Hata Maria


The Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand is gearing up to celebrate the rededication our country to Our Lady of the Assumption this coming August 15th at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington which will become the National Shrine of Our Lady on that day. A special artwork has been commissioned by the Bishops which will tour the country and on the feast of Annunciation be installed at St Mary's.


I wrote a song to connect with this event and it is my hope that it becomes a song of pilgrimage.

The words are below and the song can be heard and downloaded from the Website

www.tearaamaria.nz which contains information about the rededication and other resources to celebrate this occasion.


Hata Maria


Mary, gather us as one (Awe Maria)

From your place in heaven united with your Son (inoi koe mo matou, Maria)

Mary, in this holy shrine (Awe Maria)

Touch the hearts of pilgrims

And touch this heart of mine (Hata Maria)


Your journey into heaven

We revere and we rejoice

Recall the dedication long ago

Under your protection

We are proud to raise our voice

Keep us safe forever in your love


Mary, gather us as one (Awe Maria)

From your place in heaven united with your Son (inoi koe mo matou, Maria)

Mary, in this holy shrine (Awe Maria)

Touch the hearts of pilgrims

And touch this heart of mine (Hata Maria)


Our people and our country

From the North unto the South

These islands and these waters we call home

Knowing that you’re with us

Gives us hope and the way through

We see the light of Christ alive in you


Mary……….


Instrumental


Mary…………end with Hata Maria, Hata Maria, Hata Maria.


(Song composed by Chris Skinner SM for National Shrine of Our Lady at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington, August 15th, 2021, commemorating the Dedication of Aotearoa/New Zealand

to Our Lady of the Assumption by Bishop Pompallier on January 13th 1838)


You can listen to the new song, 'Hata Maria' (St Mary) during this coming week as we prepare to celebrate the feast of the Assumption and the rededication of our country to Mary under this title. Copy and paste the link below to hear the song and to download a copy for yourself if you wish.

https://www.tearaamaria.nz/celebrate#hata-maria

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