Something for the weekend. Adagio for Strings (1936) by Samuel Barber. It gets my vote for the most powerful piece of music to come out of the last century. It perfectly mirrors my feelings of anger, despair and hope as I view the current miseries of our poor betrayed Church. We have Christ’s assurance that the Gates of Hell will not prevail, but that does not mean that the Church collectively will not have many crosses to bear, and we are doing so today. Outside enemies we know how to confront; the pain today is the internal enemies that join the money changers of the time of Christ to sell the sacred and the simple believers. May God have mercy on them and us.
Here is the Agnus Dei (1967) rendition: