It Is Finished

sprach er:
[Jesus] said

Es ist vollbracht!
It is accomplished!

30. Aria Alto
Violino I/II, Viola, Viola da gamba sola, Continuo
Es ist vollbracht!
It is accomplished !
O Trost vor die gekränkten Seelen!
What comfort for all suffering souls!
Die Trauernacht
The night of sorrow
Läßt nun die letzte Stunde zählen.
now reaches its final hours.
Der Held aus Juda siegt mit Macht
The hero from Judah triumphs in his might
Und schließt den Kampf.
and brings the strife to an end.
Es ist vollbracht!
It is accomplished!

Music is a Gift of God

Here is an enjoyable documentary about Paul Gerhardt, a masterful writer of hymn texts. Gerhardt was a confessional, faithful Lutheran pastor who suffered mightily, and born out of that suffering are some of the greatest hymns of comfort the Church now possesses. While this documentary is light on theology, it helps introduce Gerhardt’s life and features several beautiful performances of his hymns.