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Sacred Music Studies
Year 1 - August

Month at-a-glance:
Hymn: Immaculate Mary

Gregorian chant: Continue work in the Coloring book

Extra Listening for Enjoyment: Ave Maris Stella by Edvard Grieg (length 2:41)

Learn More about Sacred Music: View an online collection of ancient Gregorian manuscripts. Take a close look at some of the illuminated initials - and everything hand drawn on animal parchment!
Read on, and do as little, or as much as you'd like! The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is August 22, and this hymn is perfect for the feast.

This is the last newsletter for Year 1 - watch your inboxes during August for the list of hymns and resources for Year 2! So exciting!
Hymn: Immaculate Mary

Text: attributed to Abbe Gaignet
Tune: IMMACULATA (Traditional French melody)

A Few Facts:
  • This hymn is also known as the Lourdes Hymn because it was first sung at the Grotto in Lourdes.
  • This hymn is appropriate to sing on any Marian feast and procession, or even after the Rosary!
Print Music with text "Our hearts are on fire"
Print Music with text "Thy praises we sing"
Listen on YouTube (Organ)
Listen on Spotify (Choir)


1. Immaculate, Mary! 
Our hearts are on fire. 
That title so wondrous 
Fills all our desire.

Refrain Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! 
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

2. We pray for God's glory, 
May His Kingdom come. 
We pray for His Vicar, 
Our Father in Rome. Refrain

3. We pray for our Mother, 
The Church upon earth. 
And bless, sweetest Lady, 
The land of our birth. Refrain

4. There is no need, Mary,
Nor ever hath been,
Which thou canst not succor,
Immaculate Queen. Refrain

5. O bless us, dear Lady,
With blessings from heaven,
And to our petitions
Let answer be given. Refrain

6. And crown thy sweet mercy
With this special grace,
|To behold| soon in heaven
God's ravishing Face. Refrain
7. |Now to| God be all glory 
And worship fore'er,
|And to| God's Virgin Mother,
An endless "Ave." Refrain


1. Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing,
Who reignest in splendor with Jesus our King. Refrain (same as above)

2. In Heaven the blessed thy glory proclaim,
On earth we thy children invoke thy fair name. Refrain

3. Thy name is our power, thy virtues our light,
Thy love is our comfort, thy pleading our might. Refrain


More Sacred Music to Listen to and Enjoy:

Ave Maris Stella by Edvard Grieg (length 2:41) This piece is so lovely! I wish choirs would sing little masterpieces like this more often. (Hopefully the more you and your children listen to these pieces it inspires you to help in some way to improve the music at your parish - if it needs help, that is!)

Chant Propers for the Extraordinary Form (CCWatershed) - if you have 15 minutes to spare one weekend, try listening to the ancient chants for the Sunday propers.

Chant Kyriale (CCWatershed) - did you know there are 18 different Gregorian Mass settings?

For further learning about sacred music:
- Read the fifteenth and sixteenth Q&A: "What are the sung Propers?" and "What about “Music in Catholic Worship” (1972, rev. 1983) and “Liturgical Music Today” (1982), two documents often cited in discussions of sacred music?"

- View an online collection of ancient Gregorian manuscripts. Take a close look at some of the illuminated initials - and everything hand drawn on animal parchment!
Optional Enrichment and Learning for Homeschoolers
Language Arts and History Ideas
Religious Ideas:
Search the Catechism for related topics; read and discuss.

- Watch one of the movies about Our Lady of Lourdes (Song of Bernadette, or Bernadette Soubirous)

- Read a short history of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

- Add drawn symbols, images, and embellishments to the sheet music for the family hymnal
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