Psalm 91: 4 [Latin] – The Lord will overshadow thee with His shoulders, and under His wings thou shalt trust: His truth shall compass thee with a shield.

Original Latin:

Scapulis suis obumbrabit tibi Dominus et sub pennis ejus sperabis, scuto circumdabit te veritas ejus.

English: Allegoric painting by Mogens Christian Thrane in Sortebrødre Church, Viborg, Denmark. Text: He will cover you with his pinions and under his wings you will find refuge. (Psalm 91,4)
English: Allegoric painting by Mogens Christian Thrane in Sortebrødre Church, Viborg, Denmark. Text: He will cover you with his pinions and under his wings you will find refuge. (Psalm 91,4)

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“Scapulis suis.” 5-voice sacred music offertory composed by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1524-1594)

Offertoria: Scapulis suis

Performed by Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

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Genesis 3: 19b [Latin] – [Remember O Man] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Original Latin:

Memento homo, quod cinis es, et in cinerem reverteris.

Ashes imposed on the forehead of a Christian on Ash Wednesday
Ashes imposed on the forehead of a Christian on Ash Wednesday

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“Memento homo,” a 6-voice, sacred motet composed by William Byrd (1539-1623), and first published in Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur, no. 18 (1575)

Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner

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Psalm 31: 16-17a [Latin] – Make thy face to shine upon thy servant, and save me in thy mercy; O Lord, let me not be confounded, for I have called upon thee.

Original Latin:

Illumina faciem tuam super servum tuum, et salvum me fac in misericordia tua: Domine, non confundar, quoniam invocavi te.

Portrait of Carlo Gesualdo
Portrait of Carlo Gesualdo

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“Illumina faciem tuam,” a 5-voice sacred motet composed by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), first published in Sacrae cantiones I, no. 18 (1603)

Psalm 31 Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613): Illumina faciem tuam für fünfstimmig gemischten Chor a cappella

Sung by sirventes berlin

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Psalm 143: 1-2 [German]Hear my prayer,Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Original German text:

Herr, erhöre mein Gebet, vernimm mein Flehen um deiner Treue willen, erhöre mich um deiner Gerechtigkeit willen, und geh nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht; denn vor dir ist kein Lebendiger gerecht.

The seventh penitential psalm of Martin Luther, translated into German and printed in Wittenberg (1525)
The seventh penitential psalm of Martin Luther, translated into German and printed in Wittenberg (1525) – Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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“Herr, erhöre mein Gebet,” Op. 63, no. 2, for SATB choir, composed by Johann Christian Friedrich Schneider (1786-1853).

Psalm 143: Friedrich Schneider (1786-1853): Herr, erhöre mein Gebet für Chor a cappella

Sung by sirventes berlin, conducted by Stefan Schuck

Sheet music available for purchase at Carus-Verlag