As Holy Week begins, here is Anton Bruckner’s setting of “Christus Factus Est,” the text that serves as the Gradual for today’s feast.
Christus factus est pro nobis obediens
usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis.
Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum et dedit illi nomen,
quod est super omne nomen.
Christ became obedient for us unto death,
even to the death, death on the cross.
Therefore God exalted Him and gave Him a name
which is above all names.
Nowadays, Bruckner’s setting is probably the most well-known. But the text was a very popular one in Early Baroque circles — particularly with the Italian and the Spanish-speaking schools — with the works of Felice Anerio, Giacomo Carissimi, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Martín de Villanueva, and Juan de Herrera y Chumacero serving as the most striking examples.
(HT to Billy Kangas for the beautiful icon.)