Beata viscera

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This text is used at all times in the Roman rite except during Advent as the Communion motet of the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin. A longer version of the same also forms the 7th Respond at Matins on Christmas Day. The text below in bold is common to both Communion and Respond; that in normal font belongs only to the Respond, while the Alleluia is used for the Communion during Paschal Time.

Musical settings at CPDL

Texts and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Beata viscera Mariae Virginis,
quae portaverunt aeterni Patris Filium; [Alleluia.]
et beata ubera, quæ lactaverunt Christum Dominum:
qui hodie pro salute mundi de Virgine nasci dignatus est.

English.png English translation Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary,
that bore the son of the everlasting Father: [Alleluia]
and blessed are the breasts which gave suck to Christ the Lord:
Who as on this day did vouchsafe to be born of the Virgin for the salvation of the world.