SATB Choir and Organ. The anthem starts with the Latin antiphon Beata es Maria, then moves into a fabulous 7/8 dance that is just right for a resurrection celebration! The antiphon also makes this a great and joyful anthem for Advent.
Gabriel's message does away
Satan's curse and Satan's sway,
out of darkness brings our Day:
all the gates of heaven unfold.
He that comes despised shall reign;
he that cannot die, be slain;
death by death its death shall gain:
Weakness shall the strong confound;
by the hands, in grave clothes wound,
Adam's chains shall be unbound.
By the sword that was his own,
by that sword, and that alone,
shall Goliath be o'erthrown:
Art by art shall be assailed;
to the cross shall Life be nailed;
from the grave shall hope be hailed:
Beata es Maria quae credidisti: perficientur in te quae dicta sunt tibi a Domino. Alleluia.
[O Mary, blessed art thou that didst believe for there shall be a performance of those things which were told thee from the Lord. Alleluia.]