Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Salve Regina - the author of this great hymn
September 25 is the historical feast date of Blessed Herman the Cripple (born Feb 18, 1013) in the old calendar. He was born a cripple, afflicted with both cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Even though Herman struggled to learn to read and write, he was so highly intellectual that at the age of seven, his parents consigned him to the learned Abbot Berno, on the island of Reichenau. Herman became a monk in 1043 and his brilliance enabled him to master the subjects of theology, mathematics, astronomy, music, and the Latin, Greek, and Arabic tongues. He was as virtuous as he was brilliant, attracting students from far and wide. Blessed Herman wrote the history of the important events dating from the life of Christ to his day, a chronicle which still exists today. Widely attributed to Blessed Herman is the authorship of both the Salve Regina and the Alma Redemtoris Mater hymns.
Source: Catholic Encyclpedia
To listen to the Salve Regina, click here. (Thanks Tom, for finding this for me!)
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus:
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.