Thursday, December 8, 2011


The Schola sings Dom Pothier's Tota Pulchra Es, in honor of the Immaculate Conception.

The beginning verses of this hymn say :

Tota pulchra es, O Maria, tota pulchra es
et macula non est in te.
Quam speciosa, quam suavis
in deliciis Conceptio illibata.

Veni, veni de Libano; veni, veni de Libano;
veni, veni coronaberis.

Thou art all fair, O Mary, thou art all fair
and no stain is in thee.
How lovely, how sweet
in its delights, thy Conception unstained.

Come, come from Mount Lebanon; come, come from Mount Lebanon;
come, come you will be crowned.

These words come from the Song of Songs, which tells of a man calling out to his beloved.  This is symbolic of the beauty God finds in Mary's holiness, which began at her Immaculate Conception.

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