Mary Goes to Jesus

Free audio download on SoundCloud.
[This piece is available on all streaming platforms.]

Mary Goes to Jesus is the most solemn and exquisite piece of music from The Passion of the Christ. It is also from the most poignant scene:

The Apostle John, takes Mary to a better vantage point to possibly see, touch, and speak with Jesus as he carries the 165lb cross through Jerusalem. Mary protectively runs to a stumbled Jesus, where he says to her, “See, mother, I make all things new.” The scene is heart wrenching, as Jesus is momentarily distilled from Christ — to Mary’s child.

John Debney’s score was nominated for an academy award in 2004.

You might also like to play…

Braveheart: A Gift of Thistle (love theme) fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Mary Magdalene (2018) | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

1917: Wayfaring Stranger | fingerstyle guitar + TAB

Gear used

For Mary Goes to Jesus, I used my Cordoba C7 guitar. You can find a list of my current gear here.

My music

You can find this performance on Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music, and all streaming services:

Mary Goes to Jesus on Spotify

Mary Goes to Jesus on Apple

The Intellimusica Spotify Playlist: Ethereal & Cinematic Guitar
Deep cuts from artists like Gustavo Santaolalla, Hans Zimmer, Jeff Buckley, and Radiohead – combine to create a heady flow of music for focus, meditation, and self-reflection. This is a Guitar focused (but not exclusive) playlist that elicits the emotional, captivating quality of modern film scores.

How to play Mary Goes to Jesus | fingerstyle guitar

(Resources: learn more about Premium Memberships here. Get my weekly posts right to your inbox.)

To date, I believe this guitar arrangement is my finest work. I always strive for elegance; a perfect crossroads of simplicity and grace. It’s a beautiful piece of music, and I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I do. The guitar tab is available below:

The guitar tab is two pages long and played straight through. You’ll take care to repeat the section between the (repeat) brackets on page 2. I would characterize Mary Goes to Jesus as perfect for intermediate guitar players. All of the chord shapes are relatively easy to play.

The Passion of the Christ: Mary Goes to Jesus | fingerstyle guitar

Mary Goes to Jesus is played in an open E Minor style tuning — with a capo on the second fret. You’ll tune your guitar like this, from low to high: D A D F A D. Then you’ll put a capo on the 2nd fret.

Written by:

Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.