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Blessed are you Mary who believed!

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Blessed are you Mary who believed! Gospel of Sunday, December 23, 2018, fourth Sunday of Advent Dear brothers and sisters, a beautiful Christmas song entitled "Mary did You know", words by Mark …More
Blessed are you Mary who believed!
Gospel of Sunday, December 23, 2018, fourth Sunday of Advent


Dear brothers and sisters, a beautiful Christmas song entitled "Mary did You know", words by Mark Lowry in 1984 and music by Buddy Gaither in 1991, develops around a sort of imaginary interview to Mary about what she exactly knew and did not about her baby Boy She had given birth on the night of Bethlehem, the night when everything changed! In short, this is the lyrics of the song:

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? …Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man? Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand? Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations? Did you know that the sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.

What we know for sure, dear brothers and sisters, as clearly highlighted by the Gospels and recalled by the Second Vatican Council is that Mary too, has made a path of faith ... grew in faith. She kept everything concerning her Son in her heart and She meditated it in the light of the Holy Spirit to penetrate the mystery of his divine person. What we know for sure is that for the purity of her heart she was full of God and docile to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, determined to follow her Son until the end, up to the ignominy of the Cross. It is right there under the cross she became, by the will of her divine Son, the Mother of the Church, the Mother of all Christians, our most sweet and tender Mother ...
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Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth from liking to not liking this song. Recently I found the following which has changed my opinion.-------------------------------------------
In defense of “Mary Did You Know?”

This song is written in a minor key. If you’re not a musician: a minor key gives a song a sad, soft, or incomplete feel (think “O Come O Come Emmanuel”) as opposed to a major key, …More
Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth from liking to not liking this song. Recently I found the following which has changed my opinion.-------------------------------------------
In defense of “Mary Did You Know?”

This song is written in a minor key. If you’re not a musician: a minor key gives a song a sad, soft, or incomplete feel (think “O Come O Come Emmanuel”) as opposed to a major key, which makes a song sound more upbeat or happy (think “Joy To The World”). Christmas carol or not, there are too few modern songs in the Church written in minor keys. Minor tonality gives “Mary, Did You Know?” a pensive, expectant mood instead of the completeness a major key would provide. This fits well with the lyrics and contrasts with most other Christmas songs we sing.

Second, there are some really interesting lines in this song containing contrasting images and wordplays that make the lyrics memorable. Take this one, for example: “This child that you've delivered will soon deliver you.” That’s a clever use of the word “deliver” used to mean both “give birth to” and “set free from.” Another well-written line is, “This sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM.” The stark contrast between those two mental pictures is designed to inspire and awe.

“Mary, Did You Know?” is not so much about Mary and what she knows but about who Jesus is and what He will do. It is a song that foreshadows Jesus's life at the celebration of His birth. The title clues us to the motif of the song, not the theme. That’s why criticism of the question in the song’s title doesn’t work.

Now, to the point everyone wants to talk about: Yes, Mary knew. An angel of the Lord plainly told her that she would have a son whom she was to name Jesus, that He would be called the Son of the Most High, and that He would reign on David’s throne forever. So even if Mary didn’t know all the specifics ahead of time, she had a good idea that this child would be something special. That's not the point. The conversational motif of the song gives it something unique, the feeling as though we as singers are speaking to Mary about Jesus as we all stand in awe of Him.

Ignore the Hollywood effects (a young Joseph, Blue eyes, Anglo actors, etc. ) in the following video.
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Dr Bobus
The contrived joy is offensive. Doesn't Jesus make you feel good?

Ech.
GJA Taylor
what a stupid question.