Alma Redemptoris Mater (Ecclesiastical Latin:
[ˈalma redɛmpˈtoris ˈmatɛr]; English: Loving Mother of our Saviour) is a
Marian hymn, written in Latin
hexameter, and one of four seasonal liturgical
Marian antiphons sung at the end of the
Compline (the other three being
Ave Regina cælorum, the
Regina cœli and the
Hermannus Contractus (also called Herman the Cripple; 1013–1054) is said to have authored the hymn based on the writings of Saints
Irenaeus of Lyon.
 It is mentioned in
The Prioress's Tale, one of
Canterbury Tales. Formerly it was recited at compline only from the first Sunday in
Advent until the
Feast of the Purification (2 February). It was translated into English by
John Henry Newman in "Tracts for the Times", No. 75 (Kindly Mother of the Redeemer).