Good Friday Music

In Love My Savior Now is Dying – J. S. Bach

St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 – Felicity Lott · Richard Adeney · Michael Dobson · Lorraine Wood · Thames Chamber Orchestra · Sir David Willcocks

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 2 - Aria: "For love my Saviour now is dying"

For love my Savior now is dying,
Of sin and guilt he knoweth not,
So eternal desolation
And the sinner’s righteous doom
Shall not rest upon my spirit.

Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, Choirmaster

Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart) - King's College, Cambridge

Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
having truly suffered, sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
from whose pierced side
water and blood flowed:
Be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death!

Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray -Percy Whitlock

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, Choirmaster

Jesu, Grant Me This I Pray

Jesu, grant me this, I pray,
ever in thy heart to stay;
let me evermore abide
hidden in thy wounded side.

If the evil one prepare,
or the world, a tempting snare,
I am safe when I abide
in thy heart and wounded side.

If the flesh, more dangerous still,
tempt my soul to deeds of ill,
naught I fear when I abide
in thy heart and wounded side.

Death will come one day to me;
Jesu, cast me not from thee:
dying let me still abide
in thy heart and wounded side.

Translated by H. W. Baker

Drop, Drop, Slow Tears – William Walton

The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge, George Guest, Choirmaster

Walton: A Litany - "Drop, Drop, Slow Tears"

Drop, drop, slow tears,
and bathe those beauteous feet,
which brought from heaven
the news and Prince of Peace.

Cease not, wet eyes,
his mercies to entreat;
to cry for vengeance
sin doth never cease.

In your deep floods
drown all my faults and fears;
nor let his eye
see sin, but through my tears.

-Phineas Fletcher

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