May 28

Vigilate [Watch] (Mark 13:35-37) – William Byrd

William Byrd - c.1540-1623.

William Byrd – c.1540-1623. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark 13:35-37 [Latin]

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Vigilate (from Cantiones sacrae I1589) composed by William Byrd (1540-1623)

Performed by The Tallis Scholars


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May 21

Richte mich, Gott [Vindicate me, O God] (Psalm 43:1-5) – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait...

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait by Edward Magnus 1846 Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Portrait von Edward Magnus 1846 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 43:1-5 [German]

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Richte mich, Gott, Op. 78, No. 2, composed in 1844 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Performed by Ensemble Vocalitas Nova


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May 07

Versa est in luctum [My harp also is turned to mourning] (Job 30:31, 7:16) – Alonso Lobo

English: Portrait of Alonso Lobo. Español: Ret...

English: Portrait of Alonso Lobo. Español: Retrato de Alonso Lobo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Job 30:31, 7:16 [Latin]

31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity.

Versa est in luctum (1602), composed by Alonso Lobo (1555-1617)

Performed by The Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir


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Apr 30

Super flumina Babylonis [By the rivers of Babylon] (Psalm 137:1) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Kupferstich von Ferdinand Ruscheweyh nach eine...

Kupferstich von Ferdinand Ruscheweyh nach einem Gemälde Eduard von Bendemanns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 137:1-2 [Latin]

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

Super flumina Babylonis (1581), composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Performed by The Choir of Saint Luke’s Ordinariate Parish, Washington DC


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