In Mary’s Heart Immaculate


Moved by Our Lady, John Underhill has a written a new hymn which could be used for The Nativity of the BVM (8 Sept), The Most Holy Name of Mary (12 Sept), Our Lady of Sorrows (15 Sept), Our Lady of Walsingham (24 Sept) or general devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in particular.


In Mary’s Heart Immaculate

We seek a refuge sure

Against the Tempter’s darkling wiles,

Preserved for Christ, the Lord.

While sin and strife beset us round,

Divisions rend apart,

Still we, the humbled faithful yearn

For Mary’s tender heart.


Hail, full of grace, Blessed Gabriel’s word

To lowly Virgin, fair,

Revealed to mankind’s waiting hearts:

O’erflower grace laid bare.

In her obedience, our poor hearts,

Like saintly hearts before,

Are taught to lay aside our pride,

And Christ our King, adore.


Yet if we, servants of the Lord,

Would share His victory,

Our hearts must be transfixed as sure

As Mary’s at the Tree.

There Sacred and Immaculate

Shared in the saving deed

In which we must co-operate

For our souls to be freed.


So, while the devil round us prowls,

Mankind’s souls to devour,

And virtue is foregone in lands

Which once hailed God’s great power,

May we, who race to win the prize

Once earthly days are done,

Seek Mary’s Heart Immaculate

To lead us to her Son.


Suggested tunes:

Kingsfold (I heard the voice of Jesus say)

Noel (It came upon a midnight clear)