The Wages of Sin is Death – J.S. Bach, Cantatas 186, 107, and 187, at Trinity VII

Righteousness: “the quality of being morally right or justifiable.” We are not, here, dealing with self-righteousness, with its elements of hypocrisy, unfounded certitude, and unassailable superiority. The Christian Scriptures present the concept that the Christian God is righteous, and being righteous is equivalent to being just, that is, one who is “morally right and fair;”…

The Moral Worth of Riches – The Cantatas of J.S Bach – BWV 75, 20, and 39, at Trinity I

Bach begins each of his five cantata cycles at the start of the second half of the Lutheran liturgical year, the 27 Sundays after Trinity, which deals with faith doctrine, whereas the first half deals with the life of Christ, from Advent to Trinity, which is the Sunday after Pentecost. Cantata 75 (1723), Die Elenden sollen…