“If anyone knew Jesus was virgin born, it was Mary and her silence at the cross is proof, I think, that her story was indeed true.”

Mark Lowry crafted the lyrics of a song that’s become a Christmas favorite on par with White Christmas and Silent Night.

The prose of Mary, Did You Know? ignites imaginations with some of the deepest mysteries of Christmas.

Lowry’s mother, Bev, gave him the spark of his original idea.


Mark says, “I just tried to put into words the unfathomable. I started thinking of the questions I would have for her if I were to sit down & have coffee with Mary.”

He wondered if Mary realized the tiny hands of her infant were the same hands that scooped out oceans & formed rivers.

Did she know that “the blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again, the lame will leap, the mute will speak?”

Did she understand that “When you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God?”


Christmas, at its core, is a celebration of the Incarnation.

We are reminded that the baby to whom Mary gave birth would walk on water, heal the broken, and save us.

Mary’s baby boy is “Lord of all creation” and, in fact, “the great I AM.”

Jesus entered our reality in order to save us, to make us new, to heal us, and to die for us as heaven’s perfect Saviour.

Need some inspiration? Turn up the volume and listen to the “Pentatonix” version of Mary Did You Know?”

“Mary, Did You Know?” lyrics by Mark Lowry, music by Buddy Greene. Copyright © 1991, 1993 Word Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.), Rufus Music (Admin. by Gaither Copyright Management).

QUESTION: What’s your favorite Christmas song? Please leave a comment below. Merry Christmas.

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  • CD Mayo says:

    This is my absolute favorite Christmas song and I truly love every version. I first heard the Michael English version on a Christmas trip with my family but I have to say I’ve moved onto Kenny Rogers version and then I listened to the Pentatonix version above. Now I have a NEW favorite.

    I also adore a similar song by Todd Agnew where he asks what Jesus knew growing up called “Did you know?” On his Christmas album “Do You a See What I See?”

    Can’t wait for part two. 🙂

  • Anita says:

    This is a favourite in our house!! The group Pentatonix is one of my favourites, and I was so excited when I saw that they recorded Mary Did You Know on their new Christmas album. I’ve probably listened to it more than 30 times already this season. This song is a perfect blend of Christmas and worship music. (John Cameron’s solo version was probably the first time I heard the song and I fell in love with it during the Tree)

  • bob jones says:

    Jocelyn introduced me to the Pentatonix version of the song. Powerful words in a profound setting. Glad we share an enjoyment of the same song. Merry Christmas!

  • bob jones says:

    I am listening for familiar Christmas songs that may have an unknown story behind them. Glad I could introduce you to the sounds of Pentatonix.

    Part deux coming soon.

    Merry Christmas.

  • adena lowry says:

    It’s interesting to see the thought behind the songs and to know the story that started the process.
    Robert Fulghum (the author of “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten”) wrote a story about the author of Jingle Bells, John Pierpont in his book entitled, “It was on fire when I lay down on it”. It is an inspiring story about persevering and concentrating on what’s important. The link to the story is below:


  • bob jones says:

    Thanks Adena for the link. That’s a great story about Pierpont. I could have made that a part of my series…and still may.

  • Barbara Skelton says:

    I love this song.the group on Tuesday at Seniors sang it with great anointing.sometimes Mothers see great potential as they cradle their beautiful babies.But Mary’s insights by the Spirit we will have to wait to discover.

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