Little Lamb Music has produced another winning CD with Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsas Maria Liguori, led by Father Pablo Straub, C.S.s.R. Those who have ever heard the voice of this widely popular Redemptorist priest know the story. Fr. Straub., a favorite on EWTN, is a storyteller, "par excellence," and he brings his great talent to this CD.
However, the major point of interest of Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori is that all the music, lyrics, meditations and text are by St. Alphonsus, taken from several of his written works. Fr. Straub’s deep, passionate voice brings rich emotion to the words of the saint. A perfect backdrop of strings and melodic voices accompany the narration.
Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsas Maria Liguori starts with the song, "Aspirations to Maria." The instruments and voices create a holy, reverential atmosphere, perfect for contemplating the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Fr. Straub then offers unique "short stories" on each of these Seven Sorrows, and the listener is led through the prayers that accompany each sorrow.
Fr. Straub interjects the phrase, "Oh my Mother, enable my heart to share your sorrow for the death of your Son." This beautiful CD will enable the listener to do just that - allowing one's own heart to "accompany" Blessed Mother Mary through Her Seven Sorrows.
You can purchase "Praying the Seven Sorrows of Mary with St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori" through Little Lamb Music at www.littlelambmusic.com.
Reviewed by Annie Karto
About the Author
Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.