Learn Calypso Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The video features a cover of the 'Calypso Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary,' a song learned from a Trinidadian friend, which has been enjoyed in singing assemblies with schoolchildren. The song includes actions made up by pupils from the singer's school. It's a lively rendition with a ukulele, celebrating various titles of Mary in a litany format, such as 'Mother of Good Counsel,' 'Health of the Sick,' and 'Queen of Heaven.' The refrain joyfully proclaims, 'My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices,' capturing the essence of Mary's Magnificat.

Questions for further discussion and reflection
  1. How does the incorporation of calypso music, a genre originating from Trinidad, into a liturgical song like 'Calypso Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary' enhance the experience of worship and reflection on Mary's role in Christian faith?
  2. Reflecting on the various titles of Mary mentioned in the song, such as 'Mother of Good Counsel' and 'Health of the Sick,' how do these titles relate to the different aspects of Mary's role in Christian theology and personal devotion?
  3. Considering the use of music and action in engaging schoolchildren with religious themes, what are some effective ways to introduce and teach religious concepts to younger audiences through music and other creative forms of expression?

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