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We Have Seen His Glory

In Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week, Pope Benedict writes:

Saint John's whole Passion narrative is built on this connection between humble service and glory (doxa): it is in Jesus' downward path, in his abasement even to the Cross, that God's glory is seen, that the Father and, in him, Jesus are glorified.

The great opening chorus of Bach's Saint John Passion is a magnificent recapitulation of the Johannine vision:

Lord, our sovereign Lord, whose Glory fills the whole earth, show us by your Passion that You, the true Son of God, are glorified in every time, even in deepest need and humiliation.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt performs it here with the Toelzer Boys Choir.

About the Author

Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus at Boston College.



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Performances like this make me wish I had taken another music class or two in school--why didn't they make me?

I was reading Part Two of Benedict's Jesus last night, couldn't make the Holy Thursday service. It is wonderful reading for these days.

I envy young people today who have instant access to the best performances of everything (in my day we stumbled along with scratchy LPs). Wish my computer had good speakers, because this performance sounds magnificent.

Yes the Pope's book is nicely timed (though the opening pages did not particularly draw me in -- it won't have the impact of the first volume) -- now I see he is answering questions in televisual broadcasts. But why is it always the Pope the Pope the Pope. Were there not 12 apostles and are there not thousands of voices in the Church that are going unheard because of the mediatic fixation on the papacy since 1978?

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