Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Solemn Requiem for All Souls

Here, sung now live, at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue. The audio will be available for some time going forward.

The service is the Requiem a 6, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). The readings for the Feast of All Faithful Departed are here.

Wisdom 3:1-9

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them forever.
Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

Here is William-Adolphe Bouguereau's "The Day of the Dead" (1859):

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