Mary recorded this song to honor her Scottish heritage. It is a hymn traditionally sung on during midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Mary sings the first verse in Gaelic. I like to use my imagination as I listen. I try to go back in my mind to when the song was new. It was written in the mid 1800s, when it was first sung the sanctuary would have been lit by candle light. The room was probably cold and everyone would’ve been bundled against it and snuggling as much as possible to stay warm. The hymn has 29 verses, it took a while to sing. No one was in a hurry to go anywhere, the room was filled with people who were there for one purpose, to worship a king, a king who entered our world as a baby. This was no ordinary king, this king was not a king of city or country or a land mass, he was THE king, the king over all of it, all of us over all of creation. He didn’t get crowned as king, he was born the king. this little baby was God in the flesh.
The song touches on the mix of the mother and baby, but the baby was the savior and king. He was (and is) fully God, but he was also fully a human baby and he still needed his mother and needed a soft lullaby to sleep.
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