Tota pulchra es

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Tota pulchra es is an old Catholic 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 completely beautiful" (referring to the Virgin Mary). It speaks of her immaculate conception. It takes some text from the book of Judith, and other text from Song of Songs, specifically 4:7.[1]

Composers to set the prayer to music include Robert Schumann, Anton Bruckner,[2] Pablo Casals, Maurice Duruflé, Guillaume du Fay,[citation needed] Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, and James MacMillan.[3]

Text[edit]

Tota pulchra es, Maria,
et macula originalis non est in te.
Vestimentum tuum candidum quasi nix, et facies tua sicut sol.
Tota pulchra es, Maria,
et macula originalis non est in te.
Tu gloria Jerusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri.
Tota pulchra es, Maria.

You are all beautiful, Mary,
and the original stain [of sin] is not in you.
Your clothing is white as snow, and your face is like the sun.
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 all beautiful, Mary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newadvent.org/bible/son004.htm from Old Catholic Encyclopedia
  2. ^ p. 33, Watson (1997) Derek. New York Bruckner Schuster & Macmillan
  3. ^ [1]