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

Comments About Song

Comments by SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY
from her books
“Every Day in Your Spirit” (#30) and
“Faith Makes the Song” (#46):

The message conveyed by Shirley in her comments about this title in each of these books is essentially the same. However, each has a little nugget not contained in the other, so I chose to quote both books. RK


From “Every Day in Your Spirit”: “By 1996, I would have hoped (perhaps naively) that this sort of protest was no longer necessary. But for many women, it seems still relevant. This was written in 1989, to continue the Easter theme of the Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women.”


From “Faith Makes the Song”: Written to continue the Easter theme of the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women, this is a song of liberation, still necessary for many women in the world Church.”


Every Day in Your Spirit
and
Faith Makes the Song

are published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL 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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