SATB divisi and Organ, with optional String Quintet
Charles Thatcher's charming, gentle tune is an apt vehicle for the text exploring the relationship between Christ and his mother. Each stanza is followed by an interlude—a traditional hymn reflecting a key moment in salvation history (Birth, Passion, and Resurrection). This celebration of Mary is fitting for liturgy or concert and is also successful when one or more of the interludes are omitted. Optional parts for string quartet. The choral writing is satisfying, with some divisi parts; the interlude hymns are presented in their original language as well as English.