stabat matres

Stabat Mater

[stah-baht mah-ter, stey-bat mey-ter]
noun
1.
(italics) a Latin hymn, composed in the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the Cross.
2.
a musical setting for this.

Origin:
literally, the mother was standing, the first words of the hymn

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Stabat Mater (ˈstɑːbæt ˈmɑːtə)
 
n
1.  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
2.  a musical setting of this hymn
 
[from the opening words, literally: the mother was standing]

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Stabat Mater
1867, from L. Stabat Mater (dolorosa) "Stood the Mother (full of sorrow)," opening words of a sequence composed 13c. by Jacobus de Benedictus.
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