The text that comes to mind with Weedon's post is, of course, Sing Me to Heaven. Following the text is the wonderful setting by Daniel E. Gawthrop.
Text by Jane Griner
In my heart's sequestered chambers lie truths stripped of poets' gloss
Words alone are vain and vacant, and my heart is mute
In response to aching silence, memory summons half-heard voices
And my soul finds primal eloquence, and wraps me in song
If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby
If you would win my heart, sing me a love song
If you would mourn me and bring me to God,
sing me a requiem, sing me to Heaven
Touch in me all love and passion, pain and pleasure
Touch in me grief and comfort, love and passion, pain and pleasure
Sing me a lullaby, a love song, a requiem
Love me, comfort me, bring me to God
Sing me a love song, sing me to Heaven.
The Russian Orthodox Church is not known for spreading the joy of the Gospel among its adherents (My comment relates to the church headed by the Moscow Patriarch, so please, all you other “Orthodox”, including Lutherans, do not take up stones). But there are few things more joyous and beautiful than the Russian requiem. It contains many Hallelujahs and very few notes in the minor key. In Russian the service for the dead is called “otpevanie,” literally “singing off.” The soul is “sung off” to Paradise in beautiful four part, a capella harmony.
Peace and Joy!
George A. Marquart
Amen. May be it so to all those who leave from the doors of the Church to the gates of heaven...
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