Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday: St. John's Passion, Part 1

The Gospel reading for Good Friday is the Passion of our Lord according to St. John. JS Bach took the scripture text and incorporated hymn texts in between. Note to conductors everywhere: the hymn texts are to be sung by the congregation (or audience). The posts for St. John's Passion will run every 2 hours through 6:00 pm on Holy Saturday.

The Passion according to St. John
set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Part 1


Herr, unser Herrscher, dessen Ruhm
In allen Landen herrlich ist!
Zeig uns durch deine Passion,
Dass du, der wahre Gottessohn,
Zu aller Zeit,
Auch in der größten Niedrigkeit,
Verherrlicht worden bist!

O Lord, our Lord, your majesty
is glorious in all the land!
Show us during your Passion
That you, the very Son of God,
Through all time,
Also in the great lowliness,
have become magnified!


For the complete text in German, click here.
For the complete text in English, click here.

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