Wait for the Lord

While this is mainly a technical blog, some posts, such as this one will feature other topics.

I recently joined my Church’s choir, and we have a very talented music director, Àbner Campos. Singing is a great mood-enhancing activity for me. I always feel great after singing with others. Àbner introduced me to the piece Wait for the Lord, which originates from a protestant monastic Christian community called Taizé. Taizé is a village in the south of France. I searched Youtube and Spotify for recordings of this piece and found many very nice versions on both platforms. This recording is the one I wish to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_XwvwyD2vo

We have a very repetitive piece, one which helps me to get into a peaceful, almost meditative state. There is an element of simplicity in the music which you may or may not like, almost like the composer meant it for children, or for a child-like faith. The clarity of the choral singing is spectacular. The track also features a very nice flute/saxophone accompaniment. Words are of consolation and of hope.


The lyrics are so simple:

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near
Wait for the Lord, keep watch take heart.

Likely inspiration for the lyrics

I will share two quotes from the Christian ‘good news’, which inspires the lyrics. Here, Jesus is speaking to his followers:

Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

You can find a reference to ‘taking heart’ in another quote from the Christ

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world.

The Christ Statue @First

One last comment on the picture at the top of this post.

The picture is of a statue of the Christ showing him with his arms open. The pose is like one giving a blessing. You can find the statue at 116 Bond Street in downtown Toronto. It is a replicate/copy of a Danish sculptor’s work created in the late 1800’s post-gothic style. In the fall, on specific days, light falls through small triangular windows near the ceiling, and illuminates the Christ. The picture does not do justice to the light, one just must see it in person.

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