Coventry Carol: A Song For Our Time

“Since 1983, Americans have observed Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) as a day to celebrate the intrinsic value of all human life….

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is held on the Sunday in January that falls closest to the day on which the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973.”1

The Coventry Carol is both lullaby and lament, sung by the women of Bethlehem to their children before an enraged Herod had their babies slain. It was written in the sixteenth century for The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors in Coventry, England, This pageant told the story of the birth of Jesus, beginning with the Annunciation and ending with the killing of the little boys of Bethlehem.2

“Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.”

Remember those little ones—52,000,000—who have lost their lives. Pray for their mothers, their fathers and ask God to have mercy on us and grant our nation repentance.

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1Care Net
2Coventry Carol: The Hymns and Carols of Christmas.
Video by Lutevoice: Valeria Mignaco & Alfonso Marin, soprano-lute duo.
Statistic from LifeSiteNews:
As Roe anniversary approaches, dozens of pro-life rallies take place across U.S.

Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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