Friday, April 06, 2012

Es ist vollbracht.

This post is a 're-blog' of something I posted last year on Good Friday, but I think that some things are worth sharing more than once. As an aid to reflection on the passion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross, here's the aria "Es ist vollbracht" ("It is finished" or "It is accomplished") from Johann Sebastian Bach's Johannes-Passion, BWV 245. This video comes from a 1985 performance by Concentus Musicus Wien and the Tölzer Knabenchor, directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt; the soloists are Panito Iconomou (alto) and Christophe Coin (playing the viola da gamba, a Baroque instrument).

In the Johannes-Passion, this aria comes immediately after Jesus' final words on the cross - "Es ist vollbracht" in the German text - and right before the Evangelist announces Jesus' death. Given below in the original German and in an English translation from the Bach Cantatas Website, the words of the aria move from mournful lament to sure yet somber faith in Christ's final victory:

Es ist vollbracht!
O Trost vor die gekränkten Seelen!
Die Trauernacht
Läßt nun die letzte Stunde zählen.
Der Held aus Juda siegt mit Macht
Und schließt den Kampf.
Es ist vollbracht!


It is accomplished!
What comfort for all suffering souls!
The night of sorrow
now reaches its final hours.
The hero from Judah triumphs in his might
and brings the strife to an end.
It is accomplished!

Please know of my continued prayers for a blessed Triduum. AMDG.


At 4/07/2012 12:14 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

And my prayers for a grace-filled Triduum as well...

At 4/07/2012 5:48 PM, Blogger Joseph Koczera, S.J. said...

Thanks, Michelle - I hope the last few hours go well, and a happy Easter as well!


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