The Incarnation in musical form

by Kevin Birnbaum

In light of yesterday’s feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the ongoing Christmas season, now seems a perfect time for Chanticleer’s rendition of Franz Biebl’s glorious Ave Maria. The piece, composed in 1964, is a setting of a portion of the Angelus prayer, a great celebration of the Incarnation. Here is a translation of the text:

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
Be it done unto me according to your Word.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

And the Word was made flesh,
And dwelt among us.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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