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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 61

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 2:15 pm

It is the first Sunday of Advent, and the title of today’s cantata is “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (Now come, Savior of the heathens). The performance is a live one conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt:

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 13:24-37

“But in those days, following that distress,

“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

The text of today’s cantata is available here. The text complements the reading about the coming of the Son of Man: “You come and allow Your light to shine full of blessing. . . Come, you lovely crown of joy, do not delay, I await you with longing.”

Happy listening!

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

8 Responses to “Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 61”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. Thank you, Patterico!

    felipe (023cc9)

  3. Its complimentary with Matthew 24,

    narciso (d1f714)

  4. Today’s Psalm.

    The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  5. I can’t say it’s my favorite Psalm. There are just so many. But it’s a nice one to have when you’re on watch.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  6. 1
    The Lord says to my lord:[a]

    “Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”

    The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying,
    “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
    Your troops will be willing
    on your day of battle.
    Arrayed in holy splendor,
    your young men will come to you
    like dew from the morning’s womb.[b]

    The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:
    “You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.”

    The Lord is at your right hand[c];
    he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.
    He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead
    and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
    He will drink from a brook along the way,[d]
    and so he will lift his head high.

    Yeah, this one, too.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  7. The Lord says to my lord:[a]

    This is what’s known as a theophanie.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  8. Theophany.


    Steve57 (0b1dac)

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