Shrine, Mary’s Shrine (a little something to sing on the bus)

Shrine, Mary’s Shrine,

Destination of hopeful pilgrims!

Foretaste of heaven, open wide your door!

Shrine, Mary’s Shrine,

Holy House! England’s Nazareth: our

Lady is [t]here, and we honour her name.

 

1. Mary, child of the Father’s giving;

Mary, mother of all the living;

Mary, wisest of all human teachers;

Mary, gentlest of all human creatures:

Pray for us! Pray for us!

 

2. Mary, called by an angel’s vision;

caring not for the world’s derision;

prayed at once for the grace of obedience:

‘Let your will be my only allegiance!’

Pray for us! Pray for us!

 

3. Mary, praising the Lord, the holy

God, whose pow’r raises up the lowly;

Mary, Mother of Christ, yet his daughter;

sees his glory as wine flows from water:

Pray for us! Pray for us!

 

4. Mary, pained in your Son’s last hour,

seeking sign of the Father’s power;

Mary, hearing the women’s announcement:

‘Christ is risen!’ O joyful pronouncement!

Pray for us! Pray for us!

 

5. Mary, Mother enthroned for ever:

pray for us, that we may never

fail to follow wherever Christ leads us,

always serving wherever he needs us:

Pray for us! Pray for us!

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