Ave Maria

Music HighwayOne song that I remember most and cherished when I was a Catholic is Schubert’s, Ave Maria.

It is based on the salutation given to Mary when the archangel, Gabriel, announced to her that she would conceive a child through the Holy Spirit  (Luke 1:26-28 ). The song also includes the words Mary received from Elisabeth when they met after the annunciation ( Luke 1:39-43).

Although the Roman Church uses this song to worship Mary, I relish it as a beautiful song about a time Mary was overjoyed at what was happening in her life.

Yet, as we approach the season of Jesus Christ’s passion, I am reminded of how painful it was for Mary to witness the last days of her son, Jesus Christ’s,  life. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to see a parent – especially a mother – see his/her child die before he or she does.

I remember when my half-sister died suddenly and how my mother went through her funeral. It was very sad.

When my dad was in a hospital on his deathbed, it tore my heart when I saw his mother, my grandmother, wheeled into the room for her to have a final conversation with her son.

We Christians know there is much gladness yet ahead for us and that the pain we must go through is only temporary.

Franz Schurbert

Franz Schubert
1797 – 1828

Ave Maria  (1825)
lyrics by – Franz Schubert
music by – Franz Shurbert
country – Austria
sung by – Luciano Pavarotti
orchestra – Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor – Zubin Mehta
choir – Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus
location – Los Angeles Dodger Stadium (1994)
program – The Three Tenors
genre – classical
language – Latin

Ave Maria Gratia plena
Maria Gratia plena
Maria Gratia plena

Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus

Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tui Jesus
Ave Maria

In hora mortis, mortis nostrae
Mortis nostrae
Ave Maria

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