Acadian National Anthem

Ave Maris Stella

This Latin song was chosen as the Acadian national anthem in 1884 by the Acadian delegates of the second national convention held at Miscouche, Prince Edward Island after it was proposed by Pascal Poirier and adopted by the assembly.

In 1994, the Société Nationale de l’Acadie launched a contest inviting the public to create a French version of the Ave Maris Stella. Jacinte Laforest, a journalist with La Voix acadienne (a weekly newspaper from Prince Edward Island) won the contest. Her version was first sung at the closing concert of the first Acadian National Congress by singer songwriter Lina Boudreau.

Ave Maris Stella – French adaptation.
* The first and last verses remain in the original Latin form

Ave Maris Stella,
Dei Mater Alma,
Atque Semper Virgo
Felix Coeli Porta (bis)

Acadie ma patrie
À ton nom, je me lie,
Ma vie, ma foi sont à toi
Tu me protégeras. (bis)

Acadie ma patrie (mon pays)
Ma terre et mon défi
De près, de loin tu me tiens
Mon coeur est acadien (bis)

Acadie, ma patrie
Ton histoire, je la vis
La fierté, je te la dois
En l’avenir, je crois (bis)

Ave Marie Stella,
Dei Mater Alma,
Atque Semper Virgo
Felix Coeli Porta (bis)

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