Singing Chorales with Bach: 9th Sunday After Trinity

Ninth Sunday After Trinity Here are the English versions of the chorales used by Bach for his cantatas for the ninth Sunday after Trinity. Readings: Old Test: 2 Sam. 22:26-34 Epistle: 1 Cor. 10:6-13 Gospel: Luke 16:1-9 BWV 94 Chorale: What is the World to Me? Georg Michael Pfefferkorn, 1645– 1732; Tr. August Crull, 1845–Continue reading “Singing Chorales with Bach: 9th Sunday After Trinity”

Singing Chorales with Bach: 8th Sunday After Trinity

Eighth Sunday After Trinity Here are the English versions of the chorales used by Bach for his cantatas for the eighth Sunday after Trinity. Readings: Old Test: Jer. 23:16-29 Epistle: Rom. 8:12-17 Gospel: Matt. 7:15-23 BWV 45 Chorale: O God, thou faithful God Johann Heermann, 1630 Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1858, alt. Lutheran Service Book, #696;Continue reading “Singing Chorales with Bach: 8th Sunday After Trinity”

Singing Chorales with Bach: 7th Sunday After Trinity

Seventh Sunday After Trinity Here are the English versions of the chorales used by Bach for his cantatas for the seventh Sunday after Trinity. Readings: Old Test: Gen. 2:7-17 Epistle: Rom. 6:19-23 Gospel: Mark 8:1-9 BWV 186 Chorale: Salvation unto us has come Paul Speratus, 1484-1551 Tr.  The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941. Lutheran Service Book, #555; TheContinue reading “Singing Chorales with Bach: 7th Sunday After Trinity”

Article: The Tales That Really Matter: Exploring Lewis on the Veracity of the Christian Mythos

  Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”[i]  Douglas Adams has expressed a common viewpoint among an ever-rising generation of people who have cast off religion all together. The average ChristianContinue reading “Article: The Tales That Really Matter: Exploring Lewis on the Veracity of the Christian Mythos”

Article: Antico et Moderno: The History of Bach’s Great Catholic Mass

“Ky-ri-e!” The first notes thunder, and hearers today are stunned as they have been for nearly 300 years at the near perfection of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor. In the autumn of his life, Bach set all his creative power to the task of writing a Missa Tota, a full musical setting ofContinue reading “Article: Antico et Moderno: The History of Bach’s Great Catholic Mass”

Article: Psalms and Hymns and Pietist Songs: A Look At Early Lutheran Hymnals in America

Christians throughout the centuries have always highly valued liturgy and hymnody. St. Paul encourages the Colossian Christians to continue “teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.”[i] It is hard even to conceive of a Christianity which would be devoid of the giftContinue reading “Article: Psalms and Hymns and Pietist Songs: A Look At Early Lutheran Hymnals in America”