Notker Balbulus

The Hymnbook

For Mary, Mother of God
1st January

[N.08] "Gaude Maria virgo"



Rejoice thou, o Mary, virgin Mother of God, who didst believe in pious hope the promises of Gabriel!

Thou, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, whilst unbroken, bearest a Son, Who ruleth the fabric of the world.

Angels sing for thy delivery at the watchtower of the flock, because there lieth, in a manger of the city of Bethlehem, their Ruler.

A heavenly messenger taught thee the name Jesus, which, undefiled, thou shouldst bestow on thy Son at His circumcision, Who alone can lawfully circumcise our crime, together with Father and Holy Spirit.

To thy hands the magi bear gifts, three in number, which figure our life and the rule of faith.

To thee first did Christ teach the sorrowful glory of His kingdom: On thee did He bestow the first sign of His Godhead, when He made wine.

Therefore we pray that thou shouldst intercede in our defence before our Clement Parent, Who here on earth chose thee to be His parent, Whom the King of Heaven begat as King.

And we beg thee, now radiant in the presence of God, we beg thee with contrite heart, we beg and beseech thee, to watch over us, as once thou didst the resident of thy womb.


Richard L. Hewitt
Notker's Hymnbook in Three Languages

Kamuzu Academy, Malawi
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