Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Lauren and I were talking the other night about hidden meanings.
We started reading religious (specifically Christian) connotations into various Nursery Rhymes.
These connotations, at least for the most part, are not actually there in the Rhyme.
Saying that, some of them sounded convincing, at least to us.
To Lauren, at this point, I'd like to say that I've changed some of the interpretations that we discussed to make them sound slightly more plausible.

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.
[Mary, Our Lady, gave birth to Jesus who in true humility (littleness) became the Spotless Lamb for us]
Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went;
Everywhere that Mary went, that lamb was sure to go.
[Mary leads us always to Christ. That is to say, wherever Mary is venerated (hyperdulia), Our Lord will necessarily be adored (latria)]
It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day;
It followed her to school one day: it was against the rules.
[Even in Cahtolic schools and institutions who use Our Lady's name and are under Her patronage, it is often politically incorrect to mention Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the one to whom she leads.]



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