Jan 02

Prepare ye the way of the Lord (Isaiah 40:3-9) – Michael Wise

Isaiah 40:3-9

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!


Prepare ye the way of the Lord, composed by Michael Wise (1648-1687)


As performed by the Kampen boys Choir

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Feb 11

Vox Dicentis: Clama [A voice said: Cry] (Isaiah 40:6-11) – Edward Woodall Naylor

 

York Minster church as seen from across the st...

York Minster church as seen from across the street, York, England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 40:6-11 [Latin]

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.


Vox Dicentis: Clama, composed in 1911 by Edward Woodall Naylor (1867-1934)


Performed by The Choir of York Minster, under the direction of Robert Sharpe and accompanied by David Pipe

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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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