Sunday Offering Prayers for Dave

Dave, the leading light behind The Blog of Funny Names is an extraordinary person by any objective reckoning, and I feel very lucky to know him through my association with BoFN, into which he kindly invited me a few years ago. (Sad to say, I’ve become a rare and sporadic contributor, but I am still a regular there in the comments.)

Dave is going to med school and fighting cancer at the same time, and many of our hearts go out for him.

I’m not much for contemporary Christian music but I have a soft spot for the rendition of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy below. I present it with my best prayer intentions for Dave. The entire Chaplet can be heard here.

UPDATE: BoFN carrier of the flame Fannie has alerted me to a great news story on Dave by NBC’s San Diego newsroom.

Dave’s sister Vanessa has set up a GoFundMe page here.

Pentecost Music & Veni Creator Spiritus & Mahler & No. 8


London Philharmonic Choir and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir, directed by Klaus Tennstedt (1986). Soloists : Elizabeth Connell, Edith Wiens, Felicity Lott (sopranos), Trudliese Schmidt, Nadine Denize (mezzosopranos), Richard Versalle (tenor), Jorma Hynninen (baritone), Hans Sotin (bass).

ADDENDUM: Must be vinyl. The record skips in a handful of places. Amazing lack of pops and fizzes otherwise, though, if this is vinyl.

Lent Music & Open to Me the Doors of Repentance

Posted by T’Oober Annette Toob, who writes:

Open To Me the Doors of Repentance: A beautiful prayer sung during Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church (Ledkovsky) http://www.svspress.com/rejoice-hymns… Music from the CD: Rejoice! Hymns to The Virgin Mary sung by St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary Male Chorale, Crestwood, NY


Annette merits accolades for her T’Oob handle alone.

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.

Sunday Music & Ubi Caritas

Choir on the Stairs sings “Ubi Caritas / Ola Gjeilo.”

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.

Sunday Music & Gaudete

First, we present Steeleye Span, the great folk rock band that often gets mixed up with Steely Dan, from their 35th anniversary tour (2004).

Refrain:

Gaudete, Gaudete, Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine, Gaudete!

Rejoice, Rejoice, Christ is born
of the Virgin Mary, Rejoice!

I assume that lead vocalist is still Maddy Prior. I used to have a bit of a crush on her. Anyway, this is their original recording of “Gaudete” from Chrysalis (1972).

Tempus adest gratiae
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina laetitiae
Devote reddamus.

The hour of grace which we seek is here.
We offer with devotion our songs of gladness.

Next, the hymn is sung by Choir on the Stairs. I got the feeling I’m going to be revisiting this group for Sunday selections. Great accoustics to match great singing:

Deus homo factus est,
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est,
A Christo regnante.

God is made man, a thing of wonder.
The world is renewed by Christ’s reign.

Next up, the kids choir Libera sings it:

Ezecheelis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Undelux est orta
Salus invenitur.

Light has arisen. Salvation is come,
Bursting the gates of death.

And finally, we bring you the Mediaeval Baebes:

Ergo nostra contio
Psallat jam in lustro,
Benedicat domino,
Salus Regi nostro.

Our congregation lustily rejoices now,
Giving blessing to God, our Saviour and King.

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.