Stabat Mater

Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin, Crucifixion, 1873

...standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag'dalene.

—John 19:25



Stabat Mater dolorosa
Iuxta crucem lacrimosa
Dum pendebat Filius

Cuius animam gementem
Contristatam et dolentem
Pertransivit gladius

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater unigeniti!

Quae moerebat et dolebat,
Pia Mater, dum videbat
Nati poenas incliti

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si videret
In tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristari,
Christi Matrem contemplari
Dolentem cum Filio?

Pro peccatis suae gentis
Vidit Iesum in tormentis,
Et flagellis subditum.

Vidit suum dulcem natum
Moriendo desolatum
Dum emisit spiritum

Eia Mater, fons amoris
Me sentire vim doloris
Fac, ut tecum lugeam

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
In amando Christum Deum
Ut sibi complaceam

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo valide.

Tui nati vulnerati,
Tam dignati pro me pati,
Poenas mecum divide.

Fac me tecum, pie, flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
Donec ego vixero.

Iuxta crucem tecum stare,
Et me tibi sociare
In planctu desidero

Virgo virginum praeclara,
Mihi iam non sis amara
Fac me tecum plangere

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
Passionis fac consortem,
Et plagas recolere.

Fac me plagis vulnerari,
Fac me cruce inebriari,
Et cruore Filii

Flammis ne urar succensus
Per Te, Virgo, sim defensus
In die iudicii

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
Da per Matrem me venire
Ad palmam victoriae

Quando corpus morietur,
Fac, ut animae donetur
Paradisi gloria. Amen

Literal English


The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her Son was hanging
Through her weeping soul, compassionate and grieving, a sword passed.
O how sad and afflicted was that blessed Mother of the Only-begotten!
Who mourned and grieved and trembled looking at the torment of her glorious Child
Who is the person who would not weep seeing the Mother of Christ in such agony?
Who would not be able to feel compassion on beholding Christ's Mother suffering with her Son?
For the sins of his people she saw Jesus in torment and subjected to the scourge.
She saw her sweet offspring dying, forsaken, while He gave up his spirit
O Mother, fountain of love, make me feel the power of sorrow, that I may grieve with you
Grant that my heart may burn in the love of Christ my Lord, that I may greatly please Him
Holy Mother, grant that the wounds of the Crucified drive deep into my heart.
That of your wounded Son, who so deigned to suffer for me, I may share the pain
Let me sincerely weep with you, bemoan the Crucified, for as long as I live
To stand beside the cross with you, and gladly share the weeping, this I desire
Chosen Virgin of virgins, be not bitter with me, let me weep with thee
Grant that I may bear the death of Christ, the fate of his Passion, and commemorate His wounds
Let me be wounded with his wounds, inebriated by the cross because of love for the Son
Inflame and set on fire, may I be defended by you, Virgin, on the day of judgement
Let me be guarded by the cross, armed by Christ's death and His grace cherish me
When my body dies, grant that to my soul is given the glory of paradise. Amen