HYMN OF THE MONTH - May: Daughter of a Mighty Father (Macula non est in te)
  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    As part of my series on Catholic hymns, I chose a hymn written by one of America’s most prolific writers who is best known for hymns honoring the Sacred Heart, a contributor to numerous Catholic magazines and newspapers, and often characterized as The Poet of the Pure Soul. Please take a few minutes to read about this hymn writers contributions to Catholic music.

  • ServiamScores
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    Living in the shadow of the Golden Dome, I'm curious to read those 18 poems. Thanks for making me aware of this.
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  • chonakchonak
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    A recording is on @oldhymns' website "Catholic Devotional Hymns", at
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  • oldhymnsoldhymns
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    Thanks, Don9of11, for your research on this wonderful hymn and its composer, Eleanor Donnelly. You have made a great contribution to the history of American Catholic hymnody through your research. Even though I am very familiar with Eleanor Donnelly's fine Sacred Heart hymns and her well-known hymn to Our Lady of Good Counsel, I had no idea she composed "Daughter of a Mighty Father." This is one of my favorite hymns and an ideal hymn for the upcoming May processions.

    Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois. Above the main altar in this fine church is a reproduction of the famous Murillo painting of the Immaculate Conception and above that, carved in gold, are the words "Macula Non Est in Te."
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  • Don9of11Don9of11
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    Thank you everyone for you kind comments. I came across a number of wonderful resources doing my research and I tried to include as many as I could in my write-up. There is a parish in Philadelphia, PA., St. Francis de Sales that has a special connection to Eleanor Donnelly. It is a very interesting story which you might like to read.

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