When one of our contributors gets public recognition it’s always a great encouragement. Chris Idle, who wrote our entertaining Hymns column for many years and contributes wonderful pastoral articles, is a longstanding and much loved hymn writer. In 2003 the Hymn Society chose his new composition, which we have great pleasure in printing below, in joint second place in their annual competition. Chris is, of course, a staunch evangelical and his hymn is a wonderful response to the Marian prophecy – “All generations shall call me blessed”.

Mary of the Incarnation

Mary of the incarnation,
Youthful mother of her King,
Listening, trusting, travelling, working:
O for such a mind as Mary’s,
Sharing memory, word and sign,
Quick to learn by speech or silence,
Where the water flows as wine.

Mary of the crucifixion,
Warned of this heart-rending role,
Following close where nails and scourges
Tear her Son and pierce her soul.
O for such a love as Mary’s
Costly, pure, enduring, long,
Sharing threats and thorns and darkness,
When most helpless, then most strong!

Mary of the resurrection,
True disciple, Spirit-born:
All her joy is God her Saviour;
Blessed is she who learned to mourn!
O for such a faith as Mary’s
Life that death cannot erase,
Greeting new-found brothers, sisters,
One in Christ for prayer and praise!


Suggested tunes:
Alleluia (Wesley)
Pleading Savior, In Babilone

2003 ©Christopher M Idle (Administered in the US and Canada by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Straeam, IL 60188.) All rights reserved. Used by permisssion