Advent 2022 #10: Time for some music

Having hit the weekend, I have no more brain power to write anything even remotely meaningful.

So here’s a song for some reflection in a future post. Gabriel’s message is credited to Edgar Pettman and Sabine Baring-Gould. I like Sting’s recording of the track, especially this performance from the 1980s.

The lyrics are below. Enjoy.

Yours needing a moment to regroup herself,


The angel Gabriel from heaven came
His wings as drifted snow
His eyes as flame
“All hail” said he “thou lowly maiden Mary
Most highly favoured lady, ” Gloria, Gloria

“For known a blessed mother thou shalt be
All generations laud and honor thee
Thy Son shall be Emanuel
By seers foretold
Most highly favored maid, ” Gloria, Gloria

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head
“To me be as it pleaseth God, ” she said,
“My soul shall laud and magnify His holy name.”
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria, Gloria

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