Immaculate Mary (Immaculate Mother)

The author of this hymn is unknown.  It is understood to closely associated with the Marian apparations to Bernadette at Lourdes, and is sometimes known as the Lourdes Hymn.    Wikipedia currently credits it to "Abbe Gaignet", and a  version of it is in the Parochial Hymn Book published in Boston in 1897,   There are various verses in common use, including a New Zealand adaptation, Immaculate Mother, in which the first verse refers to "our isles of the sea".   It is also very similar to The Bells of the Angelus.

It is set to the traditional tune from the Pyrenean area of France, now known simply as the LOURDES HYMN, the composer is unknown.

Take care when using this hymn with groups from different places:  there are several ways to fit the chorus to the tune (see the examples from Amazon below for three options), and some timing variations in the chorus.   None of these are "more correct", but people can be attached to the one they are familiar with.

Files for Download:

PowerPoint slides
Immaculate Mother
(NZ version)

PowerPoint slides
Immaculate Mary
(European version)
free sheet music
Lead sheet
(melody + guitar chords)


A French-language version, which  gives a good sense of the tune
Lyrics: Immaculate Mary we praise God in you
His power and His mercy,
His grace given to you,
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Maria.

Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing,
You reign now in heaven, with Jesus our king
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Maria.

Your child is the Saviour,
All hope lies in Him
He gives us new life
And redeems us from sin.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Maria.

Through you to your Son,
lead us, Mary we pray.
Through Christ to the Father
Is our only way.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Maria.

In heaven, the blessed,
Your glory proclaim.
On earth, we your children,
Invoke your fair name.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria,
Ave, Ave, Maria.

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