Mary And The Birth Of Jesus
What are all our Christmas songs about? We touched upon vernacular and religious songs of the season in another blog post Christmas Songs Across Time.
Christianity brings us the spirit of Christmas. It's the story of the birth of a child, the manifestation of spirit into mortal flesh. This birth of light is embodied through a mere mortal woman, Mary.
(Artwork by Jason Jenicke.)
What do our Christmas carols tell us about Mary, the earthly Mother of Jesus?
Come to find out, not much. Christmas songs across the years celebrate the birth of Jesus, but there are not many that sing the story from Mary's viewpoint.
In Michael Linton's article on this topic called Looking for Mary in Christmas Carols, he describes with charming humor:
As for Mary's lack of visibility, Linton offers this theory:
Today, there are a few songs that view the miracle of the birth of Jesus through Mary's eyes:
Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) – by Amy Grant
Mary's hesitant questioning speaks to her human frailty. You can almost sense the trembling of her hand as she embarks on this journey. Her doubts give voice to her concerns that she will live up to the task before her.
For The First Time – by Jason Bare
With his voice and music, Jason Bare paints a scene so we can envision when Mary and Joseph look upon their son, this birth of light, and hear his cries for the very first time.
Mary, Did You Know? – by Clay Aiken
As Mary held her baby boy for the first time, could she have possibly guessed the future that was about to unfurl in front of him? Clay Aiken wonders out loud if Mary could have known the remarkable destiny of her child and his greater purpose.
Mary And The Radiant Child
The artwork by Sulamith Wulfing entitled Frohe Weihnachten portrays the radiant child of light held in Mary's heart center.
The symbology is there for all of us to appreciate. It's the awakened child within our hearts, the birth of light into the darkness of this outer existence.
For any Christmas music, students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) can bring a song's imagery to their meditations with use of TRT® hands-on. Accessing universal energy with TRT® lets you explore the deeper meaning behind the notes and the words.
What child is this who is awake? Awake in consciousness, even at our birth.
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