Feb 06

Vox clamantis in deserto [The voice of one crying in the wilderness] (Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23; Isaiah 40:3) – Juan Esquivel

St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Mattia Preti

St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Mattia Preti

Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23; Isaiah 40:3 [Latin]

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


Vox clamantis in deserto, by Juan Esquivel (c. 1560 – after 1625)

Performed by the Choristers of the Schola Cantorum of Tewkesbury Abbey, with The Gesualdo Six

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May 28

Vigilate [Watch] (Mark 13:35-37) – William Byrd

William Byrd - c.1540-1623.

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

Mark 13:35-37 [Latin]

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.


Vigilate (from Cantiones sacrae I1589) composed by William Byrd (1540-1623)


Performed by The Tallis Scholars

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Apr 09

Dum transisset Sabbatum [When the Sabbath was past] (Mark 16:1-2) – Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark 16:1-2 [Latin]

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.


Dum transisset Sabbatum, from William Byrd’s and Thomas Tallis’ Cantiones sacrae (1575), composed by Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)


Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner

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Mar 27

Maria Magdalena et altera Maria [Mary Magdelen and the other Mary] (Mark 16:1-2,5-6) – Francisco Guerrero

A print from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations in the possession of Revd. Philip De Vere at St. George’s Court, Kidderminster, England.

Mark 16:1-2,5-6

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.


Maria Magdalena et altera Maria, composed by Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)


Performed by Stile Antico

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