Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Presentation of the Lord

Malachi 3:1-4 / Luke 2:22-32

No one from the English-speaking world with anything of an ear for music can hear the lessons for today's Mass and fail to hear them set in his own native tongue. Can one attend to the words of the prophet Malachi and not hear the melodies of George Frederick Handel in one's head? If less known among the Catholic faithful, will those musically sensitive not have a favorite setting of Simeon's canticle, the Nunc dimittis, from that most melodious of Gospels which brings us so many of the Church's songs — the Ave Maria, the Gloria in excelsis, the Benedictus, and the Magnificat?

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