Straightforward rhythms, dissonances, and close harmonies depict the clear and radiant divine essence of this a cappella meditation on the angel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary. A poetic translation is included, allowing the work to be performed in Latin or English.

Ave rosa sine spinis, stella maris,
Tu illustrates
Luce clara deitatis, praefulges cunctis datis.

Vas divinae bonitatis
Et totius pietatis.
Verbo in te carne facto, o dulce vas amoris.

Rose without thorns, without blemish, star of the ocean.
Brightly you shine forth clear and radiant, divine essence,
Shining on all things.
Vessel of divine grace, goodness and mercy,

And all compassion and all kindness.
Vessel of the sweetest love, the word made flesh within you.