Salve Mater- a New Hymn

Picture of the Mother of Perpetual Help:   Salve Mater, The Mother of our Lord: Virgin Mary, the Mother of our God.  Eyes so tender that turn to all our cares,  Heart so ready to run to all our prayers. O Maria!
Mary, blessed one, To us you always run: We are to you As Christ, your only Son: Perpetual Help, You’re with us in our tears:  We place our hands In yours with all our fears.  O Maria!
Sister of all flesh, So human with us all, Disciples too, We’re gathered by our call; Perpetual Help You are to us indeed: We’ll watch with you For all who are in need. O Maria! 
Help Perpetual, An Icon of our race, With you we stand, All filled with God’s own grace:  Our Sister Earth, We’ll cherish, will not harm, And hold the world Of peoples in our arms: O Maria!
This hymn to the Mother of Perpetual Help was written by Fr. Seamus Devitt, a Redemptorist priest from the Esker monastery in Ireland, for the 150th anniversary of the icon being placed in the care of to the Redemptorist order in 2016.

It is set to the melody of one of the oldest hymns to Mary, the ‘Salve Mater’.

It is not clear if it has been published, or if sheet music is available.

Examples

Small group unaccompanied:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here.   But they are currently available on page 30 of this booklet.

The hymn starts with a five-line chorus, and this is repeated after each of the three verses. A rough outline is:
Chorus:
Salve Mater, The Mother of our Lord:
Virgin Mary, the Mother of our God.
Eyes so tender that turn to all our cares,
Heart so ready to run to all our prayers.
O Maria!

1 Mary, blessed one, to us you always run ...

2 Sister of all flesh, so human with us all ...

3 Help Perpetual, an Icon of our race ...

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