During the stripping of the altar, the choir will sing my own setting of Psalm 22. Interestingly, in this setting, the seven last words of Christ are interjected between verses of the psalm. Tying in the words of the Torah (Hebrew Scripture) with Christ’s last words will hopefully leave us with a sense of fulfillment and consummation as the last psalm verse is sung by the choir, “My soul shall live for him [ . . . ]” Musically, the piece is constructed as a nod to J. S. Bach’s passion settings and his B Minor Mass. Listen for the Bachian violin passages and the closing chorus beginning in b minor and ending in a surprising B Major, symbolizing our hope.
Finally, please accept this invitation to attend one of our Holy Week services. While there is not enough space to write about each liturgy here, know that the choir has been working very hard to prepare music that really communicates the meaning of these services. On Maundy Thursday, we will have a small Chamber Choir to offer beautiful and solemn music in the chapel. Good Friday features the full choir singing Miserere Mei, Deus by Gregorio Allegri, widely considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance pieces ever written. Come experience the powerful music and liturgy in store for us to help make this year’s Holy Week a moving and spiritually fulfilling experience!