Help Us Mary

by Betsy Alexander on August 3, 2015 · 5 comments


The official music video of my song featuring soloist, Donnie Hammond.

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“Help Us Mary”

Music and Lyrics by E A Alexander
Choral/Cello arrangement by Dan Martin
Recording produced by Dan Martin at Turtle Studios
Soloist:  Donnie Hammond
Inspired by Knotted Grotto by Meg Seligman

This song was inspired by artist Meg Saligman’s installation in honor of the Pope’s 2015 visit to Philadelphia, which is based on his favorite painting, Mary Untier or Undoer of Knots painted by Johann Melchoir Georg Schmittdner in 1700. For more information about this exciting project, visit


Click here for more info about the painting behind the inspiration.


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Kathryn Pannepacker August 18, 2015 at 1:22 pm



Clare Krishan August 29, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Do you have permission to publish the truely lovely lyrics ? Where could I request them or obtain permission to transcribe them? I have in mind to use it as an activity with home-bound elderly I visit regularly (I am in the habit of using song sheets to entertain them or subtitled YouTube clips) along with some sewing-bee style knot-tying to bring with the more mobile seniors on a visit to add to the grotto? ps FYI I shared your post via


armond September 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The song is wonderful as is the whole project.


Lauren September 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Congratulations, beautiful!


Gwendolyn L. Fryer December 6, 2020 at 7:43 pm

Really touches the heart. I love the music working together with the building of the sculpture. Amazing project.


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