The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia
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The Stoning of Saint Stephen by Adam Elsheimer
Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we
Witness for Jesus, man of fruitful blood,
Claudio Monteverdi. Lapidabant Stephanum [The Stoning of Stephen] Motet for three voices, SV 207; published in Sacrae cantiunculae tribus vocibus, Venice: Angelo Gardano, 1582. Gérard Lesne, Josep Benet, and Josep Cabré.
Lapidabant [Lapidaverunt] Stephanum invocantem et dicentem: Domine Jesu Christe, suscipe [accipe] spiritum meum.. Positis autem genibus clamavit voce magna dicens: et ne statuas illis hoc peccatum. Et cum hoc dixisset, obdormivit in Domino.
And they stoned Stephen who, calling upon God and saying: Lord Jesus Christ, receive my spirit. And he knelt down, and cried with a loud voice, saying: do not lay this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he slept in the Lord.
May the Lord, who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.