Hymns for the month of May - and general hymns about Mary

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A selection of  hymns and songs for the month of May - which is dedicated to Mary in many northern-hemisphere countries, and often features a May-queening ceremony.

The southern hemisphere equivalent, ie the the last month of spring is November.  But November is very much the month for remembering those who have died.  Instead,  However there is some seasonal devotion to Mary in October alongside the Rosary.   But this has nothing like the scale or significance of May in the northern hemipshere.

Most of these hymns are 
free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

There are three sections below: one is hymns that are specifically about Mary in the month of May.   The second is a more general set of free-use devotional hymns about Mary, while the third list has general devotional Marian hymns which are not (or may not be) in the public domain as yet.

Free-use hymns for the month of May

General free-use Marian hymns

O Mother Blest

Popular Marian hymns which may still be copyright

Blessed One - Thompson

Mary First Among Believers - Dufner

Mary, Sing with Joyful Heart (Ave Maria) - Quinn

Mary Woman of the Promise - Fleischaker

Maiden the Angel Spoke to You - Lee

Woman of the Scared Heart - Maher (info)

Note:  This is a list of general purpose hymns of devotion to Mary:  it does not include settings of the Magnificat (which was Mary's own prayer), or hymns that are specific to particular countries or shrines or titles (eg Fatima, Lourdes, Perpetual Help, Carmel).

Other suggestions are welcome: leave a comment below.

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1 comment:

  1. As a Catholic in Australia, I've never heard of Marian devotions particular to November. In October, yes, in honour of the Holy Rosary. And of course, in May -- even down under, in the southern hemisphere.

    This is a great website by the way. Much indebted!


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