Hymns for the Feast the Visitation (31 May)

A selection of  hymns and songs for the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is observed on 31 May.

Most of the  hymns are all 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.

A selection of copyright hymns many be included, if they are particularly relevant or the feast day.

About the Visitation

This feast day remember's Mary's visit to Elizabeth, while both were pregnant.   It is significant because Elizabeth recognises Mary as the mother of God, and mediates between God and humankind for the first time.


1st Zephaniah 3:14-18  - The prophet exhorts Zion / Israel / Jerusalem to rejoice and exult in God's love and care.

Psalm: Isaiah 12 -  Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel / God indeed is my saviour / Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name / Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56  Mary visits Elizabeth, who recognises the child that Mary is carrying " “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb". Mary in reply prays the Magnificat.

Free-use hymns

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord

My Soul is Filled with Joy (Holy is is Name)

My Soul Proclaims the Lord my God ("Amazing Grace" tune)

Now in Holy Celebration - Housman
(copyright-free in the USA, likely not in other countries until 70 years after 1959)

Portal of the World's Salvation - Housman
(copyright-free in the USA, likely not in other countries until 70 years after 1959)

Whither Thus in Holy Rapture

Hymns that may still be copyright

For Mary Mother of our Lord - Peacey

Great is the Lord My Soul Proclaims - Inwood

Hail Mary / Gentle Woman - Landry

Hear Our Prayer O Gentle Mother - Wright

Lourdes Magnificat

My Soul is Joyful - Andersen

My Soul is Praising the Lord Yes - Kearney

Proclaim the Greatness of God - Chepponis

Tell Out my Soul - Dudley-Smith

The Visit - Winter

Where are you Bound Mary - Glynn

When to Mary the Word - Blaze Clark

Zephaniah's Song - Andersen

Other suggestions are welcome: leave a message in the box below labelled "Comments".

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