Thursday, July 27, 2006

July 28: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1750; Heinrich Schultz, 1672; George Frederick Handel, 1759--Musicians

Today we remember the musical witness of Bach, Schutz, and Handel.

Almighty God, beautiful in majesty and majestic in holiness, Who have taught us in Holy Scripture to sing your praises, and who have given to your servants Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel, and Heinrich Sch├╝tz grace to show forth your glory in their music: Be with all your servants who write and make music for your people, that with joy we on earth may glimpse your beauty, and at length may know the inexhaustible richness of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Go through your collection of CDs and play some of their music today. And on Sunday, go through your hymnal and sing quietly some hymns they have left as gifts to God and to the Church. Join them as they, with you, now sing before our heavenly Father with "Angels, Archangels, and the Whole Company of Heaven."

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