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During a riot at Rome, a mob came to the house where St. Bridget lived; a leader talked of burning Bridget alive. She prayed to Our Lord to know if she should flee to safety. Jesus advised her to stay: ”It doesn’t matter if they plot Thy death. My power will break the malice of Thy enemies: ”if Mine crucified Me, it is because I permitted it.” Our Blessed Mother added: ”Sing as a group the Ave Maris Stella and I’ll guard you every danger.”

Ave Maris Stella
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper virgo,
Felix coeli porta.

Sumens illud ave,
Gabriellis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Evae nomen.

Solve vincla reis
Profer lumen caecis
Mala nostra pelle
Bona cuncta posce

Monstra te esse Matrem
Sumat per te preces
Qui pro nobis natus
Tulit esse tuus

Virgo singulas
Inter omnes mitis
Nos culpis solutos
Mites fac et castos

Vitam presta puram
Iter para tutum,
Ut, videntes Jesum
Semper collaetemur
Sit laus Deo Patris,
Summo Cristo decus
Spiritui sancto:
Tribus honor unus.
Amen.

Hail thou star of ocean
Portal of the sky
Ever virgin Mother
Of the Lord Most High

Oh! by Gabriel’s Ave
Uttered long ago,
Eva’s name reversing,
Established peace below

Break the captives’ fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore

Show thyself a Mother,
Offer Him our sights,
Who for us incarnate
Did not thee despise

Virgin of all virgins
To thy shelter take us,
Gentlest of the gentle
Chaste and gentle make us

Still, as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with thee and Jesus
We rejoice forever
through the highest heaven,
To the almight Three
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be.

Amen.

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