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  • Writer's pictureFr. Scott Haynes

Tota pulchra es, Maria, Ola Gjeilo

Fr. Scott A. Haynes


Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he currently lives and works as a composer and pianist.


Tota pulchra es is a prayer, written in the fourth century. It is one of the five antiphons for the psalms of Second Vespers for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The title means "You are all beautiful, O Mary" (referring to the Virgin Mary). The text comes from the book of Judith and from Song of Songs, specifically 4:7


Tota pulchra es, Maria. Et macula originalis non est in Te. Tu gloria Ierusalem. Tu laetitia Israel. Tu honorificentia populi nostri. Tu advocata peccatorum. O Maria, O Maria. Virgo prudentissima. Mater clementissima. Ora pro nobis. Intercede pro nobis. Ad Dominum Iesum Christum.

Translation You are all beautiful, Mary, and the original stain of sin is not in you. You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you give honour to our people. You are an advocate of sinners. O Mary, Virgin most intelligent, Mother most merciful. Pray for us, Plead for us, To the Lord Jesus Christ.

Album: "Sacred North"

Musicians: Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, conducted by Mogens Dahl.

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