Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blog Caroling - Mary Did You Know?

Once again footnote Maven has invited us to go blog caroling with her!  It is a longstanding tradition of hers and this year I thought I would join the group.

To quote fM, " I challenge each of you to blog or post to Facebook your favorite Christmas Carol - Blog Caroling. We'll all sing along! (Blog Caroling is posting the lyrics, youtube video, etc. of your favorite Christmas carol on your blog.)"

I have always loved Christmas Carols from the time I first learned "O Tannenbaum" in both English and German.  I was probably in first or second grade.  Over the years I have had many favorites according to the season and my mood during a particular season.  

A couple of years ago, I heard a new to me Christmas Carol.  Although it wasn't as new as I thought, it was very new to me and made a huge impression on me.  "Mary Did You Know?" is now one of my favorite Christmas Carols.  When I hear it, I think of the 15 or 16 year old Mary preparing for the birth on her child.  I wonder how scared she must have been and what she would have thought had she known what was ahead of her.

According to Wikipedia: "Mary, Did You Know?" is a Christmas song with lyrics written by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene. It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991 (English and Lowry were both members of the Gaither Vocal Band at the time). It reached No. 6 on CCM Magazine's AC Chart.[1] Lowry would record the song several times himself, most notably with the Gaither Vocal Band on their 1998 Christmas album Still the Greatest Story Ever Told.
The song has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic, being recorded by many artists over the years across multiple genres.

My favorite version is by the Pentatonix since I love acapella.  Listen here

Here are the lyrics to "Mary Did You Know"

That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know,
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered,
Will soon deliver you.
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
Your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know,
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby,
You've kissed the face of god.
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the lamb.
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know,
That your baby boy is heaven's perfect lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding, is the great I am.
Happy birthday Jesus!
A very merry christmas to all of you!
Please remember
Jesus is the reason for the season!
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