Alternatively, the terms we find in the book: "Repent, and be born again." What a beautiful manifestation of the grace and glories of God.
Truly inspiring and uplifting. Who can listen and not know there is So Much More?
Yes, thank you. How do you find these things, other than by the grace of God.
God help us all. Thank you and Merry Christmas
Pure soul! Thank you,Gerald, and God bless us every one.
In the suburbs of Toronto, over 600 miles from home, after 35+ weeks of travel, I listen and cry. Yes, regardless of any theology, from humble beginnnings, as humble as any homeless person, came the greatest teacher the world has seen. And when he was born he was loved by his mother, and all who knew of him. The greatest birthday present we can give him is to listen and learn.
Merry Christmas to you, Gerard, and to all who read this, and God's blessings on all of us.
Gourgeous performance. Is there any doubt which is truly the religion of peace?
Hey, looks like somebody's been reading my blog! And using it for, er, inspiration...Not that I mind; that's what blogging is for. And Clio is, after all, a Muse. At least when she's on the web.
Glory be to God in the highest!
Thank you and Merry Christmas
Truly awesome. Thank you.
Just about my favorite. Thanks.
Hope you don't mind, but posted this on catholicfundamentalism.com One of the most beautiful things ever. Thank you.
In 1974, I came to San Francisco with a backpack. My first job was as the Baritone soloist at Grace Cathedral, firmly in the English tradition of vocal music.
What wonderful memories this brings. Thank you.
I was just playing this on the piano while we were all just relaxing in the glow of the tree lights. My husband never heard it before. It is one of my favorite Christmas carols.
Thank you for a beautiful and timely gift. I have never heard this song before and it inspires me to broaden my musical choices... and effort to listen spiritually.
Gerard, do you know the tenor aria from Bach's Christmas Oratorio that is like Rossetti's hymn in its contrast between Christ's divinity and His humble birth?
Großer Herr, o starker König,
Liebster Heiland, o wie wenig
Achtest du der Erden Pracht!
Der die ganze Welt erhält,
Ihre Pracht und Zier erschaffen,
Muss in harten Krippen schlafen.
[Translation: Mighty Lord, O strongest sovereign,
Dearest Savior, O how little
Heedest thou all earthly pomp!
He who all the world doth keep,
All its pomp and grace hath fashioned,
Must within the hard crib slumber.]
Wonderful performance by Dietrich Henschel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxr_stB1uJI&feature=related
Thank you for reposting the Rossetti-- more quietly meditative than the Bach, but each beautiful in its own way. A blessed Christmas to you.
How timely and how perfect. Christmas is nearing and I am watching the snow fall upon snow on the hills of Seattle. This is one of my favorite songs; thank you.
Good one, Connecticut Yankee - although that aria is for
The latter Bass aria is also beautiful, btw:
Erleucht auch meine finstre Sinnen,
Erleuchte mein Herze durch der Strahlen klaren Schein.
Dein Wort soll mir die hellste Kerze in allen meinen Werken sein;
Dies lasset die Seele nichts Boses beginnen.
Enlighten Thou my blinded senses,
And brighten my heart with the clear ray of Thy regard.
Thy word shall be a shining candle to guide me when the way is hard,
To ward off temptation and evil offenses.
One of most powerful things about singing Bach's cantatas and oratorios is that the Bass often is featured as the voice of Jesus, or of God Himself. The tendency to get operatic is, for me, profoundly tempered by the humility engendered, as Bach was demonstrably aware.
I've never heard this before, and I've just listened to it 6 times so far. It is so beautiful. Thank you so much!
Thank you for this beautiful hymn I had never heard before. I listened to it at the Anchoress' site and again here.
So peaceful and so beautiful. It's now one of my favorites!
I already sent that to my parents. They appreciated it. Not much 'bleak midwinter' in Bradenton, Florida; but they did like it.
(plenty of 'bleak midwinter' in Michigan already)
Oh my, quite beautiful and ethereal. Thanks for the links.
I look forward to this post every year.
Thank you....so beautiful!!!
Whew! takes my breath away every time.
Thank you Gerard. I needed that this morning.