Miserere mei, Deus: Music and poetry for a Lenten Friday

March 13, 2014

Thanks to Emily at Barnstorming for such a beautiful post yesterday.

Her Lent devotional features Gregorio Allegri’s Miserere, setting of Psalm 51, sung by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge.  It’s absolutely worth the full 12 minutes.  Truly FANTASTIC.

You can buy this rendition of Allegri’s Miserere at Amazon, from the album Choral Classics from Cambridge.

As you listen to this incredible musical setting of Scripture, ponder the truth that God indeed shows mercy towards and washes clean all who cry out for forgiveness in Christ’s name and turn to Him in repentance.

Here’s what Emily writes in her reflection:

Every day, as the sun goes down,
I pause to remember how often I messed up that day,
in big and small ways.
My mistakes seem illuminated,
weighing down my heart, and impossible to forget.
Yet, as I pray like David did in Psalm 51,
as I pray for mercy,
there follows a peacefulness at the end of the day,
as my errors are blotted out,
covered over by the descent of the night.
The slate, one more time,
is wiped clean,
whiter than snow.

I remember, once again,
as new morning dawns,
there is renewal,
there is cleansing brightness,
a promise provided within each new day.

I am given another chance to get it right.

Oh how wonderful the truth of God’s mercy, pardon, and His cleansing of our hearts!

Praise report

March 13, 2014

From BBC:  A group of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns held for three months by rebels in Syria after being taken from their convent in Maaloula have arrived back in Damascus.

From ABC:  Believed to be still in the captivity of rebels are these clerics:

Two bishops and a priest have been missing since last April, according to Syrian opposition activists and church officials. Gunmen pulled Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Bishop John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church from their car and killed their driver on April 22 while they were traveling outside the northern city of Aleppo. It is not clear who abducted the priests and no group has publicly claimed it is holding them.

An Italian Jesuit, Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, went missing in July after traveling to meet Islamic militants in the eastern city of Raqqa. The city fell into rebel hands in March and was subsequently taken over by radicals, including the Islamic State.

A previous prayer for the release of the clerics and religious was posted on L&B on February 28.

Psalm 106:1 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

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