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Marian Hymns Without Mary & Jesus?

There are beautiful Marian hymns, ancient and modern, everything from Ave Maria and Immaculate Mary to the more modern, Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly. But some have attempted to censor Mary and Jesus out of Christmas and Marian hymns. Austere Protestants might sanitize beautiful melodies of Marian references. Secularists and non-Christians would subtract Jesus. There are also new melodies and songs which portray Mary in ways that Catholics might find offensive. Desiring a larger audience, critics might mean well and no slight, but informed Catholics are still understandably disturbed.

Ending traditionally, I am reminded of Barry Manilow’s nondescript English “maiden’s prayer” substitution for the Latin, Hail Mary in the AVE MARIA. Subtle but problematic is the popular song, MARY, DID YOU KNOW? It has been claimed that the composer (Mark Lowry) intended a denial of the Catholic teaching about Mary as the Immaculate Conception (already saved). Sadly, Catholic parishes and schools sometimes perform songs without really reflecting upon the doctrinal content. We are so preoccupied with entertainment and performance that we have neglected the appreciation that hymns can teach and function as expressions of prayer.

Let us never forget that we must worship God and honor his saints in truth.