Sunday Music & Blazhen Muzh & Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rchmaninoff, “Blazhen Muzh” (Blessed is the man) from Verspers, sung by Tenebrae Choir, directed by Nigel Short.

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.
Alleluia.
The Lord knows the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked will perish.
Alleluia.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling.
Alleluia.
Blessed is he who puts his trust in Him.
Alleluia.
Arise, Lord, save me, my God.
Alleluia.
The Lord is the savior of the people of His blessing.
Alleluia.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and forever more. Amen.
Alleluia. Glory to You, God.

Advent Music & Virga Jesse & Bruckner

“Virga Jesse” by Anton Bruckner, performed by the Zurich Boy’s Choir.

Virga Jesse,
Virga Jesse,
Virga Jesse floruit,
Virgo Deum et hominem genuit:
Pacen Deus reddidit,
In se, reconcilians,
Ima summis.
Alleluia.

The rod of Jesse hath blossomed;
A Virgin hath brought forth God and man;
God hath restored peace,
Reconciling in Himself the lowest with the highest.
Alleluja.

 

Sunday Music & Angelus & Franz Biebl

The Angelus Prayer (traditionally prayed at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm) modified somewhat and set to music by Franz Biebl. The performers are unknown.

The angel of God visited Maria and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, Jesus.

Maria said: See the servant of the Lord. May it happen to me according to your word.

Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, Jesus.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us.

Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, Holy Mary, pray for us now and in the hour of our death. Amen. Amen. Amen.

O Theotokos Ever Vigilant in Prayer & Rachmaninov & Sunday Music

USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir, directed by Valeri Polyansky.

Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos,
Who is ever-vigilant in prayer
and our firm hope in her intercessions.
For being the Mother of Life,
She was transmigrated to life
by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.

Palestrina & Jesu, Rex Admirabilis & Sunday Music

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, “Jesu, rex admirabilis,” The Monteverdi Choir, directed by John Eliot Gardiner (2006), recorded in London, 2005.

Jesu, rex admirabilis
et triumphator nobilis,
dulcedo ineffabilis,
totus desiderabilis,

mane nobiscum, Domine,
et nos illustra lumine,
pulsa mentis caligine,
mundum reple ducedine.

Jesus, wondrous king
and noble conqueror,
ineffable delight,
wholly to be desired,

remain with us, Lord,
dispel the darkness of our minds
and enlighten us with your light,
fill the world with your sweetness.