MUSIC AND LITURGY


MARCH 1, 2015: THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

The offertory anthem this morning at both 9 and 11 am takes its text from the book of Lamentations, which describes Jerusalem after the Babylonian invasion in 586 BC. “Lord, bow thine ear to our prayer” is from the oratorio “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. The piece has two layers: the upper layer is a duet for soprano and alto: they sing “Zion spreadeth her hands for aid, and there is neither help nor comfort.” Meanwhile, the chorus repeats a trope underneath them: “Bow thine ear to our prayer.”

The author of Lamentations is concerned with God’s judgment over the once proud city of Jerusalem.  Similarly, our lessons today remind us of other aspects of God’s judgment: we hear both the ten commandments and the story of Jesus overturning the tables of the money changers in the temple.

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