Musical offering for the second Sunday of Advent

December 8, 2019

English translation:

A spotless rose is blowing,
Sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seers’ foreshowing,
Of Jesse promised fruit;
Its fairest bud unfolds to light
Amid the cold, cold winter,
And in the dark midnight.

The rose which I am singing,
Whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing
In Mary, purest maid;
Through God’s great love and might
The blessed babe she bore us
In a cold, cold winter’s night.

Face the music, part three

December 5, 2019

Yet another century-spanning polyphonic musical medley from Grant Woolard.

Musical offering for the first Sunday of Advent

December 1, 2019

Sunday musical offering

November 24, 2019

Wide, worn and weathered,
Sacred expanse
Of green and white and granite grey;
Snowy patches strewn,
Anchored to the craggy earth,
While clouds dance

Across the vast, eternal sky.

Sunday musical offering

November 17, 2019

Cantate Domino canticum novum,
cantate et benedicite nomini eius,
quia mirabilia fecit.
Cantate et exultate et psallite 
in cithara et voce psalmi,
quia mirabilia fecit.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
sing and praise His name, 
for He has done marvellous things.
Sing and rejoice and give praise
in songs with the harp and the voice,
for He has done marvelous things. 

Happy birthday, Ennio

November 10, 2019

In honor of the birthday of Italian conductor and composer Ennio Morricone (b. 1928), here is “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission, performed by the Chamber Orchestra of New York.

Sunday musical offering

November 3, 2019

O love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thy ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O joy that seeks me through the pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

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