Mar 18

The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1-6) – Sir Charles V. Stanford

 

The Lord is my Good Shepherd

The Lord is my Good Shepherd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


The Lord is my shepherd (1886) composed by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)


Performed by The Choir of New College, Oxford / directed by Edward Higginbottom

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Dec 31

How beautiful upon the mountains (Isaiah 52:7) – John Stainer

English: Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)

English: Sir John Stainer (1840-1901) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!


How beautiful upon the mountains, composed by John Stainer (1840-1901)


Performed by Kampen Boys Choir (NL)

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Dec 10

Ecce Virgo concipiet [The virgin will conceive] (Isaiah 7:14) – William Byrd

 

The Annunciation by Eustache Le Sueur, an example of 17th-century Marian art. The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary her pregnancy with Jesus

The Annunciation by Eustache Le Sueur. The Angel Gabriel announces to Mary her pregnancy with Jesus. Image via Wikipedia

Isaiah 7:14 [Latin]

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


Ecce Virgo concipiet, from Gradualia, ac cantiones sacræ… Liber primus (2nd edition, 1610), vol.1 no.15. composed by William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

 


Performed by Chorus Salvatoris

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Dec 03

Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) – C.P.E. Bach

 

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc...

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry; the Magnificat in Latin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

English: Portrait von C.P.E.Bach

English: Portrait von C.P.E.Bach (credit: Wikipedia)

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.


MagnificatWq 215, H.772 (1749), by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)


Performed by Monteverdichor Würzburg

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