Posts tagged ‘Justorum animae’

November 1, 2015

2015-11-01 Notes from the Bench

Two settings of the text “Justorum animae” by Charles Stanford & Geraint Lewis

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate



Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt,
et non tanget illos tormentum mortis.
Visi sunt oculis insipientium mori,
illi autem sunt in pace.

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and the pain of death shall not touch them.
To the eyes of th foolish They seemed to perish,
but they are in peace.

(Wisdom of Solomon, 3:1-2a, 3b)


Today is the feast of All Saints’, the day when the Church honors all men and women, known and unknown, whose lives were exemplary models of faithful living. Our first scripture lesson for today is a passage from the book of Wisdom of Solomon ‘ (3:1-9); a beautiful description of what we believe we will experience in eternal life. This pericope is also a suitable option for funerals and memorial services. Wisdom of Solomon, 3:1-2a, 3b is the traditional Offertory text for All Saints’ Day and has inspired numerous choral works. Today, our choirs will sing two settings of this text during our liturgies.




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