Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Slightly Re-written Carols

For those of you who may find yourselves at celebrations where Christmas carols are being sung and would like to slip in some words which you think are more appropriate to your present beliefs, here are some re-written carols from my book She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother by Judith Laura. I wrote the adaptations in 1988. If your beliefs/tradition so inclines you, feel free to substitute "child" or "sun" for "son" and substitute "her" for "him" or delete "him" and extend the previous word.

Silent Night
Silent night, holy night, all is dark, yet it's bright
'Round Our Great Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in Our Mother's peace
Sleep in Our Mother's peace.

Joy to the World
Joy to the world
Her son is born
Let Earth welcome her child
Let every heart
Prepare him room
And all of nature sing
And all of nature sing
And all, and all of nature sing.

O Come All Ye Faithful
O come all ye faithful, joyful and enduring
Come ye, O come ye to this holy place.
Come and behold him,
born of Our Great Mother
O come let us admire him (repeat twice)
Our Mother's Son.

~From "Winter Solstice Ritual" in She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, copyright 1989, 1999, 2010. Used with permission.

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At Wednesday, December 22, 2010 7:16:00 PM, Blogger Joel Monka said...

This sort of thing drives me up a wall. If you don't like a given hymn or carol, write your own or do the minimal Googling necessary to find existing songs you can agree with. We had a wonderful Solstice celebration, with seven sing along tunes and seven choir sung ones, and not one was a bowdlerized Christian carol.

At Wednesday, December 22, 2010 8:18:00 PM, Blogger Hecate said...

Love them! Just want to say that your blog is a "must-visit" for me. Thanks so much for all you do for those of us called to the Goddess!


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