During the Advent season through February 2, the feast of the Presentation of our Lord, we sing the Alma Redemptoris Mater.
ever the open gate into heaven,
and star of the sea,
come help our fallen race,
struggling as we are to rise again.
You who were the Mother,
to all nature’s wonder,
of the very Lord who gave you life.
Ever Virgin, after as before
hearing Gabriel’s message,
bringing us salvation,
O take pity on us sinners.