Mm01231d celtic pilgrimmage copy 2
Mm01231d celtic pilgrimmage copy 2
  1. Mathair

From the album Celtic Pilgrimage

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We reach for our mothers, each different, each the same.
We speak of ordinary events, passing our history
to the next traveller, who prepares for a different path.
Our story is a simple one.

10 Mathair (mother)
Aine Minogue: Vocals & Harp
Leslie Ritter: Harmony Vocals
Scott Petito: Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Carey: Cymbals


Ave Virgo Virginum

Ave virgo virginum verbi carnis cella

in salutem hominum stillans lac et mella
peperisti dominum moysi fiscella

a radio sol exit et luminum
fontem parit stella.

Ave, plena gratia caput zabulonis
contrivisti spolia reparans predonis
celi rorans pluvia vellus gedeonis
o filio tu nos reconcilia mater salomonis.

Virgo tu mosaice rubus visionis

de te fluxit silice fons redemptionis

quos redemit calice christus passionis

o gaudio induit glorifice resurrectionis.

Hail, virgin of virgins, chamber of the incarnate word.
For mankind's salvation you gave birth to the Lord,
distilling milk and honey,
O Moses' basket.

From one ray the sun shines,
and a star
brings forth the fount of light.
Hail, full of grace: you crushed
the devil's head,
and you restored the stolen spoils, distilling heaven's rain,
you fleece of Gideon.
O, reconcile us to your Son,
 mother of Solomon.
Virgin, you bush of Moses' vision,
 from you,
the rock, flows the fount of redemption.
Christ clothes those redeemed
by the chalice of his passion
with the joy
of his glorious resurrection.