Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


I fondly recall my father singing this song (well, the refrain, anyway) when I was a child, with both great affection and great gusto.  Little did I know that I was in such good company: it seems that St. Thérèse of Lisieux used to sing it along with her friends, having learned it from her mother.  The story behind this beautiful French hymn to Our Lady is a rather touching one, and its text seems most appropriate to me on this great solemnity.

The Mother of God's high destiny is ours, as well: to be raised in the full integrity of our humanity--body and soul--to heaven.  Where Mary has gone--now dwelling in complete, eternal union with her divine Son--we long one day to follow.

We sang this (although not nearly as well as Patty Griffin does, who first heard it as a lullaby sung by her French Canadian grandmother) at the end of the holy day Mass here at Notre Dame...



J'irai la voir un jour
Au ciel, dans la patrie!
Oui, j'irai voir Marie,
Ma joie et mon amour.

               Au ciel, au ciel, au ciel,
               J'irai la voir un jour!

J'irai la voir un jour!
C'est le cri d'espérance
Qui calme ma souffrance
Au terrestre séjour.

J'irai la voir un jour!
J'irai m’unir aux anges,
Pour chanter ses louanges
Et pour former sa cour.

J'irai la voir un jour,

Cette Vierge si belle!

Bientôt j'irai près d'elle

Lui dire mon amour.

J'irai la voir un jour!

J'irai près de sa trône

Recevoir ma couronne

Dans l'éternel séjour.

J'irai la voir un jour!
J'irai, loin de la terre,
Sur le coeur de ma Mère
Reposer sans retour.
I will go to see her one day,
In heaven, in my homeland!
Yes, I will go to see Mary,
My joy and my love.

               To heaven, to heaven, to heaven,
               I will go to see her one day!

I will go to see her one day!
It is the cry of hope
That calms my suffering
During my earthly stay.

I will go to see her one day!
I will join myself to the angels
In order to sing her praises
And to form her court.

I will go to see her one day,
This Virgin so beautiful!
Soon I will go to be near her
And tell her of my love.

I will go to see her one day!
I will go near her throne
To receive my crown
In eternal rest.

I will go to see her one day!
I’ll go, far from the earth,
To rest without return
On my Mother's heart.

Fr. Pierre Janin (1853)



1 comment:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Merci beaucoup.

God bless.