Sunday, 6 September 2009

Reading the book of Job

In the breviary, the first week of September marks the start of reading the Book of Job, a particularly timely text on the meaning of suffering.

And in the Monastic Office (though not I think the Roman), the last responsory of the first nocturn today is a text that is often sung at funerals, Versa est in luctum. The words mean as follows:

My harp is tuned for lamentation,
and my flute to the voice of those who weep.
Spare me, O Lord,
for my days are as nothing...

Here is a you tube verse of the setting by Alonso Lobo (1555-1617), and written for the funeral of Phillip II of Spain.

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