Aug 21

The woman with the alabaster box (Matthew 26:6-13) – Arvo Pärt

English: Ballum church. Painting at the high a...

English: Ballum church. Painting at the high altar ( 17th century ): Anointing of Jesus Deutsch: Pfarrkirche Ballum. Gemälde am Hochaltar ( 17.Jhdt. ): Maria Magdalena salbt Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 26:6-13

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.


The woman with the alabaster box, composed in 1997 by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)


Performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Theatre of Voices, Pro Arte Singers and Paul Hillier

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Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Bible, St Matthew 26, 6-13. World Premiere: in Karlstad Cathedral Karlstad / Sweden by the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble. With Standard notation. Duration 7 minutes. Universal Edition #UE031127. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE031127).

Aug 14

Laboravi in gemitu meo [I am weary with my groaning] (Psalm 6:6) – Martin Peerson

Psalm 6:6

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.


Laboravi in gemitu meo, composed by Martin Peerson (c1572-1651)


Performed by Contrapunctus

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Aug 07

Vox in Rama [A voice was heard in Ramah] (Matthew 2:18, Jeremiah 31:15) – Giaches de Wert

Rachel is weeping for her children, 14th century fresco from Marko's Monastery.

Rachel is weeping for her children, 14th century fresco from Marko’s Monastery.

Matthew 2:18, citing Jeremiah 31:15

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.


Vox in Rama, from Il Secondo Libro de Motetti a Cinque Voci, 1581, composed by Giaches de Wert (1535-1596)


Performed by Currende

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Jul 31

Cry aloud and spare not (Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3) – John Blow

John Blow

John Blow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.


Cry aloud and spare not,1683 verse anthem composed by John Blow (1649-1708)


Performed by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge · Academy of St. Martin in the Fields · Sir David Willcocks

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