Jan 21

Es gingen zweene Menschen hinauf [There were two people going up] (Luke 18:10-14) – Heinrich Schütz

English: The Pharisee and the Publican (Le pha...

English: The Pharisee and the Publican (Le pharisien et le publicain) by James Tissot, 1886-94, Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 18:10-14 [German]

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


Es gingen zweene Menschen hinauf, SWF 444, (c. 1630?), composed by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)


Performed by the choir of Salisbury Cathedral, directed by Richard Seal, with David Halls (organ)

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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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