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;”…

Miniature of Christ's entry into Jerusalem. Early 14th century processional. From a female Dominican house in Strasbourg. (Courtesy: Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe, Germany.)

From Darkness into Light – The Advent Cantatas of J.S. Bach – BWV 61, 62, 36, and 132

Sunset consummates the radiance of day, and revives the desire for happiness. Salvation is a secular act of preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil; and brings about the consequent state of being saved. In theological interpretations, this takes the form of redemption through deliverance from sin; this deliverance incorporates the intervention of an agent…

Caravaggio - David with the Head of Goliath (1610). The face of Goliath is Caravaggio's. The face of David is Cecco, the painter's studio assistant and lover whom he abandoned for Malta.

Cantata Text Booklet for the Holy Days – Caravaggio’s Dagger VI:7

I was asked this afternoon about the origin of the relationship between the painter Caravaggio and my book. The painter’s way of life and how he depicted life in his work constitute one of the exemplifications of abandonment of right action. This exemplification is stated expressly in the concluding Taxonomy in poem VII, “Cantata Text Booklet for…

Country Market, St. George, NB (Courtesy: peggybacher.blogspot.ca)

Bach and New Brunswick Bricks and Berries

Tuesday, 20 March 2007, 8:21 am, St. Stephen, NB Long day; twelve hours straight. Protective canopy in place over the sidewalk, as pieces of brick persist in raining down from the façade of the 19th century building that now houses the town hall. S.C.’s house flooded, once again, this time to the basement doorknobs. Senior management meeting…