The Heart of Mary

  • Duration: 3 minutes
  • Chorus: SATB unaccompanied
  • Published by: Novello

Every year Patrick’s brother Andrew sends out Christmas cards with an original seasonal poem.

The poem for 2011 moved Patrick so much that he immediately wrote this setting and presented it to his brother as a Christmas present.

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Ponder the treasure, in your heart:
Gabriel’s message; the glorious dark;
the dangerous road and Joseph’s care;
the magi’s star; the shepherds’ prayer.

Ponder the treasure in your heart:
Simeon’s promise at the start of
what will prove your wounded way
by a piercing sword of a noon dark day.

Ponder the treasure in your heart:
the empty tomb; the Pentecost spark;
the spiritual fire that catches light
in all baptized by your Son’s life.

Ponder the treasure in your heart:
still full of grace you take your part,
as heavenly Mother, source of prayer
for all who seek God’s tender care.

Words: Andrew Hawes (1954 –   )

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