15 Aug, 2018

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

15 Aug, 2018

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Evotional - August 15, 2018

by Wil Smith

You’re probably familiar with Bach’s beautiful chorale setting, played at weddings and even memorial services. It’s a typical chorale where the chorale melody is sung in 4 parts over a pastoral moving line of triplets played by strings, oboes, and trumpet.

This setting is actually the final movement of the Bach cantata, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (“Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life”). The cantata is based on two Bible texts: Isaiah 11:1–5 which prophesizes the coming of the Messiah; and Luke 1:39–56, which includes the Visitation and Song of Mary.

Listen to the video posted above, and pray upon the translation of the chorale:

Jesus remains my joy,
my heart’s comfort and essence,
Jesus resists all suffering,
He is my life’s strength,
my eye’s delight and sun,
my soul’s love and joy;
so will I not let Jesus
out of my heart and sight.

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