A Musical Meditation on the Life of Christ

On 28th November, the Schola Cantorum of St Joseph’s Parish Church offered a musical meditation upon the life of our Lord.
Here are some selections from that evening’s inspiring repertoire.

Part I: Advent and Christmas
Puer natus est nobis – Words: Introit antiphon for Christmas Day (Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 98(97): 1); Music: Gregorian chant

Lullay my liking – Words: Anonymous (15th Century English); Music: Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

Part II: Jesus’ Public Ministry
Notre Père – Words: The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13); Music: Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

The Beatitudes – Words: The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-12); Music: Traditional Russian Chant

If ye love me – Words: John 14: 15-17; Music: Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)

Part III: Passion and Death
Hosanna filio David – Words: Antiphon for the procession on Palm Sunday; Music: Gregorian chant

Part IV: Resurrection and Ascension
Resurrexi – Words: Psalm 138: 18, 5, 6, 1, 2. Introit for Easter Sunday; Music: Gregorian chant

Quia vidisti me – Words: John 20: 29; Music: Matthew JC Ward (written in 2015 for the Schola of St Joseph’s Church, New Malden)

O rex gloriae – Words: Antiphon to the Magnificat for the Second Vespers of Ascension; Music: Luca Marenzio (1553-1599)

Part V: Pentecost
Factus est repente – Words: Communion for the Mass of Pentecost (Acts 2: 2,4;) Music: Gregorian chant

O sacrum convivium – Words: Antiphon to the Magnificat for the Second Vespers of Corpus Christi (based on 1 Corinthians 11: 26 and Romans 8: 18); Music: Giovanni Croce (1557-1609)

Sing we of the Blessed Mother – Words: G. B. Timms (1910-1997); Music: ‘Abbot’s Leigh’ by Cyril V. Taylor

Meditation Programme in PDF format