Sunday, 16 August 2015

We are learning a new waiata tira - Ka waiata

A popular Maori Catholic hymn venerating Mary, the mother of Jesus, for accepting her role as mother of future generations. 
It is also sung at non-Catholic gatherings to praise the role of all mothers as "Whare tangata."


Ka waiata ki a Maria
Hine i whakaae
Whakameatia mai
Te whare tangata.

Hine pūrotu
Hine ngākau
Hine rangimārie

Ko Te Whaea
Ko te whaea
O te ao

Let us sing to Mary,
The girl who said "Yes
let it be as you say, 
that I become
the house of mankind." 

A simple girl
A strong-hearted girl
A quiet girl.

The Mother of Jesus,
and the mother
of the whole world

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