Songs of Faith - Ave Maria | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Anyone raised in the Baptist south surely has their favorite hymn. I had the good fortune to have both Baptist and Catholic influences represented in my family. My mom's Italian family was Catholic and my Dad's Irish protestant family were Baptist. I was raised in the Baptist church but often attended Mass during the family reunions which usually occurred during the Christmas season.

    I'll start my contribution to this series with one of the most beautiful spiritual songs I have ever heard. A musical version of the Catholic Rosary.

    Two versions are presented here; one instrumental and one with singing.

    First is a classical Guitar version without words.

Ave Maria - Emmanuel Rossfelder (5:08)


Plácido Domingo - Ave Maria - By: Schubert Plácido Domingo - Ave Maria - By: Schubert

English Translation (partial)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and in the hour of our death.

    Publisher's note: If you are really in the Christmas spirit, or just in the need for more, please click here to access all of the holiday spirit in melody and narrative that BCN can harness and offer for this Yuletide Season.
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( October 17th, 2015 @ 8:30 am )
I agree with BT on the beauty of "Ave Maria." As Baptists we were told "Catholics worship idols like the Virgin Mary." Nobody reminded us we worshiped our big church buildings with the biggest organ in town.

Someone has said the favorite pastime of Baptists is CONFESSING THE SINS OF OTHERS!

What I quickly discovered in World History and Christian History study is that we are ALL God's children and it is more important to respect one another and understand one another than to think we are superior to all other religions since we are Baptists in the South and have the biggest AND MOST churches!

The greatest experience, for me, has been talking and communicating with a real Roman Catholic Priest about his faith and practices. Another was sitting down with a faithful Mormon and DISCUSSING our traditions and similarities. I found out FOR MYSELF that we all have a place in God's Kingdom.

My skin Has goosebumps when I play the songs above. I can hardly end a sermon with the prayer of St. Frances of Assisi without a big lump in my throat. Praise God, we can worship and love one another --- and forget about any differences when we FAITH IT.

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