Verily’s Facebook page had a link to this group of marriage proposals that was too good not to share. All of them are about 5 minutes long and have some kind of music going on. But 5 for 5, the gents all got down on one knee. And all five gals were surprised and said “yes.”
I don’t know who these couples are, but say a prayer for them. All couples need that. The easy part is behind them. But the best part awaits them if they give themselves fully to their beloved in this vocation.
“Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.”
- Blessed John Paul II -
Once upon a time, my husband Bob was a choir boy. I guess you can take a boy out of the choir but you can’t take the choir out of the man. Or something like that.
Just this past week he revealed that this Bach cantata was his most favorite piece of music from those years. He further revealed that he had bought us tickets to hear the cantata performed. It was a most special date.
Thought you might enjoy this music. And if you don’t have much time, skip to 13:30 in the program for an amazing few minutes with the Chorale 4.
This is only the translation of the Chorale 4:
Zion hört die Wächter singen,
Zion hears the watchmen sing,
Das Herz tut ihr vor Freuden springen,
her heart leaps for joy,
Sie wachet und steht eilend auf.
she awakes and gets up in haste.
Ihr Freund kommt vom Himmel prächtig,
Her friend comes from heaven in his splendour,
Von Gnaden stark, von Wahrheit mächtig,
strong in mercy, mighty in truth.
Ihr Licht wird hell, ihr Stern geht auf.
Her light becomes bright, her star rises.
Nun komm, du werte Kron,
Now come, you worthy crown,
Herr Jesu, Gottes Sohn!
Lord Jesus, God’s son!
Wir folgen all
We all follow
to the hall of joy
Und halten mit das Abendmahl.
and share in the Lord’s supper.
Find the whole cantata translated here.
Alice Herz Sommer — amazing woman, musician, Holocaust survivor — describes the healing power of music
The first music, I’m sure, was sung by angels… who to this very day sing out the praises of God.
But closer to home there are composers… and skilled musicians whose creative gifts image the loving God who creates.
Even though music and grace and two different things, I think they act on us humans in similar ways. I think Alice Herz Sommers is on to that, here in her commentary about music, though she uses different words to describe it.
In recent weeks, there have been pianos all over Boston, thanks to “Play Me, I’m Yours.” It’s a wee bit colder here now, but what a great idea! Here’s some recent video on the project.
A little overview:
A few sweet moments:
A mini jazz concert:
Dad and Son:
And finally a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. over at Boston University.