Because I Yearn (Music for Mondays)

As each week goes by, I accumulate clips of music to post on Mondays. I checked last night and found only one clip stored since last Monday. But what a clip. What a coincidence. Yesterday in choir, we began practicing a piece for Lent, “Sicut Cervus Desiderat” by Palestrina (left). That’s the music I set aside.

Here the piece is performed by the Westminster Cathedral Choir. The text is from Psalm 42: “Like the deer that years for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God. My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God? . . . ”

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  • Anonymous

    I hope we sounds as good!!David

  • cathyf

    I hate this song.It's ridiculously hard AND stupefyingly boring at the same time. The deer the deer the deer the deer the water the water the water the water… Or more precisely, Th-uh-uh-uh-uh de-de-de-er-er-er-er wa-ah-ah-ah-ah…The only almost-interesting potential is when the tenors or basses start the 2nd half a measure late and sing the entire second half (*shudder*) late. Then it has a weird kafka-esque atonality about it.

  • Webster Bull

    Cathyf,LOL. We were rehearsing this on Sunday morning when Father Barnes appeared in the choir loft (up two flights on a spiral staircase, not easy to navigate in full vestments). He was obviously touched by the music, and wrote this comment on FaceBook later in the day:"Among the reasons being pastor of St. Mary's in Beverly is so great: Yesterday, as I am getting ready for Mass, the choir is singing Palestrina's Sicut Cervus Desiderat. It was as though time had been suspended and eternity had begun. Do yourself a favor and just listen to this. It comes from Psalm 42: As the deer longs for running water, so my soul thirsts for You, my God."

  • Anonymous

    For once the Corcoran Clan was early enough for Mass that we were rewarded with you (the choir) rehearsing this and you sounded magnificent! I am speechless to describe how beautiful it was, it truly lifted my heart and mind to God as I prepared to participate in Mass. I look forward to hearing it during Lent!Jules

  • Allison Salerno

    As the weakest link in my small parish choir, my difficulty with this piece meant we had to delay singing Sicut Cervus during Advent and sing it during the Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.It was a tough song but absolutely magnificent to sing. Your pastor is right on, Webster!


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