Hymns from the Baltimore Catechism

The Mary Page has often been asked for familiar hymns, here are some of the most highly loved hymns from the Baltimore Catechism.  These hymns are appropriate for parish devotions outside the eucharistic liturgy.

  • Mother Dear, Oh, Pray for Me
  • I'll Sing a Hymn to Mary
  • Ora Pro Me

    Mother Dear, Oh, Pray for Me

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    1. Mother dear, oh, pray for me,
            Whilst far from heav'n and thee
            I wander in a fragile bark,
            O'er life's tempestuous sea;
            O Virgin Mother, from thy throne,
            So bright in bliss above,
            Protect thy child and cheer my path,
            With thy sweet smile of love.

    CHORUS- Mother dear, remember me,
            And never cease thy care,
            Till in heaven eternally
            Thy love and bliss I share.

    2. Mother dear , oh, pray for me,
            Should pleasure's siren lay
            E'er tempt thy child to wander far
            From virtue's path away;
            When thorns beset life's devious way,
            And darkling waters flow,
            Then, Mary, aid thy weeping child,
            Thyself a mother show.

    I'll Sing a Hymn to Mary
    (REV. FR. WYSE)

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

    When troubles dark afflict me
    In sorrow and in care,
    Thy light doth ever guide me
    O beauteous Morning Star.
    Lo, I'll be ever ready
    Thy goodly help to claim,
    When wicked men blaspheme thee
    I'll love and bless thy name.

    Ora Pro Me

    1. Ave Maria ! bright and pure,
        Hear , O hear me when I pray,
        Pains and pleasures try the pilgrim
        On his long and dreary way.
        Fears and perils are around me,
        Ave Maria! bright and pure,
        Ora pro me, ora pro me.

    2. Ave Maria! Queen of Heaven,
        Teach, O teach me to obey,
        Lead me on, tho' fierce temptations
        Stand and meet me in the way.
        When I fail and faint, my Mother,
        Ave Maria! bright and pure,
        Ora pro me, ora pro me.


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