January 19, 2013

Heart of Christ

Refuge From Our Strife

Heart of Christ, first published in 1955 was written by Fr. Melvin Farrell, S.S. It is sung to the 1715 tune, Stuttgart by Lutheran organist, composer Christian F. Witt (1660-1716). When Witt's health failed, a 31 year old JS Bach (1685-1750) was commissioned to substitute for him during Passion Week as Kapellmeister in the Court Chapel of Gotha. It is thought that the work performed was Bach's lost "Weimarer Passion". In the Liturgy of the Hours, Heart of Christ is used on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Tune: Stuttgart

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