Mar 08

Mein Sohn, warum hast du uns das getan [My son, why did you do this to us?] (Luke 2:48-49 and Psalm 84:1-2,4) – Heinrich Schütz


William Holman Hunt - The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple.jpg

William Holman Hunt, The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple

Luke 2:48b-49b and Psalm 84:1-2,4

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

Mein Sohn, warum hast du uns das getan, SWV 401, composed by Heinrich Schütz, first published in Symphoniae sacrae III, Op. 12, no. 4 (1650)

Performed by Musica Fiata, Kammerchor Stuttgart

Choral Public Domain Library


Feb 29

Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir (Psalm 91:11-12) – Felix Mendelssohn


Psalm 91 Angel (Rae K. Hauck / CC BY-SA (

Psalm 91:11-12 [German]

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen, MWV B 53, composed by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), later made part of Elias/Elijah

Performed by VOCES8


Choral Public Domain Library


Feb 22

And I saw another angel (Revelation 7:2,3,9,10,12) – Charles Villiers Stanford

Trier Sankt Paulin BW 12Revelation 7:2,3,9,10,12

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

And I saw another angel, Op. 37, No. 1, composed by Charles Villiers Stanford

Performed by Duke Chapel Evensong Singers at Duke University


Choral Public Domain Library 

Mar 03

The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1-6) – Lennox Berkeley

Illustration from The Sunday at Home, 1880

Illustration from The Sunday at Home, 1880

Psalm 23:1-6

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The Lord Is My Shepherd, Op.91 No.1, composed in 1975 by Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)

Performed by Lincoln Cathedral Choir, directed by Colin Walsh