Good Friday Lenten Cantata
Floris UMC Proudly Presents The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois
Friday, March 29 at 7:30 PM
You are invited to come and enjoy a worshipful experience on Good Friday through this beautiful music with soloists, choir, and an orchestra.The Seven Last Words of Christ was composed in 1867 by a French composer and organist Theodore Dubois. The Seven Last Words of Christ is presented in eight movements: an introduction for soprano and orchestra followed by a movement for each word of Christ from the cross. Composing for the Catholic church, Dubois used traditional texts from the Roman Catholic Holy Week liturgies to add meditations on the scriptural account. The opening soprano solo is the O Vos Omnes traditionally sung at Tenebrae services. In the Third Word, Christ words to Mary, his mother, are combined with the 13th-century sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa; in the Fourth Word, Christ anguish at being forsaken by his Father is combined with the liturgical text Omnes Amici Mei. At the end of the Seventh Word, Dubois concludes his sacred cantata with a hymn-like setting of the medieval antiphon Adoramus Te, Christe. This serene hymn, much like a chorale at the end of an 18th century cantata, provides the listener with a foretaste of the resurrection after the compelling drama of the Passion story.