Setting a Watch

Holy Saturday commemorates the day between our Lord’s brutal execution, and his glorious resurrection. From the rising of today’s sun, to the setting of the same, his precious body was separated from his human soul, such that he who is eternal Life truly experienced the deprivations of death. God, of course, cannot die, and suchContinue reading “Setting a Watch”

The Fruit of Redemption

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of meContinue reading “The Fruit of Redemption”

Earth Shall Not Be Desolate

Immisit Dominus pestilentiam is among the earliest surviving works of Jan Dismas Zelenka, dating from 1709. It was composed for Holy Week services at Prague’s Saint Salvator Church. In commemoration of the time between Christ’s arrest in the garden and his Resurrection on Easter morning, the Blessed Sacrament was removed from the main church andContinue reading “Earth Shall Not Be Desolate”

What Will You Give Me?

Then went one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, to the chief priests, and said to them: What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? But they appointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him (Mt. 26:14-16). Bleed now, loving heart! Ah!Continue reading “What Will You Give Me?”

Look Toward Him

One of those occasions when Jan Dismas Zelenka (remember him?) was permitted to shine was Good Friday of 1730. After a liturgy recounting the Passion of Christ according to St. John, the court was treated to Il Serpento di Bronzo, a cantata based on Chapter 21 of Numbers. Wandering in the desert, the people ofContinue reading “Look Toward Him”

Plentiful Redemption

Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice. Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it? For with thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of thy law, I have waited forContinue reading “Plentiful Redemption”

A Christmas Movie Diamond in the Rough

Our family is always on the lookout for films that are entertaining and suitable for adults and children. Recently, a generous friend loaned us his John Wayne Epic Collection. This magnificent set includes many classics, but we’ve also discovered a few gems previously unknown to us. Perhaps our favorite so far has been 3 Godfathers.Continue reading “A Christmas Movie Diamond in the Rough”