TRUMBULL—Parishioners at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull were comforted yesterday when they heard this beautiful hymn, “Hear, Holy Mother, ” written by Anna Bendiksen, a parishioner of St. Catherine’s.
The sung prayer asks the Blessed Mother’s intercession for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. The text is set to the hymn tune CHRISTE SANCTORUM.
The hymn alludes to the passage in the Book of Revelation which speaks of “a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev. 12:1). The Latin word for “crown” is “corona,” so this prayer, set to music, invokes the one who wears the “corona” of twelve stars to intercede for all who are affected by the pandemic, and to bring a swift end to it.
The hymn is sung by Kristen Smith Gionfriddo, Soprano, and accompanied by organist Dr. William Atwood, Director of Music at St. Catherine’s.