Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite (Hail Mary, O Authoress of Life)

Posted June 12, 2016 10:36 pm by Webmaster

Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite (Hail Mary, O Authoress of Life)

Ave Maria, O Auctrix Vite is a responsory to the Blessed Virgin Mary by the German mystic Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It begins: “Ave Maria, O auctrix vite, reedificando salutem (Hail Mary, O authoress of life, rebuilding up salvation’s health)”. Complete Latin text, English translation, musical score, and commentary can be found here (opens in new window). Approved by her contemporaries: St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Pope Eugene III, in 2012 Benedict XVI formalized her canonization and declared Hildegard the 35th Doctor of the Universal Church, citing this 12th century Benedictine abbess as “an authentic teacher of theology and

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