Immaculate Mary

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Immaculate Mary or Immaculate Mother is a Roman Catholic Marian prayer. It is also known as the Lourdes Hymn, sung in honour of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.[1]

It was written by Abbe Gaignet to a traditional French tune and is used principally at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Words[edit]

Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing,
Thou reignst now in Heaven with Jesus our King.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
In Heaven the Blessed thy glory proclaim,
On earth we thy children invoke thy fair name.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
We pray for our mother, the Church upon earth
And bless, dearest Lady, the land of our birth.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

There are a number of alternative renderings of the hymn, in use in different parts of the world. A popular version which appeared in hymnals between 1900 and 1975 has, as its first line, "Immaculate Mary, our hearts are on fire." It extends to around 12 verses in order to facilitate its use in processions.[2]

Perpetual Help Novena version[edit]

The version sung at novena services honouring Our Lady of Perpetual Help has a different set of lyrics:

English[edit]

Immaculate Mother, to you do we plead.
To ask God, our Father, for help in our need.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
We pray for our Country, the land of our birth;
We pray for all nations, that peace be on Earth!
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

Tagalog[edit]

Inang Sakdal Linis, kami ay ihingi.
Sa Diyos Ama namin, awang minimithi.
"Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!"
Bayang tinubua'y ipinagdarasal;
Ang kapayapaan nitong sanlibutan.
"Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Maiden and Mother: Prayers, Hymns, Devotions, and Songs to the Beloved Virgin Mary Throughout the Year by Margaret M. Miles 2001 ISBN 0860123057 page 60
  2. ^ "Immaculate Mary our hearts are on fire" Hymnary.Org 1 Nov. 2015

References[edit]

  • Immaculate Prayers [1]
  • Catholic Doors [2]
  • Catholic Culture [3]