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Well, Mary Beth, you know Rutter is some of my favorite music - and that is gorgeous!Today we sang Easter hymns, with one of my favorites "We know that Christ is raised and dies no more" to the tune of Engelberg. Well, I looked it up on Youtube and had one hard time finding it - but found the tune to different words and I liked the words so I put it on my blog here.
Mary Beth, as I listened last night to You Tube music, I listened to it, and so enjoyed it.
Thanks for the videos, Mary Beth and Cathy. We sang "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and "The Day of Resurrection." That was nice as the latter is one of my favorite Easter hymns. Then this afternoon we went to hear the premiere of a new mass composed by our interim (sabbatical supply) organist, a college senior. It was wonderful! Andrea Printy, make a note of that name.
That was beautiful!In honor of the 2 feet of snow and the simplified service due to low turn out - we sang some Christmas songs!
Mary Beth, it's so wonderfully ironic that the "Friday Five" asked about surprising places of God's revelation....and then this YouTube video appears. You have provided me with one of those moments of revelation! My mother died on April 6, 1993, 15 years ago today. She was a music teacher--first and foremost a lover of music and requiems in particular. The choir she conducted sang this Rutter piece, among others, at her memorial service on April 10th--the day before Easter. As a pastor's family, this Holy Week death couldn't have been any more vivid and powerful. As her choir reached the climax of "and I will dwell....in the house....of the Lord....forever," I just melted. I can't hear this piece without knowing that my mother indeed lives in the house of the Lord, as do I. And though she isn't before me in the form of a body, we do indeed share this space in ways I can't articulate or understand. While I have been thinking of her today, this piece brought her back so, so vividly. Thank you. You have brought a gift of God's revelation.
I LOVE Rutter's work, and this is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for posting it.
Wow, Jennifer...thank you so much for sharing your story! What an amazing synchronicity, and a blessing to have you here to tell it.Blessings on you and your mom.