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Angelus ad Virginem

Christmas Carol

Angelus ad Virginem is a medieval Christmas song that remains popular today. The text of the song is essentially a poetic enhancement of the Hail Mary. It has been found in several different English hymn books from the 14th century and is believed to have been of Irish Franciscan origin.

Angelus ad Virginem it is here sung by the New York's Ensemble for Early Music.

Listen to Angelus ad Viginem

Latin Lyrics:

Angelus ad Virginem,
Subintrans in conclave.
Virginis formidinem,
Demulcens inquit: “Ave,
Ave Regina Virginum,
Coeliteraeque Dominum,
Concipies et paries intacta,
Salutem hominum.
Tu porta Coeli facta,
Medella criminum.”

“Quomodo conciperem,
Quae virum non cognovi?
Qualiter infringerem,
Quae firma mente vovi?”
“Spiritus Sancti gratia,
Perficiet haec omnia.
Ne timeas, sed gaudeas, secura,
Quod castimonia,
Manebit in te pura,
Dei potentia.”

Ad haec Virgo nobilis,
Respondens inquit ei:
“Ancilla sum humilis,
Omnipotentis Dei.
Tibi coelesti nuntio,
Tanta secreti conscio,
Consentiens et cupiens videre,
Factum quod audio.
Parata sum parere,
Dei consilio.”

Angelus disparuit,
Etstatim puellaris,
Uterus intumuit,
Vi partus salutaris.
Qui, circumdatus utero,
Novem mensium numero.
Hinc exiit et iniit conflictum,
Affigens humero,
Crucem, qua dedit ictum,
Hosti mortifero.

Eia, Mater Domini,
Quae pacem reddidisti,
Angelis et homini,
Cum Christum genuisti.
Tuum exora Filium,
Ut se nobis propitium,
Exhibeat, et deleat peccata,
Praestans auxilium,
Vita frui beata,
Post hoc exsilium.


The angel appeared to the Virgin,
While entering into her chamber.
He calmed her fear,
When he said to her: “Hail,
Hail, Queen of Virgins.
The Lord of Heaven and Earth,
You will conceive and give birth unharmed,
Bringing the salvation of mankind.
You will be the Door of Heaven,
The remedy for all crimes.”

“How can I conceive,
Since I do not know man?
How can I break,
What I have firmely vowed?”
“The grace of the Holy Spirit
Will accomplish all this.
Do not fear but rejoice securely,
Because chastity,
Will remain undefiled in you,
Through the power of God.”

To this the noble Virgin,
Responding said to him:
“I am the humble slave,
Of Almighty God.
By your heavenly announcement,
I became aware of so many secrets,
I give my consent and want to see,
Accomplished what I heard.
I am ready to obey,
God’s will.”

The angel disappeared,
And at once the Maiden,
Conceived in her womb,
The fruit of salvation.
In her womb He lied enclosed,
For nine months.
From it He came forth entering the battle,
He fastened His shoulders,
On the cross, which gave the blow,
Fatal to the enemy.

Rejoice, Mother of the Lord,
Who has restored peace,
To angels and men,
When you bore Christ.
Exhort your Son,
That He be propitious to us,
Let Him wash away our sins,
Giving us help,
To enjoy the blissful life,
After this exile.

Sheet music to Angelus ad Virginem
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King David playing the harp

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