Sep 25

In illo tempore postquam consummati sunt [At that time, when it was] (Luke 2:21) – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

English: The New Testament relates how after h...

English: The New Testament relates how after his birth, Jesus was circumcised according to Jewish tradition (Luke 2: 21). The Circumcision about 1500, Workshop of Giovanni Bellini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 2:21

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


In illo tempore postquam consummati sunt (Cantiones Sacrae, 1619, No 22), composed by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)


Performed by Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam

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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 03

Nigra sum [I am black] (Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a) – Pablo Casals

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the inc...

The Black Madonna of Tindari, sporting the incsription NIGRA SUM SED FORMOSA. Tindari Madonna Bruna: restoration work in the 1990s found a medieval statue with later additions. Nigra sum sed formosa , meaning “I am black but beautiful” (from the Song of Songs, 1:5), is inscribed round a newer base. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 1:4-5; 2:10b-12a

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;


Nigra sum (1943), composed by Pablo Casals (1876-1973)


Performed by The Georgia Boy Choir

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Jun 15

Haec dicit Dominus [Thus saith the Lord] (Jeremiah 31:15-17) – William Byrd

William Byrd - c.1540-1623.

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

Jeremiah 31:15-17 [Latin]

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

16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.


Haec dicit Dominus from Cantiones sacrae II (1591), nos. 13-14, composed by William Byrd (1540-1623)


Performed by Quire Cleveland, dir. Ross W. Duffin

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