Top Ten Mary Songs

Nick Alexander here... The votes have been tallied and counted, and according to the community of Top Catholic Songs, this is the list for the Top Songs of Mary. Each of these songs express a particular devotion to Mary, or are songs based out of her words from Scripture. The key to Marian songs, of course, is to honor her as one would honor one's own mother, but not to the level of worship (reserved for God only). It was her "Yes," after all, that opened the door for Jesus to come into the world, that, in turn, opened the door for salvation for all humanity.

  1. Queen of Heaven by Mark Mallett

    You, you are the Queen of Heaven And we honor you ‘Cause you, you said “I will”, to the Father For all of us and you You take our prayers And you wrap them in your mantle of love Ya, you lead us to The only Son of God our Lord above O blessed are you among women O and blessed is the fruit of your womb
  2. Mary's Song by Sean Clive
    We need to imitate Mary in her acceptance of God’s love and complete surrender of herself to the Maker of all things. Do we praise God enough for the good things He has done for us? I don’t. Not nearly enough for so many gifts. (Luke 1:26-56)
  3. Hail Mary, Gentle Woman by Gretchen Harris
    This popular song by Carey Landry has such beautiful, gentle lyrics ... I love how our Blessed Mother is called "Peaceful Dove!" My ministry is Marian, with the desire to encourage Marian devotion and in turn inspire more frequent prayer of the Rosary, all in hopes of consoling our Blessed Mother.
  4. Medjugorje by Paul Harrigan
    Our Blessed Mother Mary got a hold of my sick heart and brought me to her Son Jesus, our Divine Physician. And He has healed me! Please visit my YouTube page to view my EWTN performance of "Medjugorje."
  5. Mary (Magnificat) by Fr. Kent O'Connor It is based on the words that Mary speaks to Elizabeth at the Visitation. It is a duet with myself and a good friend, Steve Courtney. I wanted a version of the Magnificat that was a bit more upbeat than the versions that I often hear. Originally written a little more "rowdy," it was re-arranged, and now it is a song that starts gently but slowly builds to a joyful end. I also wanted to stay very close lyrically to the version that I pray every evening.
  6. Do Whatever He Tells You by Nick Cardilino

    I originally wrote this song back in 2000 in celebration of the beatification of Fr. Chaminade, who founded the Marianists. "Do Whatever He Tells You" became Fr. Chaminade's motto and the way he tried to live. Mary's spirit of obedience to God's will was how he sought to live out his life. So, my hope in writing this song is to encourage all of us to turn to Mary as a model of true discipleship.
  7. Song to Our Lady of Guadalupe by Annie Karto
    From the popular melody "Lord You Have Come to the Seashore" are beautiful lyrics honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of America. Trumpets and acoustic guitar add a Mexican flair.
  8. Ode to Mary by Mark Mallett

    When I was born many years ago You were there to greet my cry Fruit of my mother’s womb You became the Mother of my life I was baptized, beneath your eyes With the Father, Spirit and your Son Full of grace... I turned my face O your work had just begun Hail Mary, Hail Mary, Mary mother to me Hail Mary, Hail Mary, you are the Queen of my life
  9. Ave Maria by Trish Foti Genco
    Classic rendition of the Bach/Gounod. A favorite of mine to sing.
  10. Queen of Apostles by Nancy Krebs
    This song won the EWTN Marian Song Contest in 2004, and went on to represent the U.S. in the XX World Festival of Marian Songs in Guatemala. I went there to sing it, and the song came in 5th among 24 nations. It was a great honor and a thrill to be there and to see how people from all over the region loved this festival in honor of the Blessed Mother.

Feel free to check out these excellent songs, and to deepen your devotion to Our Lady for this year.

Comments

Magnificat: As the Rain Rushes Down

Please see this story which I posted today after doing some Internet searching. I found the words and the chords, but I don't know the melody: 

http://www.topcatholicsongs.com/magnificat-as-the-rain-rushes-down

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Queen of Heaven, Blessed May Thou Be

Here are some leads: 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Virgo-Rosa-Virginum/dp/B00B4ZQEXW
www.davidyardley.com.au/attachments/Virgo_rosa_virginum.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNtcEOJSDok

Also see this: http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/queen_of_heave...

Virgo, Rosa Virginum, Tum Precor Filium (Queen of Heaven, Blessed May Thou Be)

Words: English Traditional, Before 1536
Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 23.

1. Queen of heaven, blessed may thou be,
For Godës Son born He was of thee,
For to make us free.
    Gloria Tibi, Domine!

2. Jesu, God's Son, born He was
In a crib with hay and grass,
And died for us on the Cross.
    Gloria Tibi, Domine!

3. To our Lady make we our moan,
That she may pray to her dear Son,
That we may to His bliss come.
    Gloria Tibi, Domine!

Translation from Rickert: Gloria Tibi, Domine is translated as "Glory to thee, O Lord."

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Dear Guardian of Mary

http://www.hymnary.org/text/dear_guardian_husband_of_mary_dear_nurse

At the above link, note that there are scanned versions of the hymn that appeared in various hymnals throughout the years.  

http://www.catholicfirst.com/thefaith/prayers/marianhymns.html#DearGuardian

Dear Guardian of Mary

Verse 1

Dear Guardian of Mary! dear nurse of her Child!
Life's ways are full weary, the desert is wild.
Bleak sands are all round us, no home can we see.
Sweet Spouse of our Lady, we lean safe on thee.

Verse 2

For thou to the pilgrim art father and guide,
And Jesus and Mary felt safe at thy side.
O Glorious Patron, secure shall I be,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady, if thou stay with me!

Verse 3

God chose thee for Jesus and Mary, wilt thou
Forgive a poor exile fro choosing thee now?
There's no saint in heaven, St. Joseph like thee,
Sweet Spouse of our Lady, do thou plead for me.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above (Salve Regina)

Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria.
Hail, Queen of mercy and of love, O Maria.

Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina! 

Our life, our sweetness, here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!

Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

To thee we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!

Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina! 

Turn then most gracious Advocate, O Maria!
Toward us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!

Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

The cause of joy to men below, O Maria!
The spring through which all graces flow, O Maria!

Angels, all your praises bring, Earth and heaven, with us sing,
All creation echoing:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Re: "Gently, she carries her

Re: "Gently, she carries her babe in her arms..." I wish I could find that song, too. It sounds very nice. Let us know if you track it down.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Hi, Valerie. I have asked our

Hi, Valerie. I have asked our topcatholicsongs group if they have any suggestions. I hope we can come up with some suggestions!

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Good point, Nick.

Good point, Nick. There are sheet music services that offer music scores in several different key transpositions. I think Valerie wants a more contemporary setting that is in English. It needs to reflect the sorrow of Mother Mary at the foot of the cross. I believe she wants to be able to sing it at a church service. I found a beautiful song called "The Most of All" written by Katy Feeney. It can be used for Christmas or Stations of the Cross. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34fPGw0vm4 http://www.katyfeeney.com/KatyFeeney/StationsLyrics.html

The Most of All Listen now, my baby, I’ll sing you soon to slumber, For it’s not for you to wonder what will tomorrow bring, Tonight, just be my baby, tomorrow be their king, And just for now I’ll love you most of all, Just for now I’ll love you most of all. For someday soon you’ll live in palace halls, Still for now within these stable walls, I’ll hold you near my baby, for day will soon be breaking, And your kingdom will be waking to claim you as it’s own, Tonight you are my baby, tomorrow you’ll be grown, And just for now I love you most of all, just for now I love you most of all. And if there comes a time when all goes wrong, Will you then recall a mother’s song, Of long ago, my baby, when earth was filled with sorrow, And I gave it you to borrow to be it’s newborn joy. But first I ask you baby, become my little boy Before they love you soon the most of all, Let me love you soon the most of all. While not specifically written from the viewpoint of the sorrowful Mother Mary, this song resonates and is quite accessible: "In the cross of Christ, our glory" by Marty Haugen http://www.hymnary.org/tune/in_the_cross_of_christ_our_glory_haugen Found in: Gather (3rd ed.) #111 - GIA Publications, Inc. Practice version of song: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7x3qwg8d4517m4h/10-11%20In%20The%20Cross%20Of%... In the cross of Christ, our glory, Christ, our story, Christ, our song, Christ, our song. Let your mind and heart be one with Christ, who emptied himself, for us became a slave, accepting death upon the cross. He was pierced for our iniquities, and crushed for our sins. He died to make us whole, and by his suffering we are healed. Come, behold the cross of sacrifice on which Jesus died -- the Savior of us all -- to save a lost and broken world. May we never boast of anything, save the cross of Christ, by which we die to sin and rise to life in Jesus Christ. Now in Christ, we who were aliens, have been reconciled; as members of God's house, we live as God's own dwelling place. In the cross of Christ, our glory, Christ, our story, Christ, our song, Christ, our song.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Stabat Mater from Via Crucis

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Re: "I heard it sung by him"

Re: "I heard it sung by him" – I presume you are talking about Marty Haugen singing "In the Cross of Christ." You are correct. He wrote it.

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

I know someone who cares for me

I looked around but couldn't find it yet. Sounds like a nice song. I hope you can track it down. 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Link to Queen of the Universe

I  found two recordings of Queen of the Universe at YouTube.

The first rendition is with piano. I wish I could find the words for the second verse that Earthlywizard Christine sings. Very hard to understand what she is singing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5YlkgWqyjw

This second version is performed with guitar by bam gars. Her recording is better quality. I might be able to figure out verse 2 from this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JnHmdj8x_c

I am guessing it is a song popular in the Phillipines but have not found a hymnal wherein it is published. It should be pretty easy to figure out guitar chords for it.

Here's what I have so far:

Queen Of The Universe

Mary, queen of angels and the stars above
A light to shine our way from the darkness of the night
Mary, you're the one to whom we give our hearts
Teach us how to pray and to speak our part.

REFRAIN:
You're the queen of the universe 
You're the shoulder of all creatures of the world 
You're the woman of all the earth 
Oh, loving mother pray for us

 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Transcribing Queen of the Universe for guitar

Rob: Please do your thing. Not sure when I'll get at it. It would be interesting to compare and possibly merge our chording ideas. 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

My chords for Queen of the Universe

My chords for Queen of the Universe, based on rendition by "Bam Gars" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JnHmdj8x_c

VERSE
A - E - F#m - F#m - D - E - A - E
A - E - F#m - F#m - D - E - A - E

REFRAIN
D - E - A - A7 - D - E - A - A7
D - E - A - F#m - D - E - A - E (last time A)

V1
Mary, Queen of angels and the stars above
A light to shine our way from the darkness of the night
Mary, you're the one to whom we give our hearts
Teach us how to pray and to speak our part.

REFRAIN
You're the Queen of the universe
You're the shoulder of all creatures of the world
You're the woman of all the earth
Oh, loving Mother, pray for us

V2
Lady of the heavens, intercede for us
Bread of our heart, don't keep us apart
Lady of creation, shine your gracious heart
Mother of the world keep us in your love

REFRAIN
You're the Queen of the universe
You're the shoulder of all creatures of the world
You're the woman of all the earth
Oh, loving Mother, pray for us

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Sheet Music for this

 Dear friends, I am a string player [violin & viola]. I would like to find the sheet music for Mary Queen of the Universe.

Thanks for all your help.

Mary, Queen of the Universe sheet music

I wish I could help you. I did a search last year and searched again today. I can't find any instrumental sheet music. I did transcribe the chords that you see above from a couple YouTube videos. Hopefully, someone else can help you locate a score with strings. Otherwise, I could ask my colleague André to prepare an original arrangement for you. Do you have a budget for this? André can create a score using Sibelius. Thanks. 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

On This Day, O Beautiful Mother

Thank you, Evelyn! Very nice recording. 

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

Upbeat Marian song

I like "Sing of Mary" – easy to sing. I have sung this in church since the early 1960s! It was composed in 1938 by Roland Palmer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X7xdTg4wXA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r36KJfoBeFs
http://hymnary.org/text/sing_of_mary_pure_and_lowly

I also like "I Sing a Maid" but it's a little more challenging. Composed by M. D. Ridge in 1987.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaS9NwYjsLo
http://hymnary.org/text/i_sing_a_maid_of_tender_years

Richard Schletty | Schletty Design and Music | www.schletty.com

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