Hymns for the Assumption (15 August)

A selection of  hymns and songs suitable for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), so 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.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright but particular suitable are also included.

About this feast

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the belief that the Mother of God, was taken, body and soul, when her life on earth was over, into heaven. The hymn suggestions for this day focus on this aspect of Mary's life, and the prescribed readings for the day.


First: Apocalypse 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 - A sign appeared in heaven, a woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, with 12 stars for a crown, pregnant and in labour ... a second sign, a dragon ready to eat the child ... .

Psalm 44 - On your right hand stands the Queen in garments of gold / The daughters of kings are among your loved ones / So will the king desire your beauty.

Second: I Paul 15:20-26  -  Death and the resurrection have come through one man - eventually he will do away with every power, sovereignty and authority and hand the Kingdom to God the Father.

Gospel:  Luke 1:39-56 -  Mary's visit to Elizabeth:   my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord


Mary's state - being the Mother of God -  taken up to heaven at the appointed time.

Free-use hymns

Ave Maria O Maiden O Mother

Ave Regina Caelorum

Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary

Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above

Hail Queen Enthroned

Hail O Star that Pointest

Hail Queen of Heaven the Ocean Star

Her Virgin Eyes saw God Incarnate Born

Holy Mary, We Implore Thee

Holy Queen we Bend Before Thee

I'll Sing a Hymn to Mary

Mary Queen of Peace

Mary's Song (A setting of the Magnificat to the tune used for Amazing Grace)

My Soul is Filled with Joy

O Glorious Lady Throned in Rest

O Mother Dear Mother we Flock to Thy Throne

O Most Holy One

Sounds of Joy Have Put to Flight

Virgin-born, we Bow to Thee

Who Is She Ascends So High

Hymns that may still be copyright

Beautiful Lady - Fitzgerald

Blessed Virgin Mother - Petti / Wood

For Mary, Mother of the Lord - Peacey

Hymn in Honour of Our Lady's Assumption (Mary now you reign on high) - Ramsey Williams SSC

In Splendour Arrayed - anonymous

Mary Crowned with Living Light - Stanbrook Abbey

O Christ, the World's Salvation - Dennis DiPaolo

Planted Like Seeds Our Bodies Wait the Sound - Pluth

Salve Mater - a New Hymn to Mary - Devitt

Sing We of the Blessed Mother - Timms

Star of Sea and Ocean - Wright

Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord - Dudley-Smith

The Ark Which God Has Sanctified - Stanbrook Abbey

Thou Art Star of the Morning

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1 comment:

  1. Sing "Ave!"
    Text: Alan Hommerding, @WLP 2002 (Meaningful text that speaks of Mary's role in leading humanity toward her Son.)


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