Lux Aeterna

Lux Aeterna

Lux Aeterna

Today, or maybe I’d better say ‘yesterday’ by now, is All Saints Day in the tradition of Western Christianity.  In the Reformed tradition of my church denomination, the saints of the church aren’t specially chosen out from everybody else for sainthood, but  are all followers of Jesus, past, present, and future.  In other words, anyone whose cell phone rang, caller ID said ‘Jesus’, and the person answered anyway.  Or something like that.  In our church we remember all those who have died in the past year and we honor all the saints of the church who have helped shape our better selves.  Our choir sang the contemporary five-movement choral piece “Lux Aeterna” by the American composer, Morten Lauridsen.  The title means “Light Eternal”.  We have a most amazing choir, so the music was terrifically inspiring.  As I listened to the Latin words and studied the English translation, the tone clusters and waves of sound washed over me and I visualized how the music could look.  I thought about the interval of a second, which was prominent.  I thought about rocking rhythms, quietness, boldness; all of which I heard.  I thought about “let perpetual light shine upon them” and “Hear my prayer, for unto thee all flesh shall come.”  I thought about “come, Holy spirit, send forth from heaven the ray of thy light.”  I came home after lunch and chose and cut tesserae (little hard things).  I mixed blue cement and started drawing with my tiles and glass.  Here it is, one o’clock in the morning and I have finished.  I probably have a lot of interpretations of “Lux Aeterna” in me, but this is the one that emerged today.

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