This Week’s Song:
Back in 1845, Richard Wagner wrote Tannhäuser, an opera version of the medieval legend about a German knight from the the 15th century.
The opera brought back memories of medeival Catholic Europe and helped revive German nationalism.
The story is about the struggle between lust and love, and redemption through God’s forgiveness.
Tannhäuser travels to Rome and seeks forgiveness for his sins from the Pope.
As he approaches the city, he sings:
“Once more with joy O my home I may meet
Once more ye fair, flowr’y meadows I greet
My Pilgrim’s staff henceforth may rest
Since Heaven’s sweet peace is within my breast.
The sinner’s ‘plaint on high was heard
On high was heard and answered by the Lord
The tears I laid before His shrine
Are turned to hope and joy divine.
O Lord eternal praise be Thine!
The blessed source of Thy mercy overflowing
On souls repentant seek Ye, all-knowing
Of hell and death, I have no fear
For thou my Lord are ever near.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! For evermore…”