Today’s addition to the HCT list is “Gabriel’s Message”: Sting’s version.
Sting’s swirling vocals and organ accompaniment put the listener in a cathedral of sound that’s enveloped in deep silence. This stunning version of the traditional hymn (with words by Sabine Baring Gould) captures the intimacy of Mary’s visit with the angel Gabriel, while simultaneously extolling the universal implications of her simple “yes.”
“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 lady,” 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 favored lady, Gloria!
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