De Profundis

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 119:145-176 (Morning)
Psalm 128, 129, 130 (Evening)
2 Kings 22:14-23:3
1 Cor. 11:23-34
Matt. 9:9-17

De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! This beautiful Psalm 130 has been set to music by many composers including, especially, Mozart. When the choir sang it I thought, though, that it was something else because it was so beautiful. Last month I wrote about Loss, but this time I find myself in a requiem. And how could such a young person as Mozart know about death? Well, of course, we all know.

When my husband died, Holly Gash sang a secular piece he loved called Hymn to the Moon by Dvořák from the opera Rusalka. But this beautiful Psalm 130 expresses everything my husband listened for in a language of yearning: steadfast love and peace “more than watchmen wait for the morning.”

Holding our breath together we hope with that unknown psalmist in this poetry that has reverberated over the ages.

Written by Rebecca Newth Harrison

Rebecca Newth Harrison is an author and attends St. Paul’s as well as sings in the choir. Her husband, John Harrison was Dean of Libraries at the University of Arkansas and an avid opera fan. He died in 2003.

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