The “Stella Caeli Extirpavit” Chant in Time of Pestilence (English & Latin)

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The History of the Stella Caeli

It is said that the Stella Caeli chant was composed by the Sisters of the Monastery of Santa Clara in Coimbra, Portugal, during the “Black Death” (1347-1351).

I have noticed that in some earlier versions, the text is a little different.

The most popular version says “O Glorious Star of the Sea”, while some say, “O most pious” Star of the Sea, as in the YouTube chant below.

We went with the “glorious” version which appears to be the oldest version.

If you’re really interested in a scholarly treatise on the Stella Caeli, read this paper.

Pray, or even better, sing the Stella Caeli for help with this coronavirus.


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Stella Caeli in English

The Star of Heaven that nourished the Lord
drove away the plague of death which the first
parents of man brought into the world.

May this bright Star now vouchsafe to extinguish
that foul constellation whose battles have
slain the people with the wound of death.

O Glorious Star of the Sea, preserve us from
pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honours
Thee by denying Thee nothing.

Save us, O Jesus,
for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.

O most pious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honors Thee by denying Thee nothing.  Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.


Stella Caeli in Latin

Stella caeli exstirpavit
Quae lactavit Dominum
Mortis pestem quam plantavit
Primus parens hominum.

Ipsa Stella nunc dignetur
Sidera compescere,
Quorum bella plebem caedunt
Dirae mortis ulcere.

O gloriosa Stella Maris
A peste succurre nobis;
Audi nos, nam te Filius
Nihil negans honorat.

Salva nos Jesu pro quibus
Virgo mater te orat!


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Gregorian Notation

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Stella Caeli Chant in Latin


Another Setting of the Stella Caeli

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