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Sacred Music Studies
Year 1 - March

Month at-a-glance:
Hymn: Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Gregorian chant: Continue work in the Coloring book

Extra Listening for Enjoyment: Palestrina's Stabat Mater / my Spotify Lenten playlist

Learn More about Sacred Music: 6 Liturgical No-No's During Lent
Read on, and do as little, or as much as you'd like! I wish you a holy Lenten season!
Hymn: Stabat Mater Dolorosa
A Few Facts:
  • The Latin text is attributed to the monk Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306). It is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. (source)
  • There are over 300 musical compositions based on the Stabat Mater! We are learning the traditional melody from a 1661 hymnal, Mainz Gesangbuch.
View & Print the Music (print p. 269)
To print: click the button above, which will open a web page of the entire hymnal. Right-click, select Print, and when the print dialog box opens, change the print page from "All" to page 269 only. 
Listen on Spotify (Organ & Choir- 3 verses in English)
Listen on Spotify (Organ)
Listen on SoundCloud (Piano)
From the St. Pius X Hymnal. Found online at


Stabat Mater dolorosa
Juxta Crucem lacrimosa, 
Dum pendebat Filius.

Cujus animam gementem, 
Contristatam et dolentem, 
Pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta 
Fuit illa benedicta 
Mater Unigeniti!

Quem maerebat, et dolebat, 
Pia Mater, dum videbat 
Nati paenas inclyti.

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 Jesum 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, 
Paenas rnecum divide.

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

Juxta Crucem tecum stare, 
Et me tibi sociare 
In planctu desidero.

Virgo virginum praeclara,
Mihi jam non sis amara: 
Fac me tecum plangere.

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem
Passionis fac consortum, 
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 judicii.

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

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


At the cross her station keeping, 
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing, 
All His bitter anguish bearing, 
Now at length the sword had pass'd.

Oh, how sad and sore distress'd 
Was that Mother highly blest 
Of the sole-begotten One!

Christ above in torment hangs; 
She beneath beholds the pangs 
Of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep, 
Whelm'd in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain 
From partaking in her pain, 
In that Mother's pain untold?

Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd, 
She beheld her tender child
All with bloody scourges rent.

For the sins of His own nation, 
Saw Him hang in desolation, 
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love! 
Touch my spirit from above; 
Make my heart with thine accord.

Make me feel as thou hast felt; 
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ our Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through; 
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

Let me share with thee His pain, 
Who for all my sins was slain, 
Who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee, 
Mourning Him who mourn'd for me, 
All the days that I may live.

By the cross with thee to stay, 
There with thee to weep and pray, 
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins best, 
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine.

Let me, to my latest breath, 
In my body bear the death
Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound, 
Steep my soul till it hath swoon'd 
In His very blood away.

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, 
Lest in flames I burn and die, 
In His awful Judgment day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence, 
Be Thy Mother my defence, 
Be Thy cross my victory.

While my body here decays, 
May my soul Thy goodness praise, 
Safe in Paradise with Thee.

More Sacred Music to Listen to and Enjoy:

Palestrina's Stabat Mater Dolorosa is exquisite. In this video you can follow along with the music!

My Lent Playlist on Spotify - put this on in the mornings or evenings to help keep your focus on Jesus' sufferings. 

Chant Propers for the Extraordinary Form (CCWatershed) - if you have 15 minutes to spare one weekend, try listening to the ancient chants for the Sunday propers.

Chant Kyriale (CCWatershed) - did you know there are 18 different Gregorian Mass settings?

For further learning about sacred music:
- Read the seventh Q&A: Didn’t Vatican II do away with chant?

- Read the "6 Liturgical No-No's During Lent." 
Optional Enrichment and Learning for Homeschoolers
Language Arts and History Ideas
Religious Ideas:
Search the Catechism for related topics; read and discuss.

- Pray the Stations, which of course include the Stabat Mater

- Read the Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2: 25-35)

- Little children will appreciate the Stories of the Redemption in Chant. During Lent, sing "The Passion" and "The Crucifixion". 

- Add drawn symbols, images, and embellishments to the sheet music for the family hymnal
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