Mary Blessed Grieving Mother

Pieta - Mary with Jesus' body at the foot of the cross.    1 Mary, blessed grieving mother, waiting by the cross of shame, through your patient, prayerful vigil, kindle hope's eternal flame; crying in the pains of earth, singing of redemption's birth. 2 Where the crosses of the nations darken still the noonday skies, see the sad madonna weeping through a million mothers' eyes. Holy Mary, full of grace, all our tears with yours embrace. 3 Standing with the  suffering Saviour, still oppressed by hate and fear,  where the gentle still are murdered and protesters disappear: mother of the crucified, call his people to your side! 4 Holy mother, watching, waiting, for the saving of the earth; in the loneliness of dying, speak of hope and human worth, there for all the world to see, lifted up at Calvary!
This hymn about Mary was written by English Anglican-raised United Reformed church minister, community health worker and hymn writer Michael Forster (1946-).

With meter 8.7.8.7.7.7, tunes it is set to include:
  • BLACK MADONNA by Alan Ridout (1934-1996) - the original tune
  • IRBY (usually used for Once in Royal David's City).

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:




Examples


Instrumental - piano - tune BLACK MADONNA



Instrumental - organ - tune IRBY:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1 Mary, blessed grieving mother ...

2 Where the crosses of the nations ...

3 Standing with the suffering Saviour ...

4 Holy mother, watching, waiting,
... lifted up at Calvary!


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