These two masterpieces have always been some of my favorite hymns dedicated to Our Lady; the entire album Spotless Rose by Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Chorale was brilliantly composed ALL in honor of Mary. I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I do. A most Blessed Fourth Sunday after Pentecost!
A Spotless Rose is growing, sprung from a tender root, of ancient seer’s foreshadowing, of Jesse’s promised fruit; its fairest bud unfolds to light amid the cold, cold winter, and in the dark midnight.
The Rose which I am singing, whereof Isaiah said, is from its sweet root springing in Mary, purest Maid; for through our God’s great power and might, the Blessed Babe She bares us in a cold, cold winter’s night.
Hail, hail devout Virgin, Splendid Jewel, Maria! Now sing we with great delight of our perfect Love, Who prays for us to Christ Who is our Light and Way.
Hail, hail devout Virgin, Splendid Jewel, Maria! All you whose minds are in heaven, now sing sweetly, rightly presenting this gift to Christ and the Virgin Mary.
Hail, hail devout Virgin. High and glorious Lady, Mother of the most merciful Jesus, You are the Rose of heaven, than which there is none more beautiful.
Splendid Maria! Hail, hail devout Virgin, Splendid Jewel, Maria!