Nowhere is this more evident than in the music appointed for the End Times: the last four weeks of the Church's year of grace. During the last weeks of ordinary time, the attention of the faithful is turned to the parousia, the return of Christ at the end of time to judge the living and the dead. The readings of the lectionary invite us to examine our ways of living and dealing with God and one another. The ultimate realities of human existenceThe Four Last Things: death, judgment, hell, and heavenare the subjects of our contemplation during these weeks of late November.
Subtitled Music for the End Time and featuring a broad spectrum of music from Gregorian chant to the composers of the twentieth century, Sing the God of Ultimate Justice's selections convey the thoughts of the Church concerning the Four Last Things with beauty and insight. Far from being "music for a funeral," this recording puts Christ's gospel of justice into its eternal and cosmic context.
J. Michael Thompson is the director of music ministry at St. Peter's Church, where he is the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum. He has been a pastoral musician and liturgist for twenty years, as well as a composer, author, and a noted promoter of the Liturgy of the Hours and Gregorian chant in contemporary parish situations.
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