A beautiful hymn (sung prayer) to Our Lady - share your favourite hymns!


#1

Saturdays (its Sat. here in Sth. Aust) is a day I dedicate to Our Lady and this morning searching for a hymn to her preparing for Morning Prayer, the words of an old favourite hymn popped into mind from childhood - but I could only recall the first verse and half the second.
I have now done a web search and came up with all the verses in the hymn and hymns of course are sung prayers…

St. Augustine said “Who sings, prays twice” :thumbsup:

I’ll Sing a Hymn to Mary

**I’ll sing a hymn to Mary, **
**The Mother of my God, **
**The Virgin of all virgins, **
**Of David’s royal blood. **
**O teach me, holy Mary, **
**A loving song to frame, **
**When wicked men blaspheme thee, **
**To love and bless thy name. **

**O Lily of the Valley, **
**O Mystic Rose, what tree, **
**Or flower, e’en the fairest, **
**Is half so fair as thee? **
**O let me, tho’ so lowly **
**Recite my Mother’s fame. **
**When wicked men blaspheme thee, **
**I’ll love and bless thy name. **

**O noble Tower of David, **
**Of gold and ivory. **
**The Ark of God’s own promise, **
**The gate of Heav’n to me. **
**To live and not to love thee **
Would fill my soul with shame;
**When wicked men blaspheme thee, **
I’ll love and bless thy name.

The saints are high in glory,
With golden crowns so bright;
But brighter far is Mary,
Upon her throne of light.
Oh that which God did give thee,
Let mortal ne’er disclaim;
**When wicked men blaspheme thee, **
I’ll love and bless thy name.

But in the crown of Mary,
There lies a wonderous gem,
As Queen of all the angels,
Which Mary shares with them;
No sin hath e’er defiled thee,
So doth our faith proclaim;
**When wicked men blaspheme thee, **
I’ll love and bless thy name.


#2

My alltime favorite Marian hymn is Ave Maris Stella, especially in Latin. The best musical adaptation of Ave Maris Stella in my oppinion is the one by Edvard Grieg, even though several lines from the original Latin text were left out.


#3

Here’s two; the first reminds me of my father who did not attend church services but enjoyed his Sunday morning hymns on the radio:

THE CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD

There’s a church in the valley by the wildwood,
No lovelier spot in the dale;
No place is so dear to my childhood,
As the little brown church in the vale.

Chorus
(oh, come, come, come, come)
Come to the church in the wildwood,
Oh come to the church in the vale,
No spot is so dear to my childhood,
As the little brown church in the vale.
How sweet on a clear Sabbath morning,
To list’n to the clear ringing bells;
It’s tones are so sweetly calling,
Oh come to the church in the vale.
Chorus
(oh, come, come, come, come)
Come to the church in the wildwood,
Oh come to the church in the vale,
No spot is so dear to my childhood,
As the little brown church in the vale.
There, close by the church in the valley,
Lies one that I loved so well;
She sleeps, sweetly sleeps, 'neath the willow,
Disturb not her rest in the vale.
Chorus
(oh, come, come, come, come)
Come to the church in the wildwood,
Oh come to the church in the vale,
No spot is so dear to my childhood,
As the little brown church in the vale.
There, close by the side of that loved one,
'Neath the tree where the wild flowers bloom,
When farewell hymns shall be chanted,
I shall rest by her side in the tomb.
Chorus
(oh, come, come, come, come)
Come to the church in the wildwood,
Oh come to the church in the vale,
No spot is so dear to my childhood,
As the little brown church in the vale.

And this one, about another church in the woods, is one my sixth grade class sang at one of our school presentations.

THE GREEN CATHEDRAL

I know a green cathedral,
A shadowed, forest shrine;
Where leaves in love join hands above
And arch their prayers and mine.

Within its cool depths sacred
The priestly cedar sighs
And the fir and pine lift arms divine
Unto the pure blue sky.

In my dear green cathedral
There is a flowered seat,
The choir loft in branched croft
Where songs of birds hymns sweet.

And I like to dream at evening
When the stars its arches light
That my Lord and God treads its hallowed sod
In the cool calm peace of night;
That my Lord and God treads its hallowed sod
In the cool calm peace of night.


#4

Beautiful lyrics…thank you for sharing them!:thumbsup:


#5

I don’t know any Marian hymns, sorry. But I like to think of the Rosary as a hymn.


#6

Here’s my favorite:
youtube.com/watch?v=d5p_U8J0iRQ

Salve, Regina,
mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules 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 Virgo Maria.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley 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 Virgin Mary.

This is so calming and beautiful. I love listening to it.


#7

[LEFT]This is a hymn of the Byzantine Churches - Catholic & Orthodox - it is a most awesome hymn. My sound does not work on this computer anymore so I can’t hear this link I found on ‘you tube’, but the comments seem to be good
youtube.com/watch?v=L4E3ToVNOD4

Here it is in Valaam Chant - Slavonic
youtube.com/watch?v=ZC6cYKQ4-tQ

[/LEFT]
** Agni Parthene -**
O Virgin Pure
by St. Nectarios Plagal
First Tone (Tone 5)

Refrain: O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos
O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy
More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens
Delight of virgin choruses/ superior to Angels.
Much brighten than the firmament/ and pure than the sun’s light
More holy than the multitude/ of all the heav’nly armies.

*O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

O Ever Virgin Mary/ of all the world, the Lady
O bride all pure, immaculate/ O Lady Panagia
O Mary bride and queen of all/ our cause of jubilation
Majestic maiden, Queen of all/ O our most holy Mother
More hon’rable than Cherubim/ beyond compare more glorious
than immaterial Seraphim/ and greater than angelic thrones.

*O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

Rejoice, O son of Cherubim/ Rejoice, O hymn of angels
Rejoice, O ode of Seraphim/ the joy of the archangels Rejoice, O peace and happiness/ the harbor of salvation
O sacred chamber of the Word/ flower of incorruption
Rejoice, delightful paradise/ of blessed life eternal
Rejoice, O wood and tree of life/ the fount of immortality

*O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.

I supplicate you, Lady/ now do I call upon you
And I beseech you, Queen of all/ I beg of you your favor
Majestic maiden, spotless one/ O Lady Panagia
I call upon you fervently/ O sacred, hallowed temple
Assist me and deliver me/ protect me from the enemy And make me an inheritor/ of blessed life eternal.

*O Rejoice, Bride Unwedded.
*(Source and translation from: Holy Nativity Convent, Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)


#8

Beautiful hymns shared - thank you!:thumbsup:

I wonder if anyone knows another hymn from my childhood to Our Lady of Mt Carmel. I could not find it on a websearch. It runs:

Pure as Carmel snow and lovely
As its first fair morning shine
Crowned with stars of endless splendour
Hail the mother made divine.
Hail The Lady of the Mountain
rearing up its stately height
Emblematic of thy Graces
Glowing in Immortal Light

Mother of Mt. Carmel hear
Shades are falling, night is near
Mother of Mt. Carmel hear
Shades are falling night is near

I can remember melodies vividly often, but often not complete lyrics.

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#9

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