Posts tagged ‘Psalm 42:1’

March 23, 2014

2014-03-23 Notes from the Bench

“Sicut cervus” (Psalm 42:1) by Reginald Unterseher

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

Sicut cervus desiderat ad fonts
aquarum,
ita desiderat anima me ad te, Deus

English translation:

As a deer longs for the flowing streams,
So longs my soul for thee, O God.

The text for today’s offertory anthem, Sicut cervus is Psalm 42:1. Psalm 42 is one of the psalms of lament that expresses our soul’s yearning for God, comparing this desire with that of a deer searching for water in the desert. Psalm 42 is a particularly suitable reflection for the Lenten season.

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