Hymns for the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church (Monday after Pentecost)

This is a selection of hymns for the compulsory memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, which is observed on the Monday after Pentecost.

The hymn suggestions below are either directly about Mary under this title, or based on the assigned readings for the day.

About Mary Mother of the Church

The title was "Mother of the Church" (in Latin "Mater Ecclesiae") is not new: It was first used by Saint Ambrose in the 4th century, an dit was also used by Pope Benedict XIV in 1748 and Pope Leo XIII in 1885.

Later, it was solemnly proclaimed by Pope Paul VI at the closing of the third session of Vatican II in November 1964.

Pope John Paul II said that the title shows the Mary's motherhood of Christ's faithful, which derives from her motherhood of Christ.

The observance was introduced to the liturgical calendar by Pope Francis in 2018. See here for more information about the announcement.


First: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 - enmity between Eve and the snake
 or Acts 1,12-14; 

Psalm 87:1-2, 3+5, 6-7 AKA the Song of Zion:

Gospel: John 19:25-34  Mary is entrusted to the care of John, the Beloved Disciple.

Free-use hymns

At the Cross her Station Keeping

Mary Immaculate Star of the Morning

O Mother Blest, Whom God Bestows

The Lourdes Hymn (Immaculate Mary / Mother)

Hymns which may still be copyright

As I Kneel Before You - Parkinson

Blessed Virgin Mary - unknown (video)

Hymn for the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church (Free from all stain of evil) - Pluth

Mary Blessed Grieving Mother - Forster

Mary our Mother - Hegarty (for children)

Sing we of the Blessed Mother - Timms

See also

  • All hymns about Mary
  • Two hymn texts apparently for this feast are given on this website - but there are no suggested tunes, and the verses do not appear to have the same meter.   They may be more useful as spoken prayers.

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