31/5: The Queenship of Our Lady

Note:  only two of the verses published below, are sung in the video, but included here for the record (so to speak!)

Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Their lady they name thee,

Their mistress proclaim thee,
Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Sing gaily in chorus;
the bright angels o’er us
re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,
for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May

Comment: 

Earlier in the Month of Mary, a few of the families who attend the traditional Mass at the SSPX chapel in Glasgow, organised a little gathering for the purpose of crowning Our Lady’s statue.  Since these families double as Catholic Truth readers, I was invited along.  It turned out to be a truly beautiful experience. 

The host family has a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in their garden, which is large enough to allow the children to play/kick a ball around etc.  The afternoon began with a buffet lunch and, following some play time (and chat time for the adults), everyone gathered round the statue for the crowning.  Girls, assorted ages and from the different families, were primed to place the lovely crown of flowers on the statue’s head as we began singing each chorus.  They did so perfectly.   An adult would remove the crown at the end of the chorus, and then it would be placed again on the statue by the next girl in line – and this until all three choruses had been sung, and every girl had had the privilege of placing the crown on Our Lady’s head.  It was absolutely beautiful. 

Later, when everyone had abandoned the garden and gathered in the living room, where a statue of Our Lady of Fatima takes pride of place, the children asked if they could again crown the statue.  That’s understandable; as the novus ordo Mass-goers keep telling us, everyone, especially the young, “like to be actively involved…”  😀  Of course, anyone who can’t see the difference between this sort of “active involvement” and the (literal) mass takeover in parishes in the past fifty years, needs help.  

Anyway, afraid of over-kill, of perhaps putting them off hymn singing forever, if not the Faith itself, I suggested that we just do the crowning, not necessarily sing the three verses/choruses of the hymn again. The youngsters would have none of it!  They insisted on singing the hymn again, every verse and every chorus.  And sing along they did, so seriously, so touchingly. 

There is no question about it, the sparks of devotion, love of Our Lord and Our Lady, are ignited when we sing the “old hymns” – you know, the ones which raise our hearts, minds and souls to the things of God and help to embed and deepen our love for Christ and His Mother.   

So, enjoy the above lovely rendering of Bring Flowers of the Rarest – and maybe next year YOU might organise a crowning party for your family and friends.  

For now, as this Month of Mary draws to a close, I wish a very happy Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary to one and all! 

17 responses

  1. For our American bloggers and readers, here is a version of Bring Flowers of the Rarest from the USA with which they may be more familiar. Some of the words are different but it is, nevertheless, very lovely and uplifting. Enjoy!

    Feel free to share your favourite hymns, prayers, miracles of Our Lady – whatever.

    A very happy Feast Day to one and all!

    • Sarto,

      Sarto 2010,

      Thank you for that – lovely, indeed, although I prefer the traditional crowning of Our Lady to the laying of flowers on the altar, nice enough as that is, of course. I would disagree that it’s a “better version” – the hymn in the introduction is exactly the same version, just with one verse missing, and sung by children. Beautiful. The American version is beautiful as well, slightly different words and at one point a slightly different tune, but uplifting, just the same, and, I’m sure, very pleasing to Our Lady – which is what matters, after all.

      As a matter of interest, the beautiful crown of flowers on the head of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the video, was donated by the same mother who hosted the garden party/crowning to which I refer in the introduction. She had it made for her crowning ceremony LAST year but it was really a bit too big for her garden statue, and so she offered it to Father Morris. Lovely to see it still gracing his church statue. The one she had made for this year, fits like a glove (so to speak!)

      • Editor,

        Not to mention the fact that there was no actual crowning in that video – it appears to have been done before the procession to the altar.

        • RCA Victor,

          I don’t think there was any crowning ceremony – the lady I mentioned above, gave the little crown of flowers to the priest LAST year, 2018, after her crowning ceremony at home and it’s been on the head of the statue ever since, as far as I know. Any time I’ve been in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it’s been there.

    • Without wishing to be overly negative, I wasn’t too keen on this video. I prefer the crowning of Our Lady to the laying of flowers. I have to say that the sight of so many women with their heads uncovered doesn’t appeal to me.

      • Petrus,

        Not to mention the server in the sanctuary dressed for weeding the garden!

        Sorry, don’t mean to be uncharitable but I don’t think anyone is supposed to be in the sanctuary unless wearing a cassock – maybe that’s wrong but I certainly prefer to see servers dressed as servers.

        • MM.

          The young man to whom you refer is, I think, called Mark and he is an exceptionally pleasant and helpful young man – I wouldn’t be too hard on them in Balornock over this sort of thing as they really are trying their best to uncover the traditional way of doing things. I do wish they would consult with the SSPX (Glasgow) sacristan, an elderly man called Tom, who knows just about everything there is to know about serving Mass and what is permitted/inappropriate in the sanctuary. A few sessions with him would be hugely beneficial to the priest and servers in alerting them to the importance of wearing appropriate garb.

          And I would agree with Petrus about the women not wearing head-coverings but that, I’m afraid, is commonplace in diocesan churches at both novus ordo and traditional Masses. I think the clergy take the view that they need to move slowly and not force too much change all at once.

          Ironic, isn’t it?! Given that the changes were forced at top speed in 1969!

  2. Well you learn something every day! I never heard of this feast before but I do now! Happy Feast Day to everyone.

  3. I was lucky enough to attend the crowning ceremony the editor speaks of in the introduction. It was a wonderful day and despite the negative weather forecasts, it not only remained dry but the sun came out just as we started singing. It was wonderful and will be lasting memory for the children.

  4. The description of the crowning ceremony in the garden sounds just perfect. I’m sure the girls who did the crowning will never forget that – what a lovely memory.

    I also like all of the renderings of Bring Flowers… It’s one of my favourite May hymns.

    Happy Feast everyone!

  5. What a lovely description of such a beautiful day for the families involved – I am very glad the day was a success.

    A happy feast day to everyone.

    I agree that “Bring flowers…..” is a beautiful hymn.

  6. “For now, as this Month of Mary draws to a close, I wish a very happy Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary to one and all!”
    I DO SO!
    Editor,
    I join you in this process.

    • Lionel,

      Thank you very much for your Feast Day wishes. I’ll be closing this thread down in a little while, as we approach midnight, so last call folks for anyone who wants to have their say (or song!)

  7. I’ll close this Feast Day thread now, with sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to it, thus honouring Our Lady on this lovely Feast of her Queenship.

    God bless.

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