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Sing-Along Hymns

The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus. The date of 25 March is exactly nine months before Christmas Day. It is a Principal Feast in the Church of England.

In the Roman Catholic Church, 15 August is a Holy Day of Obligation: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven. The “the bodily taking up of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven at the end of her earthly life” was declared as dogma in the RC Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950. Most Protestants see no biblical basis to justify belief in the Assumption of Mary. In the Church of England, 15 August is a “non-specific feast” of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

The birth of Mary is not recorded in the Bible, but apocryphal sources (and tradition) say that her parents were St Joachim and St Anne. 8 September is the date of the commemoration in many Christian denominations, including the Church of England.

This date is 9 months after 8 December, the date commemorated as the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Church of England this date is in the lectionary as a “lesser festival”. In the Roman Catholic church it is known as the Immaculate Conception, but this doctrine is not accepted in Protestant churches, nor in the Orthodox church.

In England, the Feast of the Annunciation came to be known as Lady Day, and Lady Day marked the beginning of the English new year until 1752. Following the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar, the date of 25 March became 5 April - still "celebrated" as the start of the tax year!


Shall we not love thee, Mother dear

This hymn was written by Henry Williams Baker, editor of Hymns Ancient and Modern. His inclusion of a “Marian” hymn in this hymnal raised some eyebrows at the time.

The hymn is often set to Beatitudo by J B Dykes. This tune has already been used in this collection for How bright these glorious spirits shine So here is a tune written specially for these (original) words, with an additional refrain. It appeared in the Mirfield Mission Hymn Book of 1948 and was written by “T. Adams”, about whom nothing more is known.

Shall we not love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well?
And to His glory, year by year,
Thy joy and honour tell?
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

Bound with the curse of sin and shame
We helpless sinners lay,
Until in tender love He came
To bear the curse away.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

And thee He chose from whom to take
True flesh His Flesh to be;
In it to suffer for our sake,
By it to make us free.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear, Whom Jesus loves so well.

Thy Babe He lay upon thy breast,
To thee He cried for food:
Thy gentle nursing soothed to rest
Th’ Incarnate Son of God.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

O wondrous depth of Grace Divine
That He should bend so low!
And Mary, O, what joy ’twas thine
In His dear love to know.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

Joy to be Mother of the Lord,
And thine the truer bliss,
In every thought, and deed, and word,
To be for ever His.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

And as He loves thee, Mother dear,
We too will love thee well;
And to His glory, year by year,
Thy joy and honour tell.
Yes, we will love thee, Mother dear,
Whom Jesus loves so well.

Jesu, the Virgin’s Holy Son,
We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One,
And Spirit evermore.
Jesu, the Virgin’s Holy Son,
We praise Thee and adore.

Shall we not love thee, Mother dear

Ye who own the faith of Jesus

The words to Ye who own the faith of Jesus were written by Revd Vincent Stuckey Stratton Coles (1845–1929). He was Principal of Pusey House, Oxford from 1897 to 1909, and Warden of the Sisterhood of the Epiphany in Truro from 1910 to 1920. He also wrote the hymn We pray Thee, Heavenly Father. The composer of the French tune Daily, Daily is unknown. The tune gets its name from another hymn that it is used for (see below)

Ye who own the faith of Jesus
sing the wonders that were done,
when the love of God the Father
o’er our sin the victory won,
when he made the Virgin Mary
Mother of his only Son.
Hail Mary, hail Mary, hail Mary full of grace.

Blessèd were the chosen people
out of whom the Lord did come,
blessèd was the land of promise
fashioned for his earthly home;
but more blessèd far the Mother
she who bare him in her womb.
Hail Mary, hail Mary, hail Mary full of grace.

Wherefore let all faithful people
tell the honour of her name,
let the church in her foreshadowed
part in her thanksgiving claim;
what Christ’s Mother sang in gladness
let Christ’s people sing the same.
Hail Mary, hail Mary, hail Mary full of grace.

Let us weave our supplications,
she with us and we with her,
for the advancement of the faithful,
for each faithful worshipper,
for the doubting, for the sinful,
for each heedless wanderer.
Hail Mary, hail Mary, hail Mary full of grace.

Praise, O Mary, praise the Father,
praise thy Saviour and thy Son,
praise the everlasting Spirit,
who hath made thee ark and throne;
o’er all creatures high exalted,
lowly praise the Three in One.
Hail Mary, hail Mary, hail Mary full of grace.

Daily, Daily

Daily, daily sing the praises
Of the City God hath made;
In the beauteous fields of Eden
Its foundation stones are laid:
O that I might hear the angels
Singing o’er the crystal sea,
And amidst the fields of Eden
Find a home prepared for me!

For each hymn we have provided a set of verses together with an electronically generated sound-track. The sound track does not provide any words - just the tune.

The selection of hymns to be included was subject to certain limitations, notably the restrictions of copyright. This meant that many modern hymns were excluded, and the exclusion even applied to some updated versions of traditional hymns. Some publishers have made a few minor changes to make hymns more "inclusive" and have then claimed copyright over the revised text. So in most cases the ORIGINAL texts have been used, even though these may not be the versions that appear in modern hymnals.

In deciding what tunes to be used, this has largely been the Webmaster's personal choice. It is a mixture of familiar tunes and tunes that are not well-known, but deserve to be better known. The webmaster has included some personal favourites (and excluded some pet hates!). The soundtracks provided go with the words provided - if there are four verses, the tune is repeated four times. Where possible tunes have been provided with descants or alternative arrangements.

Wherever possible, there is an explanation of who wrote the words or tunes, the circumstances under which they were written, when (and sometimes why). Many hymns include references to verses appearing in the King James Version of the Bible; more modern translations were not then available! In some cases we have tried to explain these scriptural references or other instances where words have changed their meaning over time.

This selection of "Sing-along Songs of Praise" was originally a series of blog posts written during the COVID Lockdowns of 2020. It was intended to allow people to sing hymns in the safety and privacy of their own homes at a time when hymn-singing in church was not allowed (even if the church building was open!).

When hymns are sung as part of a church service, it is normally the case that the hymn books are set aside at the end of the hymn and the next part of the service continues. There is no time to sit and reflect on the meaning or the beauty of words and/or music. This collection allows you to take your time, to read, listen sing along, reflect, and to repeat a hymn again if you wish.



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Last modified: 19 September 2021