Music of Holy Week: Wednesday

At the Name of Jesus; Tune: King’s Weston (1925) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958); Text: Caroline M. Noel (1817–1877) The Introit for Wednesday of Holy Week is taken from the great Christological hymn found in the second chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians: At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, for the Lord became obedient to death, death on a cross: therefore Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (cf. Phil 2:10, 8, 11) The Philippians hymn speaks of the utter humility of the Son in emptying himself of divine glory in order to “take the form of a slave” so that he might redeem humanity. The nineteenth century hymn At the Name of Jesus provides a sustained meditation on the name of Jesus inspired by the words of St. Paul. In contemplating the name of Jesus—the name by which humanity is saved (cf. Rom 10:9), the name through which we have a share in … Continue reading Music of Holy Week: Wednesday