I read a newspaper and was met with a delightful surprise. One of the hymns from Lebanese diva Fairuz' Good Friday album is played in the Passion. http://www.aramusic.com/htmls/vdl516.htm
It is the first one, 'I am the Sorrowful Mother'. I knew this film would not be complete without this very crucial element. You will hear Fairuz singing part of the score as you watch the film.
The hymn proceeds, "I am the Sorrowful Mother. And who consoles her? So let be thy Son's death life to its requesters (those who request it)."
I am only sorry he did not choose 'El Yom Olliqua' (the sixth on the list), 'Today was Hung on a Tree'. Unfortunately, it was not chosen by Gibson. By the way, this hymn I am talking about is the very same one that was profaned by Madonna in her song 'Erotica'.
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