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Q. 1. What can you tell me about the song, "Mary, did you know?" Can it be used in the Catholic Church?

A. 1. The lyrics to the popular Christmas carol “Mary, Did You Know?”, were written by a Protestant songwriter by the name of Mark Lowry. It is a beautiful song that wonders whether Mary knew in advance about the way that her son’s life would unfold. The part that could possibly be construed as “un-Catholic” is the verse that asks Mary:

“Did you know that your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
The Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.”

As Catholics, we believe in the Immaculate Conception, that Mary was conceived without sin and remained sinless throughout her entire life. Because of that, some might look at the above verse and think that it goes against Catholic teaching. After all, if Mary is sinless, she would not need her Son’s deliverance.

As a general rule, it is not appropriate for Catholics to use Protestant songs in its liturgy when the Church has a treasure of songs to choose from with the assurance that such songs will not endanger the faith of its members.

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