Meet Me In Galilee
DESCRIPTION: The leader sings a line such as "Tell me Mary." "One morning soon." "Just roll the stone away." "Tell my disciples"; the congregation sings "Ay, Lord." Leader: "If you want to see me"; Congregation: "Meet me in Galilee."
EARLIEST DATE: 1964 (USSeaIsland01)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad Bible Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
James Mackey and the Moving Star Hall Singers, "Meet Me In Galilee" (on USSeaIsland01)
NOTES: The current description is based on the USSeaIsland01 text. - BS
The references are to the resurrection scene of Jesus. The earliest account is that in Mark 16, in which two Marys and Salome go to Jesus's tomb, asking each other who will roll the stone away (Mark 16:3). But the stone is already rolled away (16:4). A young man in the tomb, who tells the women (16:7) "Go tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee." This is closely paralleled in Matthew 28:1-7; the account in Luke 24 is very different and does not include a summons to Galilee; the account in John 20 also involves Mary Magdalene but has Peter and company brought by her to the tomb. Thus the source of this hymn must be either Matthew or Mark, although I suspect a little influence from John also. - RBW
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