My latest composition, Justorum Animae, was used as a meditation for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during solemn vespers. The text is meant as the offertory antiphon for the feast of All Saints – but you will find it familiar – as it is often used as the first reading for funerals.
Justorum animae in manu Dei sunt,
et non tanget illos tormentum mortis.
Visi sunt oculis insipientium mori,
illi autem sunt in pace.
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and the torment of death shall not touch them.
In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die;
but they are in peace.
We pray for our dead in the month of November, and so it was particularly moving to conduct this at Vespers on November 22nd for the feast of Christ the King – which also happens to be the feast of St. Cecilia – the patroness of the St. Cecilia Consort, the ensemble that performed this.