M038 Fit porta Christi pervia

Standardised text incipit: 
Fit porta Christi pervia
Standardised composer: 
Attribution notes: 
"Gaspar" (I-Mfd 1, index; as part of C12a)
In cycle(s): 
Reference source: 
I-Mfd 1, ff. 133v-134r
Number of voices: 
Music incipit: 
Pre-existing melodies (Cantus prius facti): 

Incipit of the hymn Fit porta Christi pervia omni (Cantus ID 008305c) quoted in S, T and B (openings):


"Fit porta Christi pervia" (http://cantus.uwaterloo.ca/chant/493424)

Modern editions: 
AMMM 11, 40-43; CMM 106.3; MCE 5.8
, 182-183; 187
Further notes: 

Text details

Standardised text incipit: 
Fit porta Christi pervia
Liturgical/devotional association: 
Marian feasts and observances
Full text: 

Fit porta Christi pervia
Refulta plena gratia
Transitque rex et permanet
Clausa ut fuit per saecula.

Genus superni luminis
Processit aula virginis
Sponsus redemptor conditor
Suae gigas ecclesiae.

Honor matris et gaudium,
Immensa spes credentium,
Per atra mortis pocula
Resolvit nostra crimina.

Maria mater gratiae,
mater misericordiae,
Tu nos ab hoste protege
Et hora mortis suscipe.

Gloria tibi domine
Qui natus es de virgine
Cum patre, sancto spiritu
In sempiterna saecula.

English translation: 

Christ´s door is made open, fully shone with grace, and the king passes and it stays closed, like it was before, throughout the ages.

The descendant of celestial light, He proceeded through the virgin's hall; husband, savior, creator, His church's giant.

His mother's honour and joy, huge hope of the faithful; In death's dark cups He dissolves our crime.

Mary, mother of grace, mother of mercy, protect us from the enemy and pick us up on death's day.

Glory to you Lord, born from the virgin, with father and Holy Ghost for ever-eternal ages.


Correspondences in standard ref works: 

Fit ... crimina, compare with variant versions of Sedulius’ Hymn A solis ortus cardine, AH 27, No. 82, pp. 117-118
luminis] numinis

Maria ... suscipe = hymn for the Little Office of the BVM, see ad Primam et Tertiam, AH 12, No. 72, p. 48
mater] plena

Gloria ... Amen, standard doxology of several Marian hymns

Further notes: 

The presence of the stanza “Maria mater gratiae...” has been associated with Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza: see notably MACEY 1996.

Music incipit (MEI): 

Sources with this motet

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Source Motet incipit Attribution Rubric Cycle / Text
I-Mfd 1
Fit porta Christi pervia
ID: M038
Gaspar (index; as part of C12a)
Weerbeke, Gaspar van
- C12a Ave mundi domina
T038 Fit porta Christi pervia