Stabat Mater

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence. If you look carefully, there are words coming from Christ: “This day you will be with me in Paradise.”

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

This is a Stabat Mater set by John Browne (1425-1505), sung by The Tallis Scholars.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
mater Unigeniti!

Quae mœrebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati pœnas inclyti.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?

O how sad and sore distressed
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,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?