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Trisha Yearwood is relying on her faith to get her through one of the biggest challenges of her life Associated Press

When country music icon Trisha Yearwood uses phrases such as “freaking out” and “beyond nervous,” you know she has something weighing heavily on her mind.

And at the moment, that thing is in fact her upcoming role as Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the musical event “The Passion,” which will air live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20.

“When I said yes to being part of “The Passion,” I honestly was just thinking, ‘Oh, it’ll be really cool! This will be something really different to do,’” she said in a recent interview. “And then, over the course of the next couple of days, it really hit me – ‘You just agreed to be Mary, the mother of Jesus.’ And then total anxiety set in. And the only way that I have been able to wrap my head around it is to try to take myself out of it.”

Trisha also sat down with Today to discuss the role her hubby Garth Brooks is taking as she tackles one of the biggest professional challenges of her career.

“I have never done anything remotely like this,” Trisha says. “I’m really freaking out and I am beyond nervous. [Garth’s] nervous for me. He tells me he will be my support any way I want it. He told me, ‘If you want me to go to New Orleans and hold your hand, I will. If you don’t want me to, that’s OK too.’ I haven’t decided on that.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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