The Mary Page has often been asked for familiar hymns for a May devotion to Mary or a May Crowning.  These hymns are appropriate for parish devotions outside the eucharistic liturgy.

Please note that sheet music is provided for some hymns. We use materials that are commonly understood as public domain. We apologize that we are unable to provide better quality music images.

'Tis the Month of Our Mother

'Tis the month of our Mother
The blessed and beautiful days,
When our lips and our spirits,
are glowing with love and with praise.

Refrain:
All Hail! to thee, dear Mary,
the guardian of our way;
To the fairest of Queens,
Be the fairest of seasons, sweet May.

Oh! what peace to her children,
mid sorrows and trials to know,
that the love of their Mother,
Hath ever a solace for woe.

And, what joy to the erring,
The sinful and sorrowful soul; That a trust in her guidance,
will lead to a glorious goal.

Let us sing then, rejoicing,
that God hath so honored our race,
as to clothe with our nature,
Sweet Mary, the Mother of Grace.


On This Day, O Beautiful Mother

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Refrain:
On this day, O Beautiful Mother!
On this day we give thee our love;
Near thee, Madonna, fondly we hover,
trusting thy gentle care to prove.

On this day we ask to share, dearest Mother,
thy sweet care;
Aid us e'er, our feet astray, wandering from
thy guiding way.

Queen of Angels, deign to hear, thy dear
children's humble pray'r;
Young hearts gain, O Virgin pure, sweetly
to thyself allure.


Bring Flowers of the Rarest
(Lyrics as sung by Fr. Sydney MacEwan, provided by Dan Engler)

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Refrain:
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

Refrain

Their lady they name thee,
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue

Refrain

Sing gaily in chorus;
the bright angels o'er us
re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,
for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth

Refrain


Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above

Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria.
Hail, Queen of mercy and of love, O Maria.
Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

The cause of joy to men below, O Maria.
The spring through which all graces flow, O Maria.
Angels, all your praises bring, Earth and heaven, with us sing,
All creation echoing:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!


Immaculate Mary

Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing;
You reign now in splendor with Jesus our King.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

In heaven, the blessed your glory proclaim;
On earth we, your children, invoke your sweet name.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

We pray for the Church, our true Mother on earth,
And beg you to watch o'er the land of our birth.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!


Hail Virgin, Dearest Mary, Queen of May
(S. M. Yenn, 1919, The St. Gregory Hymnal, 1947)

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Hail Virgin, dearest Mary!
Our lovely Queen of May!
O spotless, blessed Lady,
Our lovely Queen of May.
Your children, humbly bending,
Surround your shrine so dear;
With heart and voice ascending,
Sweet Mary, hear our pray'r.

Behold earth's blossoms springing
In beauteous form and hue.
All nature gladly bringing
Her sweetest charms to you.
We'll gather fresh, bright flowers,
To bind our fair Queen's brow;
From pure and verdant bowers,
We haste to crown you now

Hail Virgin, dearest Mary!
Our lovely Queen of May!
O spotless, blessed Lady,
Our lovely Queen of May.
And now, our blessed Mother,
Smile on our festal day;
Accept our wreath of flowers,
And be our Queen of May


This Is the Image of the Queen -- Month of Mary Crowning Hymn
(From a Slovak Hymnal, Translated by Rev. E. Caswell, Adapted and arranged by N. A. M., 1920 by N. A. M.)

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This is the image of the Queen
Who reigns in bliss above;
Of her who is the hope of all,
Whom we and angels love!
Most holy Mary!

This homage offered at the feet
Of Mary's image here
To Mary's self at once ascends
Above the starry sphere.
Most holy Mary!

How fair soever be the form
Which here your eyes behold,
Its beauty is by Mary's self
Excell'd a thousandfold.
Most holy Mary!

Sweet are the flow'rets we have culled
This image to adorn;
But sweeter far is Mary's self,
That rose without a thorn!
Most holy Mary!


O Living Fountain
(Flemish, 15 C., arrangement by Karl Marx, 1947, translated from the German by M Jane Hoehne)

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O living fountain, purest Virgin,
Flower of graces, crowned with virtues.
We sing your praise eternally.

You bore the Savior, Virgin Mother,
Holy land and frutiful garden.
We sing your praise eternally.

With joy we offer warm thanksgiving
Mary, you source of endless blessing.
We praise the name of Jesus Christ.

You lead us to the world's Redeemer.
Take our total self-surrender
and grant us vict'ry through your Child.

We want to love God's fav'rite flower,
Gentle reflection of his power,
You bring salvation to us all


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