Oct 09

Beati estis [Blessed are you] (Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23) – Peter Philips


Beatitudes-sermon-on-mount (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23 [Latin]

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

Beati estis, composed by Peter Philips (1560/1-1628)

Performed by Middelburgs Chamber Choir


SATB/SATB choir and organ. Composed by Peter Philips (1560-1628). Choral. Octavo. Published by Stainer & Bell Ltd. (ST.Y99).


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Aug 28

Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel [Our Father, who art in heaven] (Matthew 6:9-13) – Christian Geist

The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...

The Lord’s Prayer (1886-1896) from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 6:9-13 [German]

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel, composed by Christian Geist (c1640-1711)

Performed by L’armonia Sonora, Santiago Cumplido


MP3: Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel


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


MP3: The Woman With the Alabaster Box


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 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


MP3: Il secondo libro de motetti: Vox in rama


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