This Sunday’s Music: Sunday II of Lent

Phew! We’re one full week into our Lenten sacrifices, and just as whenever we make changes in our lives, it seems to be getting a little harder to stay faithful to our Lenten promises, eh? Like all commitments, though, if we employ faith and some good ol’-fashioned discipline, we will come out of this stronger than we thought we could have. But… ALL of New York City is preparing to enjoy St. Patty’s Day. Did you know that the Sundays of Lent, because ALL Sundays are “Easter” in their own right, are technically not considered Lent? That’s how we get forty days and not forty-six. Sooo… you’re technically allowed to have those sweets and beer today. But stay strong, Christian soldier!

Maybe, the music at SFDS this week can help pick us up a little. You can also check out our music in our weekly Youtube playlist: (… pssst! And make sure you subscribe to our channel as we continue to build it!)


This will now be our third time — well, second if you HAD to go elsewhere on Ash Wednesday — singing our Lenten Processional hymn from Missa Spei Viventis.

Atténde, Dómine, et miserére,
Quía peccávimus tibi.
(Hearken, O LORD, and have mercy,
For we have sinned against Thee.)

It’s probably starting to get a little easier singing this mantra every week, ain’t it? Well, it’s definitely easier than the original Gregorian chant!


You probably remember David Haas’ setting of this Psalm, but today we at SFDS get to enjoy the gospel setting by Rawn Harbor. In our Gospel reading, we recall the Transfiguration of the Lord before a few chosen among His Apostles. In this Scripture passage that we read every second Sunday of Lent, we are reminded of how we, too, will be glorified when we meet our Maker face-to-face, and we will shine bright in His glory. He is our light and our salvation!


“And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering.” (Luke‬ ‭9:29‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

So we read today in complement to our Second Reading from the New Testament. One day, truly we shall behold His shining face in glory. What more shall we want? Enjoy this Mahalia Jackson classic, which you can find above.


I think we’ve noticed a certain theme in the message and the imagery on Transfiguration Sunday, no? We, citizens of heaven, are merely pilgrims in this barren land and await our return home to glory. Go to our Youtube playlist above and check out this fairly recent arrangement by Trey McLaughlin of these beautiful lyrics.


“I’m so glad He changed me.” Continuing with this transfiguration theme, we sing this deeply meditative song by Tramaine Hawkins. Not just on the Final Day but every time we come to the celebration of the Eucharist, we leave “changed” and glad for His transformation of our souls. Did you know that “Eucharist” means simply “thanksgiving” in Ancient Greek? The word for “thank you” in Modern Greek (ευχαριστώ) is, fittingly, still similar to “Eucharist.” So, let us give thanks unto the Lord for His goodness. As we sang in our Psalm today, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalms‬ ‭27:13‬ ‭KJV).‬‬


Today, we wrap up our celebration with a classic from the canon of African-American spirituals. In the Gospel, we read: “While He thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear Him” (Luke‬ ‭9:34-35‬ ‭KJV‬‬). Especially during Lent, as we make our journey toward Resurrection Sunday, we are encouraged to be ever more attentive to the beckoning call of our Lord. Gentle and sweet is His call. Hush! Ssshhhh… be still and take the time to listen to Him. Hear Him. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling.