Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday Music: Coventry Carol

Here is a carol that is appropriate for this day commemorating the Holy Innocents. While Mary bore in her body and held in her arms the hope for the world, the Prince of Peace, she lived with the reality of a world in which kings will slaughter innocents to stay in power. Women throughout the ages have lived with this sorrow. Every victim of the Empire's "collateral damage"has a mother who weeps.

From Wikipedia: The "Coventry Carol" is an English Christmas carol dating from the 16th century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew: the carol itself refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed, and takes the form of a lullaby sung by mothers of the doomed children. 


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