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Stabat Mater

At the Cross, her station keeping,
Stood the mournful mother weeping,
Where he hung the dying Lord;
For her soul, of joy bereaved,
Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,
Felt the sharp and piercing sword.

O how sad and sore distressed
Now was she, that mother blessed
Of the sole begotten One,
Deep the woe of her affliction,
When she saw the crucifixion
Of her ever glorious Son.

Who, on Christ's dear mother gazing,
Pierced by anguish so amazing,
Born of woman would not weep?
Who, on Christ's dear mother thinking,
Such a cup of sorrow drinking,
Would not share her sorrows deep?

For his people's sins chastised,
She beheld her Son despised,
Scourged and crowned with thorns entwined;
Saw him then from judgment taken,
And in death by all forsaken,
Till his spirit he resigned.

Jesus, may her deep devotion
Stir in me the same emotion,
Fount of love, Redeemer kind,
That my heart, fresh ardor gaining
And a purer love attaining,
May with thee acceptance find.

The "Stabat Mater" (The History of the Hymn)

The "Stabat Mater" was written in the middle ages. It was well known in Europe by the end of the 14th century and was included in several local Missals in the 15th century.

It was inserted into the Roman Missal and Breviary in 1727 (Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on the Friday before Good Friday). Following changes by Pius XII, it now appears on the Feast of Our Lady's Sorrows celebrated on 15 September.

Most likely that the "Stabat Mater" was written by Pope Innocent III (1161 - 1216). Pope Innocent III was one of the greatest popes of the Middle Ages. Although best known for securing the independence of the Church against mediaeval rulers, he was a deeply pious man and a great preacher and writer.

"Stabat Mater"  The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)