Mary Blessed Grieving Mother

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:


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!



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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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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.

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.

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!

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!

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