31/5: Queenship of Mary…Happy Feast!

31/5: Queenship of Mary…Happy Feast!


As the Month of Mary draws to a close with the celebration of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we reflect on this beautiful title of Our Lady. 

The hymn “Bring Flowers of the Rarest…” was traditionally sung in churches throughout the Month of Mary, not just on this Feast Day, and – in this way –  along with the several other “May hymns”, devotion to Our Lady was developed and deepened in young Catholic souls.  The memory still raises a smile when I think of the cheerful rendering (in my own parish) of “The Sun is Shining Brightly” while, in fact, it was pouring with rain outside! 

Thus, I can’t imagine the deprivation suffered today by young Catholics who are denied such devotions.  Indeed, it’s very sad to speak with young people who have attended Mass throughout the Month of Mary and not heard even one of the traditional hymns in honour of Our Lady’s special month. We can put that right here, now, so enjoy! 

As with all Feast Day threads, discuss any relevant issues, and feel free to post your favourite prayers, stories, and hymns.   

Our Lady, Queen and Mother, pray for us! 

Comments (17)

  • Laura

    I LOVE that hymn, Bring Flowers… That’s one beautiful rendition of it, for sure.

    I thought I’d post this version of The Sun is Shining Brightly although it’s different from the one I grew up with, the one probably most of us grew up with in Scotland. This is from the north of England, but it’s a pretty version – I like it a lot.

    May 30, 2021 at 11:30 pm
    • editor


      That is, indeed, a pretty version of The Sun is Shining Brightly. I still prefer the one with which we all grew up in Scotland – here’s the Catholic Truth recording…

      May 31, 2021 at 10:52 am
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        ED am just after listening to this Lovely Hymn and thank God at least for the Today, the Sun is Shining Brightly .Just a we story i told to a Priest Friend of mine who sadly is am sure Gone To His Eternal Rest as He loved Our Blessed Lady. I said to Him that ” Father you know that theyv changed the words in the Great Hymn to Our Blessed ,Lady The Sun is Shining Brightly ” he said ” What have they changed ” i said ” Instead of the words -And all The World is Gay – . Theyv changed it to -And Half The World is Gay ” Happy Feast Day all. Like you ED my favorite May Hymn is Bring Flowers of the Rarest, and Frank Patterson sings it with all his Heart and Soul . God Rest Him Also.

        May 31, 2021 at 5:57 pm
      • editor


        Here’s a hymn which HAS been changed; the Fatima hymn “O Come to the Throne of Grace” with no mention of Fatima or Russia, .. I did find another one which did mention Fatima, but still no mention of Russian Consecration…

        Then there’s the Catholic Truth recording 😀 We just can’t allow the Month of Mary 2021 to end without a reminder of the importance of praying (and singing) for the Consecration of Russia!

        May 31, 2021 at 9:59 pm
  • Mary Anne

    Thank you. This brings a tear … with so many memories … God bless you for putting this on.

    May 31, 2021 at 4:35 am
  • Mary Anne

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Remember ‘O Mary we Crown Thee with Blossoms Today’ ? Frank Patterson sings it so beautifully.

    May 31, 2021 at 4:37 am
    • editor

      Mary Anne,

      Thank you for re-blogging this thread. I’ve just paid a visit to you blog, which looks very interesting. I left a comment to thank you and promised to return soon to enjoy a proper browse – there are some extremely interesting posts listed, so I look forward to it.

      Happy Feast!

      May 31, 2021 at 10:57 am
  • Fidelis

    Happy Feast everyone!

    This is Hail Queen of Heaven – appropriate for today, though not particularly a May hymn.


    May 31, 2021 at 8:58 am
    • editor


      Yes, that’s a very appropriate hymn for today – and a very old firm favourite. Thanks for that.

      May 31, 2021 at 10:58 am
  • Theresa Rose

    I love listening to the hymns that are already presented on this thread in Honour of Our Lady. And today the sun is indeed shining brightly.

    I also thought of the Rosary that Our Lady presented to Saint Dominic in the 12th century at the time of the Albigensian heresy. The Rosary is indeed a spiritual weapon. And needed now in these times.


    May 31, 2021 at 10:33 am
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      Many thanks for that very useful link – the comments underneath the article are very interesting – defenders of the Gluminous Mysteries lurk there 😀

      May 31, 2021 at 11:07 am
      • Theresa Rose


        I agree that defenders of the Gluminous Mysteries lurk there. The last time I think these Mysteries were discussed by catholictruthscotland was in 2014. It is always looking back to the comments made there.

        Some people seem to think that Pope John Paul II made it a matter of Dogma to pray these Mysteries. Instead it was an option only.

        May 31, 2021 at 2:34 pm
      • Theresa Rose


        Editor, I forgot to include the link to that previous thread, so here it is.

        May 31, 2021 at 2:50 pm
  • RemnantchildofMary

    I love that hymn “Mary we Crown thee with blossoms today”. It reminds of the German May Dance, my childhood and we sang this at my grandmother’s funeral in honour of Our Lady, a nod to my Austrian grandmother’s heritage,& her devoted love for Our Lady. My grandmothers name was also incidentally, Maria. The hymn brings me joy

    May 31, 2021 at 12:40 pm
  • editor

    This is another version of The Sun is Shining Brightly – which is lovely. Sung, apparently, by a Scottish family.

    May 31, 2021 at 9:42 pm
  • Athanasius

    I wish everyone the blessing and protection of Our Lady on this the great Feast of her Queenship. May God grant us the triumph of her Immaculate Heart soon.

    May 31, 2021 at 11:40 pm
  • editor

    Time to close this Feast Day thread to comments, with thanks to everyone who contributed – all much appreciated,

    God bless.

    June 1, 2021 at 12:18 am

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