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Sunday Special & Frank J. La Rocca & O Eve!

Central Michigan University Women’s Chorus performing in 2011.

There’s more theology to be unpacked here than is regular for our Sunday feature, but it won’t be unpacked by me! The poem that was set to music was itself written to accompany this crayon and colored pencil image, Eve and Mary, by Sister Grace Remington:
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And the poem is by the late Sister Columba Guare who was in the same Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey in Iowa.

My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve,

Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.

The former things have passed away,

Our God has brought us to a New Day.

See, I am with Child,

Through whom all will be reconciled.

O Eve! My sister, my friend,

We will rejoice together,

Forever

Life without end.

A little background and an MP3 file for the song can be found at the site of the composer here. This recording is of the premier of the song in Glasgow (2007), and is more refined musically (but it’s not on Youtube!). Worth downloading and checking out! I encountered the song, poem and picture some years ago when I followed a trail of links to a post by The Anchoress.

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5 responses to “Sunday Special & Frank J. La Rocca & O Eve!

  1. Liz

    magical and mystical. a little bit sad, too. Humanity will never be free of that snake. But. also hope. You’re right–lots to unpack if one chooses to do so.

    • wdydfae

      Thanks, Liz! Always valuable comments.

    • wdydfae

      Depends on your theological outlook of course, but in a strict sense humanity is free of that snake since Calvary. Hence Mary stomping on the head. That’s part of what’s being communicated to Eve. It’s a hard doctrinal point for me, because one doesn’t exactly look around the world and see that, to say the least. I guess it’s something you have to lay hold of by faith?

      That’s my two cent exegesis!

      • Liz

        Yes, true. I agree that we’re free if we choose to follow Christ. But, we’re (talking humanity in general, though I fall squarely in this category) easily distracted and can make poor choices. So seems an eternal struggle in a sense. Which is why faith is a very good thing!

      • Liz

        lol–had to look up “exegesis.”

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