Musical Meditation for Passion Sunday

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.
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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.

Translation:
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 GarciaMartín de Villanueva, and Juan de Herrera y Chumacero  serving as the most striking examples.

(HT to Billy Kangas for the beautiful icon.)

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.


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