Mater Dei

by Susan Bailey

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"Mater Dei" is a gentle album, as befits the Blessed Virgin Mary, the subject of the music. A combination of Susan’s own compositions and familiar Catholic hymns, the entire CD pays tribute to the Mother of God.

Susan’s rendition of “Hail, Holy Queen” has a light beat added to the old hymn, and stands out as one of three tracks on the album performed entirely by Susan—vocal leads and harmonies, and all instrumentation.

Susan’s music can be somewhat deceiving as one listens to "Come Into His Presence": There is a temptation to think of her as limited to lilting, pleasant melodies; this misconception is shattered as one progresses through the tracks, witnessing her haunting vibrato on some, and enthusiastic exhortation on others.

In four of Susan’s own songs, "Come Into His Presence," "Immaculate Mantle," "Take Joy in Me," and "Wait With Me," she sings in the first person, from the perspective of Our Lady, a technique that can touch the heart as one envisions Mary telling us, "Don’t despair, oh my little child. Your mother still loves you!"

Franz Schubert based his "Ave Maria" upon a popular tune of his day, and in retrospect, he disliked the finished product. Today, the pop songs fade but "Ave Maria" has withstood the test of time. Not everyone can sing it, though many make the attempt. Susan is successful, adding multi-tracked vocal harmonies and countermelodies, along with a subtle 3/4 beat.

In an age of widespread indifference, it’s refreshing to witness a bold, unashamed tribute to Our Blessed Mother.

--Paul Sadet, Relevant Radio® 1330 WLOL


released August 26, 2016

Vocals, guitars, recorder by Susan Bailey. All songs composed by Susan Bailey unless otherwise noted. Thanks to Zabrocki Digital and Crossed Hearts Studios for production assistance.



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Susan Bailey Grafton, Massachusetts

Susan Bailey is a singer/songer & author whose writing appears regularly in The Catholic Free Press & She has sung on CatholicTV, EWTN and at World Youth Day 2002. Susan maintains two blogs: Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion. She is the author of two books, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message. ... more

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Track Name: Come Into His Presence
(based on readings #80, #111 from To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons by Don Stefano Gobbi.
© 2000 Susan W. Bailey)

Come into the presence of Jesus, my Son
Enter through your Mother’s heart
He beckons you, oh come!

Come, lay down your brokenness
Bring it now to be healed
Resting in your mother’s arms
Where His love is revealed

You think only of your faults
You feel little and poor
Oh don’t you know your love’s enough
For me, and for Jesus, our Lord?

Come into His presence now
He beckons you, oh come
Oh come, oh come!
Track Name: Hail Holy Queen
Hail holy Queen enthroned above
Oh Maria
Hail mother of Mercy and of Love
Oh Maria

Triumph all ye cherubim
Sing with us ye seraphim
Heaven and Earth, resound the hymn

Salve, salve, salve Regina

Our life, our sweetness here below
Oh Maria
Our hope in sorrow and in woe
Oh Maria

And when our life's breath leaves us
Oh Maria
Show us thy Son Christ Jesus
Oh Maria
Track Name: Immaculate Mantle
Under My Immaculate Mantle
(based on reading #194 from To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons by Don Stefano Gobbi.
© 2000 Susan W. Bailey)

Under my Immaculate Mantle
Come together as children, be as one
Under my Immaculate Mantle
Come together, oh children, be as one

Let me pour my balm upon you
Let me heal your deepest wounds
Let me touch you, let me love you
Into the heart of Christ Jesus

Let me be a mother to you
Be a child that I can hold
Let me take you into the temple
Of the heart of Christ Jesus

Come, be little, come, be fragile
For you least I love the most
Take my hand and let us journey
Into the heart of Christ Jesus
Track Name: Take Joy in Me
Take Joy in Me
(based on readings #83 and #89 of To the Priests by Don Stefano Gobbi)

Take joy in me, find peace, be free
In the refuge of my Immaculate Heart
Seek shelter there from all despair
Take your rest in the care of my Heart

Yes, the storms they are raging
And they want to do you harm
Run to me, oh my children!
Run into my arms!

Though you may have been wounded
Though you fell or were untrue
Don’t despair, oh my little child
You mother still loves you!

When throughout the world
You will see a new birth of Jesus
In the heart and soul
Track Name: Immaculate Mary
Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing.
You reign now in Heaven with Jesus our King.

Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

In Heaven the blessed your glory proclaim;
On earth we your children invoke your sweet name.

We pray for our Mother, the Church upon earth,
And bless, Holy Mary, the land of our birth.
Track Name: Wait with Me
WAIT WITH ME (Susan Bailey)
based on readings #462, #484 and #508 of To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons by Don Stefano Gobbi. © 2000 Susan W. Bailey

Beloved child, enter in this mystery
This blessed time as we wait for the Holy Son
Come inside of my immaculate heart
And wait with me, oh wait for Him to come!

Come feel my sigh of expectation
The spark of love, the moan of desire
As I wait now in labor
With a love that burns like fire

The nightime comes and darkness swallows
The fading light, the end of day
And yet His light envelopes me
In His ecstasy, His way

Prepare your hearts now for this moment
In quiet solitude and song
And let the tranquil peace of soul
Mark the passage of night to dawn
Track Name: Room in Our Hearts
(based on Luke 1:26-35, © 2000 Susan W. Bailey)

She was a child
She was barely a woman, and of humble means
When he would appear
Bringing messages from her God unseen
‘Blessed are you among all womankind!
The Lord is with you,
And His favor, daughter, you will find.’

She was afraid
But the angel assured her and told her thus
‘You will conceive
And this child of the Most High you will call Jesus.
The Spirit will come, He will plant the seed.’
She said, ‘Let it be done,
I’m His servant now, so let it be!’

She said ‘yes’ to the Lord for she had found His favor
And she trusted in Him, now she would bear the Saviour
She found room in her heart, putting her fears behind her
By trusting in God, she was to bear the Saviour

Yes, she believed
And a manger provided a birthing place
Soon He was born
And His mother was first to see His Holy Face
And by her ‘yes’ she was key to His birth
She can hold and caress
This child of heaven and of earth

We can believe just as Mary once did
And we can receive our Saviour now as she once did

Making room in our hearts, putting our fears behind us
Saying ‘yes’ to the Lord, He can be born within us

Making room in our hearts, listening as He calls us
And trusting in Him, we can receive the Lord Jesus
Track Name: Promised Son
PROMISED SON (Susan Bailey) (© 2000 Susan W. Bailey)

A cold, dark night, a glistening star shining bright from afar
Upon the man whose wife would soon
Bear a child from her womb

In poverty, in a manger stall no one came to help at all
The cold, dark night felt colder still
From hearts so hard, and lack of good will

And here was born the promised Son
Jesus Christ, the Holy One

The pain was great, her labor long
She wondered how she could be strong
Yet in her heart she felt no fear
For the child would soon appear

Onto the straw which made his bed
His mother laid His precious head
The fragile babe was heard to cry
She held Him closely to her side

And here was born the promised Son
Jesus Christ, the Holy One

Glory to our God for His Son has come down
Made the least of all that the poor and just be found

The shepherds came there to adore
The tiny baby which she had bore
And three great kings did humbly kneel
Their wonder they could not conceal

This tender child, the promised Son
Jesus Christ, the Holy One
Track Name: Ave Maria
AVE MARIA (Franz Shubert)

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena

Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus

Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis, Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus

Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria