Friday, April 22, 2011

Lessons from an Old Lament

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The story told in Lament Of The Three Marys is of Good Friday from a mother’s point of view: Mary seeks her son, asking her friends, have you seen him? have you seen my bright love? and finally she finds him, carrying his cross on the road to Golgotha. She says, son let me help you, son, I am your mother. Christ answers: we each must carry our own cross, mother.

I’ve always thought that was a more useful, and more Irish, idea than the commonly used statement about there’s always someone who is in a worse situation than you are, and the like. We each must carry our own cross, and we do not know the weight of each other’s burdens. What we may choose to do, though, is to share a word, a smile, a hand of friendship, a cup of water, and a song, along the way,

Hear Cathie Ryan sing a bit of
Coaineadh na dTri Muire /Lament Of The Three Marys by following this link. It is on her album The Music of What Happens.

you may also wish to see other music to go along with these ideas

Music Road: Songs for an Easter weekend
Music Road: Cathie Ryan: Songwriter
Music Road: Carrie Newcomer: Before & After

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