Seems there was this old priest who was taking his young vicar around the church, showing him where everything was. They’re up in the choir loft, and the old priest looks down and sees Maggie Guilfoyle, an elderly woman, kneeling in front of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, saying the Rosary. “Get down,” the old priest says, “let’s have a little fun.” They hide behind the rail of the loft and the old priest says quietly, “Maggie! Maggie Guilfoyle!” The old woman pauses, then goes back to her Rosary. A little louder, the old priest says, “Maggie Guilfoyle! This is Jesus!” The woman raises her head and looks around, then returns to the beads. “Maggie! Maggie Guilfoyle! It’s Jesus Christ!” The woman turns around and bellows in a thick Irish brogue, “WILL YE SHUT UP! I’M TALKING TO YOUR MOTHER!”
In trying to think of a different angle for my Christmas posts this year, I realized that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, played a pretty big part in the holiday. It was she, after all, who spent those hours in labor giving birth to Our Lord. Mary’s kind of a big deal in the Catholic Church, and is venerated and honored as the intercessor between us and Jesus. Not that we can’t pray directly to God, but sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone more like us. Last Thursday was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which honors her as having been born without the stain of Original Sin; today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the day which commemorates her appearance to Juan Diego, a poor Mexican man; and New Year’s Day is called The Feast of Mary, Mother of God, a much more appropriate name than its original name, The Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, which honored Jesus’ bris.
Here are a few songs to Mary, Mother of Jesus.
O, How A Rose E’er Blooming – John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers
O Sanctissima – Bing Crosby From The Bells of St. Mary’s
Hail, Holy Queen – from Sister Act This is one of those songs that’s woven into the DNA of every Catholic. The portion in Latin is the words of “O Sanctissima,” I discovered.
Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix Pentatonix are wonderful, aren’t they?
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman A song by Catholic liturgical songwriter Rev. Carey Landry. No idea who the singer is, but she has a beautiful voice.
That’s Monday’s Music Movees Me for December 12, 2016.