My Favorite Christmas Song, “Mary Did You Know?”

By Garth A. Rose

Ask people what is their favorite thing about Christmas and you are likely to receive a different response, but it is likely most will say the favorite thing is the music at Christmas. 

I fully agree with 84-year-old Maizie Russell of Perrine, Florida, that Christmas would not be Christmas without Christmas songs and carols. 

Today, with 24-hour access to multiple streaming services and devices like our cell phones, it’s hard to escape the music and get that special Christmas.

Like the majority of people who responded to CNW surveys in recent years, my favorite Christmas carol was “Silent Night” especially the version song by the Temptations, closely followed by “O Holy Night.”

But, this year while watching a Christmas special on YouTube featuring the University of the West Indies Chorale, I fell in love with a song, I’d heard before but paid little attention to. It’s particularly fitting this year, because of the many challenges that 2020 brought with it. Reminiscent of an old Negro Spiritual, the song, “Mary Did You Know,” is my new favorite because it aptly conveys the real message of Christmas, the birth and life of Jesus Christ and what his birth means to the world. 

This is a relatively new Christmas song, written in 1984 and first recorded in 1991.

The lyrics are placed, I invite you to focus on the lyrics, even if you are already familiar with them, and tune into YouTube or any other music portal and enjoy this song. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

MARY DID YOU KNOW

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know. Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

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