ASCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS
Some celebrated the feast of the Ascension on Thursday. Others will celebrate it this coming Sunday. Here’s an enchanting piece of choral music that can facilitate your own ascension, transporting your mind, spirit, heart and soul, beyond and above what might be shackling you at present. Listen. Surrender to the flow.
Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Coelos Ascendit Hodie” takes anonymous words from the Cowley Carol Book and sets them in a joyful a cappella anthem for two choirs: each assertion of Christ’s triumph by one choir is answered with an “Alleluia!” by the other, ending in a majestic “Amen.”