For All Saints and All Souls
Sooo...in the liturgical callendar, which none of you follow :laugh: this new month of November become The Kingdom Season. The first half of the month is spent on mourning the dead, the second part is based on Christ The King.
It is customary to indulge oneself in a fanciful bit of literny known as The Requiem (which is like an addition of choral music to a communion service) There are many battles about which Requiem is the best, and generally, there have been many arguments attesting that the most well known ones, Faure, or Verdi are best...or maybe Mozart.
I have discovered however, that the best Requiem is a compilation of many different composers, and different Requiems.
I present to you, what I would consider, the best Requiem Mass ever, with all the trimmings.
We begin with the music before the service, and I would have to choose the Suite Gothique by Leon Bolleman :)
I shall post it over several days...so as not to overload you :laugh:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYLz_9zuTrE (Parts I and II)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNTzkb2am-I (Part III and Toccata)
and then you'd have the processional, and a lot of this is quite commonly used in funeral services, so to have it at the start of a Requiem adds some liturgy to the literny.
Based on The Oracle of Job
MAN that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, an is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower; he flieth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay. In the midst of life we be in death: of whom may we seek for succor but of thee, O Lord, which for our sins justly art displeased. Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful savior, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death
I AM the resurrection and the life (saith the Lord): he that believeth in me, yea, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall not die forever. John 11
I KNOW that my redeemer liveth, and that I shall rise out of the earth in the last day, and shall be covered again with my skin, and shall see God in my flesh: yea, and I myself shall behold him, not with other, but with these same eyes. Job 19
WE brought nothing into this world, neither may we carry anything out of this world. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Even as it hath pleased the Lord, so cometh things to pass: blessed be the name of the Lord. 1 Tim. 6, Job 1
Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, shut not up thy merciful eyes to our prayers: but spare us Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful savior, thou most worthy judge eternal, suffer us not at our last hour for any pains of death to fall from thee.
I HEARD a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, From henceforth blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Even so saith the Spirit, that they rest from their labors
Following this, the stage is set for the Requiem Mass to begin :laugh:
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