This month is already flying by! Are you feeling it?
I have to make extra effort to SLOW DOWN. Otherwise this crazy month will run me over like a train. The consumer chaos is such the antithesis of Advent, which is a quiet season of waiting. Nowadays I make a commitment to practice mindfulness and self care, especially during the month of December.
One of the ways I practice my Advent is by listening to music.
I have been listening to my favorite Bach piece: the Magnificat. This is a classical piece using the text of the Canticle of Mary, which is found in the Gospel of Luke (LK 1: 46-55). Mary has always been very special to me. Growing up post-modern Catholic, I often felt a disconnect with the church leadership, but always felt that Mary understood me. Thus summer I had the opportunity to visit the Blessed Virgin Mary room in the Vatican Museum, and was moved to tears.
I adore this setting because it is so delightfully classical: many soloists and a chamber orchestra featuring lovely instruments as the flute, oboe, and clarinet alongside the lovely soprano and alto arias, lilting melodies with beauteous descending phrases and waves which seem to never end (I’ve performed two of these arias, it’s hard to find the right place to catch a breath in some of these songs!) And yet there are still the bigger chorus numbers with excitement and syncopation and tympani.
Here, my friends, is a lovely scrolling score, if you wish to enjoy the magic that is Bach’s Magnificat. Bach’s Magnificat score on youtube