Sunday, December 17, 2017

O Sapientia - Magnificat - O Sapientia

Schola Gregoriana Hispana

O Wisdom, which earnest out of the mouth of the Most High, and readiest from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things : Come and teach us the way of prudence.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his humble servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed,
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever.
Amen. Alleluia

As I noted recently, the Jewish-Christian view of wisdom is different from materialist assertions about its equivalent   To start with,  Wisdom,  Wisdom, is a woman, that Wisdom was that by which the universe was created and is and will be created and ordered.   I won't go into how materialism inevitably demotes wisdom into pretty much a nothing. 

It's no coincidence that O Sapientia is the first of the "O' Antiphons sung in the days preceding Christmas, sung before the daily singing of the Magnificat, the original Christmas song I also mentioned the other day, the Song of Mary which I've posted many, many settings of over the years.  I'll do that again before Christmas if I live long enough to do it and the context is right 

Vulc Tadeja: O SAPIENTIA

Chamber Choir of the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet
Ambrož Čopi, conductor

I've never heard of Vulc Tadeja, a Slovenian composer.   She's very good, this isn't like any of the other settings I've heard, the sweep and power of creation seems to be her inspiration for most of it. There are many other Youtubes of her music if you want to hear more. 

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