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…