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About the song “Mary, Did You Know?” Lyrics (Pentatonix)

“Mary, Did You Know?” is a Christmas song written by Mark Lowry in 1984 and music by Buddy Greene in 1991. It is dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. It was first recorded by Christian music artist Michael English in 1991 for his self-titled debut solo album.

English and Lowry were members of the Gaither Vocal Band at the time, and Greene was on tour with them. The song peaked at No. 6 on the Adult Contemporary Chart of CCM Magazine. Lowry recorded the song multiple times, most notably on the Gaither Vocal Band’s 1998 Christmas CD, Still, the Greatest Story Ever Told.

The song has subsequently become a modern Christmas classic, with hundreds of artists across multiple genres recording it over the years.

Several songs have charted in the top ten on Billboard’s R&B and Holiday charts. The hymn invites study on Mary and her son’s relationship, while some religious critics have criticized the lyrics for underplaying Mary’s own grace and understanding.

Song: Mary, Did You Know?
Artist: Pentatonix

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“Mary, Did You Know?”- Lyrics (Pentatonix)

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’ve 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 kiss the face of God.

Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?..
Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?..

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?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.

Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know? Mary, did you know?..
Mary, did you know?

More on the Music and lyrics of “Mary, Did You Know?” (Pentatonix)

“Mary, Did You Know?” was first released in the key of E minor, at a tempo of 53 beats per minute in 4 4 meters, with a chord progression of Em–D–Am7–B7sus4–B7. The lyrics grew out of a set of questions Lowry wrote for a Christmas event at his church:

I just tried to put the incomprehensible into words. I began to think about the questions I would ask her if I were to sit down and have coffee with Mary. “How was it like rearing God?” you ask. “How could you have known?” “How did you not know?”

The song provides no answers to any of the questions. Instead, the lyrics artistically invite the listener to consider Mary’s relationship with her unborn divine son, even though her faith and awareness did not yet encompass the facts of what would transpire.

The text has been criticized for ambiguity or a lack of scriptural or theological depth.

In response to the song’s title, Lutheran writer Holly Scheer wrote: “Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with the biblical account of Christ’s conception and birth shouldn’t need to ask if Mary knew, for the Bible simply tells us she did.” Michael Frost, a Baptist theologian, suggested that it was the “The most sexist Christmas song ever composed… It treats her as though she’s a naive child… Could you imagine a song 17 times asking Abraham if he knew he’d be the father of a great nation?” Catholic critics have frequently questioned a specific line of text (“This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you”) that may confound or challenge the assumption that Mary herself was conceived sinless.

Jennifer Henry, a Toronto-based theologian, composed new lyrics in 2017 that addressed the objections and echoed Mary’s words from the biblical Magnificat.

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By Meera