So I got inspired this week to write some hymns to our Lady.
This first one here is dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham. Haven’t really found one dedicated to her under this title, and seeing as that is the great English apparition…
WE SING THY PRAISE, O LADY PURE
We sing thy praise, O Lady pure,
Who didst bless Walsingham;
Thou didst appear to Richeldis
And blessed the English land!
To her thy home at Nazareth
Thou didst reveal the plan,
Commanding that a shrine be built
God’s Kingdom to expand.
O Full of Grace, O Virgin pure,
Who didst say “Yes” to God,
And didst conceive and bear His Son
To shed His love abroad,
Thy holy manners grant us, then,
Blest Mother, to adopt,
That in our spirits Jesus Christ
Might e’er make His abode.
We pray, O Lady of Walsingham
For us do intercede;
For all our needs and for the Church
Before thy Son do plead!
Pray that all Christians live as one,
And all divisions cease,
That all may see and glorify
Christ Jesus, Prince of Peace!
Words: Noah Townsend. Copyright 2012.
This hymn below is based on the traditional Byzantine hymn to our Lady from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The original text is as follows (as translated by the Greek Orthodox Church in America):
It is truly right to bless you, Theotokos, ever blessed, most pure, and mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. We magnify you, the true Theotokos.
WORTHY AND RIGHT IT IS TO BLESS THEE
Worthy and right it is to bless thee
Most Holy Theotokos pure!
Than cherubim and seraphim thou
More glorious art beyond compare!
Without corruption thou conceivedst
And gavest birth to God the Word!
Mother of God, true Virgin Mother,
Thee do we magnify e’ermore!
Words: Noah Townsend, Copyright 2012. From the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, versified.
Tune: “Rendez à Dieu”