Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
Start your day in a beautiful way: Subscribe to Aleteia's daily newsletter here.
Sign me up!

More from Aleteia

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe

Aleteia

Hymn of the week: “Nova Nova Ave Fit Ex Eva”

Share

A hymn for the second Sunday of Advent.

Gabriel of high degree,
He came down from the Trinity
From Nazareth to Galilee

This is a Latin Advent tune from the 15th century and an early English hymn. The lyrics follow the story of Gabriel’s visit to Mary at the Annunciation, which will culminate in the Nativity. We don’t usually use recordings of high school choirs, but these kids really hit it out of the park.

Fun Fact

The Virgin Mary is sometimes called the “new Eve” and the name Eve in Latin is Eva. Medieval authors noted that the first word Gabriel says to Mary is “Ave,” which is Eva spelled backwards. Although this is a coincidence, many medieval composers use the word “Ave” when referring to Mary to illustrate that she “undid,” or reversed, what Eve had done. In this they were commenting that the obedience of Mary cured the disobedience of Eve.

Tags:
Hymn
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]