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Friday, April 20, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

To Hear the Past

One of the movies playing at a theater passed by the camera.

Back when talkies were the Big New Thing, Fox Movietone News put a camera and microphone on a truck and drove through the Times Square district on a day of melting snow:  a fascinating glimpse of life just as it was then.

British Movietone News did something similar in London around the same time: this selection begins with the procession of King George V and Queen Mary to the State Opening of Parliament in the Gold State Coach.  Also featured are the wedding of the Duke of Westminster, and Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald and his Cabinet.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday 2018: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Carl Bloch, The Resurrection, 1881.

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge sings the beloved Easter hymn, written by Charles Wesley in 1739:

Note:  the selection begins at the 1:10 mark.

These are the lyrics they sing in Cambridge, which for some curious reason are by John Arnold:

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

But below are the ones I have always heard sung in the U. S. of A., by Wesley, and of course I like them much better.  Why and how the English went lyrically astray you can google up if you care to.  For myself, I just listen to the choir and sing the words I like in my heart.

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Caravaggio, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1602.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday 2018: Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed

Velasquez, Christ Crucified, circa 1632.
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