Roll the Stone Away

"Where God enlightens, bless the light"

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: CHILLIWACK

Lyrics as Poetry

Where God enlightens, bless the light—
roll the stone away.
Whom God has called, let no one slight—
roll the stone away.
Stand up, Mary!
You are a Priest and Prophet!
Tell us the good news—
the stone must roll away.Where Church tradition gags and binds,
roll the stone away.
Where words exclude and bias blinds,
roll the stone away.
Stand up, Mary!
Daughter of ancient wisdom!
Tell of your suffering
to roll the stone away.Where men entomb the truth of Christ,
roll the stone away;
where women’s worth is underpriced,
roll the stone away.
Stand up, Mary!
Yours is the power also!
Cry out injustice
and roll the stone away.The myrrh and spices that you brought,
(roll the stone away)
may now anoint new life, new thought,
roll the stone away.
Stand up, Mary!
Come, bring your sisters, brothers:
sing resurrection—
the stone is rolled away!


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA


Audio Sample

ROLL THE STONE AWAY
One Verse
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture References

  • Matthew 28:1-2
  • Mark 16:1-4
  • Mark 16:9-10
  • Luke 24:1-2
  • Luke 24:1-10
  • Luke 24:10
  • John 20:1-2
  • John 20:18

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Easter
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Prophets, Prophecy
  • Tradition∶  freedom from tradition
  • Women

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