lætantes chori
et alternantibus modulis
Mariam nascentem excipite.

Laudate, benedicite, adorate Mariam.
Nascitur Maria ut sit salutis exordium.
Nascitur Maria ut mundo succurat perdito.
Nascitur Maria ut sit peccatorum venia.
Nascitur Maria ut sit reconciliationis remedium.
Laudate, benedicite, adorate Mariam.

Nascente Maria Ecclesiæ Aurora consurgit,
solem iustitiæ mundum cum lætitia Paritura.

O femmina super femminas benedicta,
o mater, o Virgo, o Deus,
o firmamentum, o gloria.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.


On the occasion of Mary’s birth

For our Lady

On the occasion of Mary’s birth, sing a hymn
to us from the songs of the angels.
Glory to God in the highest.
Let all the world rejoice,
the Virgin Mary’s day of birth revealed.
Glory to God in the highest.

Join in, happy choirs,
and with varying modes
welcome Mary's birth.

Praise, bless, worship Mary.
Mary is born that she be the beginning of salvation.
Mary is born that she help the world fromperdition.
Mary is born that she be the pardon for sinners.
Mary is born that she be the means for reconciliation.
Praise, bless, worship Mary.

As Mary is born, the dawn of the Church arises:
she will give birth with joyfulness to the Sun of Justice.

O woman blessed above all Women,
O Mother, O virgin, O God,
O heaven, O glory.
Glory to God in the highest.

Translated by:

David Larrick with revisions by Richard Kolb

Translations by Owen Daly and Dr. David Larrick have been specially commissioned by Please credit this site and the translators if you choose to use these texts.

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  • Sacri Musicali Affetti (Currently Out of Print)

    Maria Cristina Kiehr, soprano, Concerto Soave

    Harmonia Mundi (1995) [Audio CD]

    • Nascente Maria, Op 5 (S, bc) [5:45]
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    Opera Quinta, 1655

    Aurata Fonte, Miho Kamiya, Anna Simboli, Andrea Arrivabene, Perikli Pite, Valeria Montanari, Giuseppe Monari

    Tactus (2021) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Disc #2 / Track #5 - Nascente Maria (soprano, bc) [8:09]
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