Glória Patri et Fílio et Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc et semper et in sæ´cula sæculórum. Amen.
I am so into classical choral music – beautiful voices singing of the Heavenlies – from Handel to Mozart to Beethoven to Faure to brilliant modern day composers like Karl Jenkins. Listening ‘with’ the music transports me to a different zone – of worship, quiet reverence, beauty and magnificent expression. (Listening to inspirational music has certainly aided the pursuit of roses in the rubble of some of the places I’ve worked!)
Paul Schwartz takes magnificent expression to a completely different DIMENSION, however, in his modern interpretation of the Latin Glory Be prayer – Gloria Patri.
As a long-time groupie of ‘crossover’ classical composer Paul Schwartz, I really enjoyed his first State of Grace compilation that included a lovely upbeat rendition of the Shaker Lord of the Dance hymn. After finding the sequel “Turning to Peace” CD that adapts & blends the traditional Magnificat and Stabat Mater, I popped it in the car player on the way home a few years ago – and almost ran off the road when this Gloria Patri came on…
wow! I mean like, really – WOW! Most of this CD is expressively poignant – especially the songs ‘Turning to Peace’ and ‘Fear Not’ – so this Gloria just POPS. You can imagine lots of joyous dancing, spinning even, in the presence of God (somehow I don’t think sitting on our tushis will happen much there!)
Give it a listen and see if you don’t get up lifted off your feet in GLORIOUS praise!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.