Multilingual Lamentations for Holy and Great Saturday

This is sung during the Orthodox Christian Matins of the Great Saturday. In this video, we see segments sung by different choirs in English, Greek, Bulgarian, French, Macedonian, Romanian and Arabic.

'Jesus' by Jasminka Banusic of Croatia

Jasminka Banusic was born in Nova Gradiska, Croatia. After elementary school and gymnasium, she graduated from law school. When Jasminka was a child, she realized creating art would be her life, painting with oil on canvas Her creations express her point of view through color composition. In last twenty years, she has taken part in many auctions, group and stand alone exhibitions.
http://landfillart.org/jasminkabanusic/

Here’s her painting she titled ‘Jesus.’

See more of her art at
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/jesus-jasminka-banusic.html

and 
https://www.facebook.com/jasminka.banusic

'Love' by Froyle Neideck

Froyle Neideck specialises in creating bold paintings of dramatic colour and rich texture. She is originally from New Zealand and now lives in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Here’s a painting she created that she calls ‘Love.’

http://www.redbubble.com/people/froyleart/works/8093702-love

https://www.facebook.com/FroyleArt

"Art is spiritual. It is from a place of connection with God that I draw my greatest inspiration. He is the Great Master Craftsman and everything we do comes originally from His love. It is in accessing and releasing this love that results in paintings of such vibrancy and life. When I paint, I create from the unseen realm and make it visible, so that others can see."
http://froyleart.com/about

Palestrina: Lamentations for Holy Saturday

Palestrina And The Music of Holy Week

"Palestrina faced a formidable task in making settings of the texts used during the rites of Holy Week he needed to write music that was moving and noble which gave full weight to the harrowing subject matter of the text but which avoided somber monotony. Of all the obstacles he faced in the chief is the nature of the texts themselves – they are very intense, dealing as they do with grief, anger, indescribable physical agony, and spiritual suffering. His polyphonic settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah consist of a selection of verses and their Hebrew prefatory letters. In Hebrew the alphabet consists of twenty-two consonants each of which has an assigned numerical value. In the Lamentation text the prefatory letters corresponds to the verse number of the text it precedes and were traditionally set as meditative interludes to the main text – Palestrina followed this tradition in all of his settings using the prefatory letters as a way of relieving the unremitting intensity of the text. He also set the introductory sentences which preface the first lectio for each day of the Triduum.”
http://saturdaychorale.com/2013/03/27/introducing-palestrinas-lamentations-a-series-for-holy-week-2013/

Here is Palestrina’s 'Lamentations for Holy Saturday'

It’s from the album ‘Lamenta’ by the Tallis Scholars.

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You can download free scores for the pieces at
http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Lamentations_of_Jeremiah_(Giovanni_Pierluigi_da_Palestrina)#Sabbato_Sancto_.28Holy_Saturday.29

Songs for Holy Saturday by Greek Monks

Mount Athos in Greece, the ark of Orthodox Christianity, is undoubtedly the cradle of Byzantine music. In the period of revival of athonian monasticism (after a period of decline), the ‘Mousikodidaskaleion’ (Musical School) of the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi, which had for centuries been providing the musical education of monks, has resumed its activities. It endowed the monastery with a collection of melodians, a rich archive of recordings, books, manuscripts and, above all, a rich tradition which is continued by the modern chorus of the monastery.
http://www.womex.com/virtual/crete_university/choir_of_vatopaidi/holy_saturday

THE CHOIR OF VATOPAIDI FATHERS, Mount Athos recorded an album in 2000 of songs for Holy Saturday.

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You can stream short samples of the recording here:

http://www.womex.com/virtual/crete_university/choir_of_vatopaidi/holy_saturday

Here’s a 89-second song they sing on Holy Saturday:

The CD includes a lavish 100 page booklet and is distributed by Crete University Press. Amazon USA currently has 1 used copy going for sale at $60 so enjoy the streaming songs.

Paschal Triduum Triptych by Stephen Crotts

Stephen Crotts lives in South Carolina, and recently created this marvelous Triptych for the Paschal Triduum (the period from the evening of Maundy Thursday to the evening of Resurrection Sunday). It recalls the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospels.

Read more about the Holy Days of the Paschal Triduum here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Triduum

See more of Stephen’s art at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/S-Crotts-Illustration/223845639815

Kenosis Rocks Out ‘Depth of Mercy’ (Charles Wesley)

"With massive soundscapes and crushing ambiance, Kenosis leads corporate worship at Mars Hill Ballard. Formed by Pastor Joel Brown after a hiatus from the popular Ballard band Red Letter, Kenosis blends sharp riffs, tight rhythms, and soaring melodies that present a worship environment of paradoxical emotions: complete reverence before a holy, righteous God, and rejoicing at the tenderness of his love.”
http://marshill.com/music/albums/depth-of-mercy

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Here’s the title song from the 4-song EP released 13 December 2011

Words by CHARLES WESLEY, 

Music By JOEL BROWN
Arrangement by KENOSIS
(they do a few of the original 13 verses)
Depth of mercy! Can there be 
Mercy still reserved for me? 
Can my God his wrath forbear, 
Me, the chief of sinners, spare? 
Me, the chief of sinners, spare? 

I have long withstood his grace, 
Long provoked him to his face, 
Would not hearken to his calls, 
Grieved him by a thousand falls. 

My God, my God, my God I’m sorry! 
My God, my God, my God forgive me! 
Forgive me Lord! Forgive me Lord! 
Forgive me Lord! Forgive me Lord! 

I my Master have denied, 
I afresh have crucified, 
And profaned his hallowed name, 
Put him to an open shame. 

My God, my God, my God I’m sorry! 
My God, my God, my God forgive me! 
Forgive me Lord! Forgive me Lord! 
Forgive me Lord! Forgive me Lord! 

My God, incline my heart now to repent 
O Lord, for all my sins, let me lament 
Today may I for my foul revolt, deplore 
Weep, believe, and sin no more 

There for me the Savior stands, 
Shows his wounds and spreads his hands. 
God is love! I know, I feel, 
Jesus weeps and loves me still, 
Jesus bleeds and loves me still, 
Jesus dies and loves me still.
Get the leadsheet for this song at
file:///C:/Users/pinknoodle/Downloads/20120105_depthofmercy_by_kenosis_song_sheet.pdf
See Wesley’s full 13 verses at
http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/d/e/depthmer.htm
 
Get the score for the more common melody at
http://www.hymnary.org/media/fetch/138053

'Holy Saturday' by Kevin Nichols

And so death proves our true geography 
The coastline to the island of our days. 
Is not the leaf mould of last autumn’s holocaust
the sepulchre of tomorrow’s aconite? 
Does not death define life, yielding 
the last, long logic of reality? 
May we not say that though death is our ending 
it holds life in gestation as the night 
is the womb of day, and as awakening 
circumscribes sleep, entombing it with brightness? 
We move among these images, are becalmed 
between question and answer; truth’s awful brilliance 
dazzles the occluded vision of our hope.

Be still, be hushed then, now that death’s bright shadow 
falls like a laser-beam across the sundial.
Twilight thickens among the olive trees
and in the garden all the flowers close.
Rest now, bright hero among the cool shadows, 
your agony won, night transubstantiates
the sour dough of our quotidian bread. 
Golden, the daybreak of the first Sunday 
shall fill the fields of sky with a ripening 
harvest of Orient and immortal wheat.

I couldn’t find any information on the author or the publication of the poem, sorry. It was taken off a website with no credit.

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Collect for Holy Saturday (Book of Common Prayer):

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Salvador Dali’s ‘The Sacrament of the Last Supper’

The Sacrament of the Last Supper is a painting by Salvador Dalí. Completed in 1955, after nine months of work, it remains one of his most popular compositions. Since its arrival at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1955, it replaced Renoir’s A Girl with a Watering Can as the most popular piece in the museum.

The Sacrament of the Last Supper was completed during Dalí’s post-World War II era, which is characterized by his increased interest in science, optical illusion and religion. During this time he became a devout Catholic and simultaneously was astonished by the “atomic age”. Dalí himself labeled this era in his work “Nuclear Mysticism.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sacrament_of_the_Last_Supper

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In 2012, Michael Anthony Novak published an influential essay on the painting. Here are some excerpts:

Instead of painting a historical Last Supper as Leonardo did, Dalí gives us the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

The real presence is a cornerstone of Catholic spirituality. The mystical aspect of the doctrine caught Dalí’s attention. The classic definition of a sacrament (a visible sign of an invisible reality) conveys well the Catholic understanding. On the table are the bread and wine. Also depicted is the invisible reality—Christ, the sacrament of God on earth, the Father in this mystical 12-sided heaven—truly and really present to those who receive him.

Dalí’s intention is to make visible what occurs in every celebration of the Mass: that the worship on earth makes present the realities of the worship in heaven. The real presence of Christ means the real presence of the Father. The community drawn together in recognition of this miracle—the church—reveals the real presence of the Holy Spirit.Where the Trinity is, heaven is: unseen with our eyes, but sensed and recognized in our prayer.

Michael Anthony Novak
http://americamagazine.org/issue/misunderstood-masterpiece

Novak writes, The two gestures of Jesus come from an account in John’s Gospel on the night of the Last Supper. When Philip asks Jesus to “show us the Father,” Jesus replies, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” As portrayed by Dali, Christ’s left hand points to “me” and the right, to the “Father” above.

Novak concludes: “It is heaven that is present, heaven is the space in which the event we see in the painting is taking place. It is the figure of the Father, then, who fills both heaven and earth as they are presented in this painting, with His outstretched arms taking in the whole of space.”

Also see more helpful commentary at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sacrament_of_the_Last_Supper

Hallelu Jah! My Redeemer! (Jason French)

Jason French is a friend who, until recently, was one of the worship leaders at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a very gifted composer and jazz keyboardist, among many talents, now studying at a seminary. Here’s a photo of his lovely family:

He just released a new song and writes, “On this ‘Good Friday’ we remember and rejoice that Jesus was made sin for our good. His death paid the penalty for our sin, he bore God’s wrath in our place, he suffered so that we could enjoy peace with God and joy everlasting, by his grace, through his gift of faith. Have a “Good” Friday. Sunday’s comin’!!!”