Scripture Verse

Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus. Luke 1:31


Words: Un­known au­thor, 9th Cen­tu­ry (Ave, Mar­is Stel­la). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Thomas I. Ball (1838–1916).

Music: Ave Mar­is Stel­la 18th Cen­tu­ry melody (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ball (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Star of ocean fairest,
Mother, God who barest,
Virgin thou immortal,
Heaven’s blissful portal.

Ave thou receivest,
Gabriel’s word believest;
Change to peace and gladness
Eva’s name of sadness.

Loose the bonds of terror,
Lighten blinded error;
All our ills repressing,
Pray for every blessing.

Mother’s care displaying,
Offer Him thy praying,
Who when born our brother,
Chose thee for His mother.

Virgin, all excelling,
Gentle past our telling;
Pardoned sinners render
Gentle, chaste and tender.

In pure paths direct us;
On our way protect us;
Till, on Jesus gazing,
We shall join thy praising.

Father, Son eternal,
Holy Ghost supernal,
With one praise we bless Thee,
Three in One confess Thee.