Sunday, March 6, 2011
Ave verum Corpus - William Byrd
Our schola sang this today at Holy Communion. I really don't mean to pit one one form of music against another. But this kind of music is such a welcome respite for my ears which, for too long, were subjected to "Eat This Bread" and "I am the Bread of Life". There is no mystery in those Protestant-penned hymns, especially as compared to a piece like this one. As I knelt at the altar, waiting my turn to receive Jesus, I looked up at the beautiful crucifixion scene above the tabernacle. Hearing this exquisite piece of music helped me realize the solemnity of both moments - the one captured in the painting, and the one about to happen to me. I felt for a moment the deep sorrow of St. John the Evangelist as he looked up helplessly at his Master, torn with grief yet somehow mindful of the promise that Jesus would rise again.
Posted by TLW at 1:44 PM