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The fourteenth-century Irish carol Angelus ad virginem is performed here in a cheerful arrangement by Sir David Willcocks (b1919). The bright organ introduction is answered by the choir who sing the Latin hymn and tell the story of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, found in the first Chapter of the Gospel according to Luke. In the third verse the second choir provides the accompaniment whilst the first choir sings the melody before all join together for the final verse.
Angelus ad virginem Subintrans in conclave, Virginis formidinem Demulcens, inquit, ‘Ave! Ave, regina virginum; Caeli terraeque Dominum Concipies Et paries, Intacta, Salutem hominum; Tu porta caeli facta, Medela criminum.’
‘Quomodo conciperem Quae virum non cognovi? Qualiter infringerem Quod firma menti 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 caelesti nuntio, Tanti secreti conscio, Consentiens, Et cupiens Videre Factum quod audio; Parata sum parere Dei consilio.’
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 exilium.
after Luke 1
The angel came to the virgin in her chamber, dispelling the fears of the virgin, and said: ‘Hail! Hail, queen of virgins; the Lord of earth and heaven you will conceive and bear, chaste, the salvation of men; you have been made the gates of heaven, the cleanser of crimes.’
‘How shall I conceive when I have known no man? And how shall I break what I have vowed with a firm mind?’ ‘The Holy Spirit by grace will accomplish all these things; do not be afraid, but rejoice, safe because your chastity shall remain untouched within you by the power of God.’
To this the noble virgin replied and said to him: ‘I am the humble handmaiden of almighty God. With you, the heavenly messenger, I agree, and with so great a mystery, and wish to see accomplished what I hear; I am ready to obey the will of God.’
Accordingly, mother of the Lord, you who brought back peace to the angels and to man, when you bore Christ; beseech your son that he might show mercy upon us, and blot out our sins: and that he might help us to enjoy a blessed life after this time of exile.