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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 37

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 1:14 pm

It is the first Sunday after the Epiphany. The title of today’s cantata is “Wer da gläubet und getauft wird” (He who believes and is baptized).

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 1:4-11:

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

The text of today’s cantata is available here, and contains these words:

Faith creates the wings of the soul,
so that it may soar to heaven,
baptism is the seal of grace,
that brings us to God’s blessing;
and therefore he is called a blessed Christian
who believes and is baptised.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

2 Responses to “Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 37”

  1. Happy Sunday!

    Patterico (a42186)

  2. I neeeded something to help me feel optimistic about the week ahead, and this lovely and delicate piece tuened out to be perfect. As is sometimes said in Quaker meetings, it spoke to my condition.

    Thank you.

    John B Boddie (d795fd)

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