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Stabat Mater

Pronunciation: /ˌstɑːbat ˈmɑːtə/
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪbæt ˈmeɪtə/


A medieval Latin hymn on the suffering of the Virgin Mary at the Crucifixion.
Example sentences
  • The concept of ‘God’ in Christianity is male, yet in the Stabat Mater and one other great religious text, the Magnificat, we find a unique feminine perspective.
  • ‘Stabat Mater’ is particularly associated with the Stations of the Cross.


From the opening words Stabat mater dolorosa 'Stood the mother, full of grief'.

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