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When Creation was Begun, (Holy Mary Full of Grace)

This folk-style Marian hymn was originally written in French, titled "Vierge Sainte, Dieu T'a Choisie" by G Roussel. Some sources attribute the English translation to Michael Hodgetts, but this has not been confirmed.

The fourth verse suggests that this is a children's hymn, but the other verses can be used in all age-group settings.

With meter with  refrain, tunes it has been set to include:

  • An unnamed tune composed by French organist and choir director Abbe Paul Decha - this is widely known in Ireland
  • SUMMER, a tune recorded (and composed?) by Filippino priest Fr. J. Roel Lungay, 1998



Cantor with congregation, organ backing - recorded live in a church service:

Solo singer with keyboard backing:

School choir with guitar - recorded live in assembly:

Professional recording to the tune SUMMER:


When creation was begun
God had chosen you to be
Mother of his blessed son
Holy Mary full of grace
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

When creation was restored
You were there beside the Lord
Whom you cherished and adored
Holy Mary full of grace
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

Lead us to your child above
He will teach us how to love
How to pity and forgive
Holy Mary full of grace
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

Praise the Father and the Son
And the Spirit three-in-one
As it was when time began
Now and evermore.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

All of us are children too,
Often doubtful what to do,
Needing to confide in you.
Holy Mary full of grace
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria.

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  1. Song is originally called: "Vierge Sainte, Dieu T'a Choisie"

    composed by: Paul Decha
    Lyrics by: G. Roussel


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