Sunday, December 12, 2010
This piece seems to capture the silence and the stillness that I so covet by this point in Advent. The setting is medieval plainsong, a hymn to Mary in her title "Star of the Sea" (Stella Maris — thought by some to be an errant transcription of St. Jerome's translation of Miriam (Mary) as stilla maris — a "drop in the sea". Though that's another story - pieces of which can be found here.)
I love hearing the echoes of Isaiah
Solve vincla reis,
profer lumen cæcis....
Loosen the chains of the guilty,
Send forth light to the blind...
I first heard this piece on the frozen edge of the Atlantic while making the Spiritual Exercises. Now I can't hear it without breathing deeply of silence, winter and the ocean — and stillness.
Cross-posted from the RevGalBlogPals Sunday Afternoon Music Video.