music for the season of Epiphany, which began on Friday and continues well into February. During this season, we focus on Jesus the human being: his birth, his coming of age, and the qualities of his ministry. I've arranged the music for this season by theme as follows:
Suite 1: Incarnation. Enjoy the Baby Jesus just a little longer, as the Magi did.
Suite 2: Baptism. Today (January 8) is the feast of Jesus' baptism, marking the beginning of his ministry. These songs are meant to evoke images of water and of the light of heaven breaking through and anointing Jesus as the Messiah.
Suite 3: Calling. Just as Jesus called disciples, he calls us, too. What is the shape of your call?
Suite 4: Fishing. We are called not just to be disciples, but to be apostles, sent out into the world with Good News.
Suite 5: Teaching. At the heart of Jesus' teaching was one very important concept: love.
Suite 6: Healing. Wherever Jesus went, he came close to people and healed them. Sometimes this meant curing them of their diseases as well.
Suite 7: Praise. The people came to adore Jesus profoundly.
Suite 8: Transfiguration. Many of the people wanted Jesus to become a powerful earthly ruler. But God had different plans, and the Transfiguration on the mountaintop marks the shift from Jesus' early ministry to the much more somber second half, as Jesus prepared to set his face toward Jerusalem and the Cross.
At various places in the suites, I have worked in the three movements of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, my favorite choral piece ever. These three pieces are sung in Hebrew, and I hope they are effective at tying in Jesus' Judaism and his grounding in the Psalms.
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