Music for Good Friday | St. Lawrence University Chaplain's Office

Music for Good Friday

This concert reflects on the texts of the ‘Seven Last Words of Christ.’ 

The First Word
Luke 23:34
‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’

Sonata No. 1, BWV 525, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

The Second Word
Luke 24:43
‘Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618, by Johann Sebastian Bach
(O Lamb of God, Innocent)

The Third Word
John 19: 27
‘Woman, behold your son! Behold your mother!’

Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 618, by Johann Sebastian Bach
(Jesus, My Friend)

The Fourth Word
Matthew 27: 46
‘Eli, Eli, la’ma sabach-tha’ni?’
(‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’)

Christus, de runs selig macht, BWV 620, by Johann Sebastian Bach
(See the Lord of Life and Light)
The Fifth Word
John 19:28
‘I thirst.’

Da Jesus an den Kreuze stund, BWV 621, by Johann Sebastian Bach
(When on the Cross the Savior hung)

The Sixth Word
John 19:30
‘It is finished.’

O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross, BWV 622, by Johann Sebastian Bach
(O Man, thy grievous sin bemoan)

The Seventh Word
Luke 23:46
‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.’

Élégie by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)


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The next offering of the Organ Concert Series 2020-2021 will be Music for Yom HaShoah. The music will support meditation upon the Holocaust and remembrance of all the people that were lost. Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, Musician-in-Residence, will perform music by Herman Berlinski, a Jewish-German-American composer. The program will be available on the St. Lawrence University Chaplain’s Office Website on Wednesday, April 7.