Leaping with the Lord

Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping over the hills. Canticle of Canticles 2:8 In the midst of Passiontide, during which we contemplate our Lord’s sacrifice of the human nature he had adopted thirty-three years (and nine months) prior, we pause to celebrate the joyful day that made that sacrifice possible. By the AnnunciationContinue reading “Leaping with the Lord”

Behold Upon the Mountains!

Behold upon the mountains The feet of him who brings good tidings, And who preaches peace. Nahum 1:15 Dietrich Buxtehude’s adaptation of a medieval hymn, itself the fruit of devotional meditation on Scripture, invites us with its exquisite beauty to contemplate the good tidings of our salvation, and the manner in which it has beenContinue reading “Behold Upon the Mountains!”

Let Us Sing in Exaltation!

Or nous dites Marie, music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier Let us sing, I pray you, In exaltation, In honor of Mary, Full of great renown: That all the human race Might be saved from danger, A message was conveyed To the precious Virgin. Mary was appointed By predestination To be born Of royal lineage. Now tellContinue reading “Let Us Sing in Exaltation!”