Dulcissima Maria by Francisco Guerrero, performed by the Danish vocal ensemble Musica Ficta.
Sweet Mary, I languish for love of you,
for you are good-natured and kind.
All the rich among the people shall entreat your countenance.
You are beautiful, Mary, and there is no fault in you.
Hear us, most holy one, and intercede for us
to our Lord Jesus, your Son.
The Marian antiphon Salve Regina sung by the Schola Grégorienne of the university of Strasburg.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
The antiphon Adorna Thalamum Tuum is sung in the Catholic church during the Candlemas procession. It was composed by St John of Damascus.
Adorn thy bridal chamber, O Sion, and receive Christ the King: embrace Mary, who is the gate of heaven, who herself truly brings the glorious King of new light.
She remains a virgin, though bearing in her hands a Son begotten before the daystar, whom Simeon, taking him in his arms, proclaimed to the people to be the Lord of life and death, and Saviour of the world.
The Catholic hymn Virgo Dei Genitrix, sung in the Gregorian tone:
O Virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole world does not contain, enclosed Himself in thy womb, being made man.
True faith in thy begotten Son has cast out the sins of the world, and for thee virginity remains inviolate.
Thou art the Mother of divine love, Thou the aiding power the world cries out to: come in aid, O blessed one, of thy servants.
Great glory be to the Father, equal glory to the Son, great glory to God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
It is Truly Meet is a theotokion (hymn to Mary) which is chanted in the Divine Services of the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches.
It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos,
ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honourable than the cherubim,
and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim.
Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify thee.
The joyful Marian hymn Ave Plena Gratiae, sung by the monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.
Hail, full of grace, Mother of mercy, holy Mary.
Through you the fountain of all grace flows for the Church, holy Mary.
Graced by the angels’ praises, accept the praise of us sinners, holy Mary.
The hope of the forsaken, the deceased, the joy of saints, holy Mary.
Gaudens gaudebo in Domino
This is the introit of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, sung at the beginning of today’s Mass.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God: for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, and with the robe of justice He hath covered me, as a bride adorned with her jewels.
I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me.
The Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater is sung in the Catholic Church from the first Sunday of Advent, which is today, until Candlemas.
Loving Mother of our Savior, hear thou thy people’s cry. Star of the deep and Portal of the sky! Mother of Him who thee made from nothing made. Sinking we strive and call to thee for aid: Oh, by what joy which Gabriel brought to thee, Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.