[stah-baht mah-ter, stey-bat mey-ter]
- (italics) a Latin hymn, composed in the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the Cross.
- a musical setting for this.
Origin of Stabat Mater
literally, the mother was standing, the first words of the hymn
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- RC Church a Latin hymn, probably of the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the crucifixion and used in the Mass and various other services
- a musical setting of this hymn
from the opening words, literally: the mother was standing
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Word Origin and History for stabat mater
1867, from Latin Stabat Mater (dolorosa) "Stood the Mother (full of sorrow)," opening words of a sequence composed 13c. by Jacobus de Benedictus.
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