Ave Maria (Wytze Oostenbrug)
- Editor: Wytze Oostenbrug (submitted 2021-06-09). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 83 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: This is the a cappella edition. An edition with piano accompaniment is also available.
- Editor: Wytze Oostenbrug (submitted 2021-06-10). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 129 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: This is the edition with piano accompaniment.
First published: 2008
Description: The Ave Maria, also called salutatio angelica in Latin, is both an antiphon and one of the most widespread Marian prayers of the Western Catholic Church. The liturgical use of the first part of the Ave Maria dates from the 4th century. A 4th century papyrus found in Egypt in 1917 by the English scholar James Rendel Harris (1852-1941) contains the text of the invocation Sub tuum praesidium, the primitive core of the Ave Maria. This document is called Papyrus Rylands 470 and is kept in the John Rylands University Library in Manchester. The text is the primitive adaptation of the prayer to the Virgin, which will spread from Egypt through the two successive formulas: the eastern (Byzantine-Ambrosian) and the western (Alexandro-Roman).
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Ave Maria.