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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 155

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 8:56 am

It is the second Sunday after Epiphany. Today’s Bach cantata is “Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?” (My God, how long, ah, how long), composed for the second Sunday after Epiphany in 1716:

Today’s Gospel reading is John 2:1-11:

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Jesus knows the right time
to cheer you with help.
When the troubled times disappear,
His whole heart will be open to you.

. . . .

Then be, o soul, be at peace!
If it appears to your eyes
as if your dearest Friend
has departed completely from you;
if He has left you for a brief time,
heart! believe firmly,
it will be only a little time,
before instead of bitter tears
He will grant you the wine of comfort and joy
and flowing honey in place of wormwood!

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

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