Thankworthy Suffering

Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, Not only to the good and gentle, But also to the perverse. For this is thankworthy: If for conscience toward God, A man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully. 1 Peter 2:17-19 St. Peter’s teaching that thoseContinue reading “Thankworthy Suffering”

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”

From the Son to the Father

I promised Dear Reader to say a bit more about Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), and Lent is a good time to keep promises unbroken. Besides, having a meditative listen to his version of Stabat Mater (tracks 13-30, lyrics here) is an excellent way to keep holy this Saturday in Passion Week. Scarlatti père is gifted inContinue reading “From the Son to the Father”

My Heart, My Sacrifice

Here is my heart, beloved Jesus, which worships your divinity! May my sacrifice please you: I know that none other can please you as much. Hier ist mein Herz, geliebter Jesu (music) Cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann, from the album Perpetuum Mobile, by the Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble (streaming, CD, digital). What do you think? Please comment, subscribe, &Continue reading “My Heart, My Sacrifice”