In an effort to find appropriate music for a Mary Magdalene celebration, we began with words from the Song of Songs, words that Mary would have known well:
All night I lay on my bed
I sought him whom my soul loves.
I sought him but did not find him.
I will arise now and make the rounds of the city
Through the streets and in the squares;
I will seek him whom my soul loves.
For love is strong as death,
Passion fierce as the grave.
It burns like a blazing fire,
Like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench Love.
Nor rivers sweep it away. (Song of Songs 3:1-2. 8:6-7a)
For a chant tone, we used the following:
Byzantine Tone 2 by Basil Kazan (1915-2001)
Embellished with grace notes like Syriac chanting, it invoked something very old. Not unlike, perhaps, what the original Mary might have sung in her day.
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