Rorate Caeli

Auxiliatrix mea et Protectrix mea es

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Ave Regina Caelorum (8 v.)

Domina Laudabilissima, atque Optima,
Misericordia Fons,
Bonitatis Abyssus,
Aqua Viva,
Peccantium Patrona,
Fluctuantium Portus,
Vitis Vera,
Vas continens manna,
Cadentium Correctio,
Cunctorum Refugium,
Totiusque mundi Vita,
Beneficentissima mea,
Honorabilis magis quam Cherubim,
Apostolorum Exultatio,
Martyrum Praedicatio,
Sanctorum Gaudium,
Altare aureum,
Arca vera,
Rubus incombustus:
Salve, Mater Christi,
quem decet gloria et honor,
adoratio et hymnus,
nunc, et semper, et ubique.
Amen, in saecula saeculorum.
[Composite of different prayers
to the Most Holy Mother of God
by Saint Ephrem the Syrian]


  1. Beautiful! Byrd's is the most beautiful.

    Why is it that the most exquisite art--whether in painting, sculpture, music, and even film--comes from the Catholic mind??

  2. M. A.3:04 PM

    ...maybe because genuinely Catholic minds are the ones that perceive that true beauty reflects something of the attributes of God?

    That is what real artists desire to internalize, and then to make perceptible to the senses.

  3. Victoria and his contemporaries transport the soul to the very gates of Heaven.

  4. A.M. Gerasah4:45 PM

    Magnificent prayer and music. Domina Laudabilissima, atque Optima....

    serva me, defende me ut rem ac possessionem tuam.



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