Thursday, January 22, 2009

In Memoriam - January 22

By Mitchell

A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled,
because they were no more.

(Matthew 2:18)

Roe v. Wade was decided 36 years ago today. It is the human rights scandal of our nation's history; the loss we have sustained over these years - the loss of life, the loss of our spirituality, the loss of our own humanity - is impossible to measure, too staggering to comprehend. And so we pause for a moment of reflection, with two pieces from Fauré's magnificent Requiem. First, the Sanctus, performed by the choir of King's College.

And here the In Paradisum.

May angels lead you into Paradise;
may the martyrs receive you at your coming
and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
May a choir of angels receive you,
and with Lazarus, who once was poor,
may you have eternal rest.

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