Le Chant des Templiers (the song of the Templars) is a solemn intonation of the Salve Regina prayer. This hymn, so beloved by many saints, found strong devotees in the ranks
of the Crusaders. The Knights Templar, true warrior-monks, were ready to fight for the Kingdom of Heaven with both prayer and sword. It is not a simple coincidence that
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who was the inspirer of the foundation of the Knights Templar, was also the supposed author of the Salve Regina.
Le Chant des Templiers is sometimes known as the Solemn Salve or Sublime Ancienne (Sublime and Ancient). It is purported to have originated from a text discovered in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher attributed to the 12th century when the Templar Knights had direct influence over that Basilica.
It is here sung by the Ensemble Organum directed by Marcel Peres.
Listen to the Le Chant des Templiers
Salve Regina misericordiae,
Vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus gementes
Et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos,
Misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
Nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Maria.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, exiled children of Eve;
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Mary.