A Pretty Thought in May – We’re Crowning Our Lady on May 21st!

Hopkins The St. Augustine Schola Cantorae will be up at the Shrine of La Leche at 6 p.m. for Vespers and a May Crowning.  Join us if you can!  And here's a thought from one of my favorite poets:

From Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, “May Magnificat”

"May is Mary's month, and I

  Muse at that and wonder why;

   Her feasts follow reason,

   Dated due to season –


"Candlemas, Lady Day;

  But the Lady Month, May

   Why fasten that upon her,

   With a feasting in her honour?

   . . . . . . . .

"Ask of her, that mighty mother:

   Her reply puts this other

   Question: What is Spring? –

   Growth in every thing –



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About Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou’s life in sacred music began in a children’s choir at the age of three. Instrumental music waited until her piano lessons started in primary school. And her music life remains a joyous pairing of sacred vocal music and the instrumental repertoire of Spain, Ireland, and Scotland.

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