'Bring Flowers of the Rarest'

Garland of Flowers with Madonna and Child
Christiaen Luyck [Web Gallery of Art]

Bring Flowers of the Rarest

This hymn, very popular in Ireland particularly in May, was written by Mary E. Walsh in the late 1800s. The words are here. It was sung by the late Irish tenor Frank Patterson at the Faith of Our Fathers concert in Dublin in 1997. Frank was a deeply committed Catholic and died in 2000 at the age of 61. May he rest in peace

The Virgin and Child in a Garden of Flowers

Missa IX, Cum Jubilo

This Gregorian chant setting of the Mass is sung on Solemnities and Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is sung here by the Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis, Milan.

Virgin and Child in a Stone Niche, Surrounded by Garland of Flowers
Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen the Elder [Web Gallery of Art]


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