The Gospel for Quinquagesima, Set to Music in French

The Gospel for Quinquagesima is on this wise:

“Gathering the Twelve round him, Jesus said to them: “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem; and there everything that is written in the Prophets will be done to the Son of Man. For he will be given up to the Gentiles, mocked, insulted and spat upon; They will scourge him, and then put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again.” The Apostles did not comprehend any of this; his meaning was unintelligible to them, and they did not understand what he was saying. As Jesus was getting near Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road-side, begging. Hearing a crowd going by, the man asked what was the matter; And, when people told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing, He shouted out: “Jesus, Son of David, take pity on me!” Those who were in front kept telling him to be quiet, but he continued to call out the louder: “Son of David, take pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. And, when he had come close up to him, Jesus asked him: “What do you want me to do for you?” “Master,” he said, “I want to recover my sight.” And Jesus said: “Recover your sight, your faith has delivered you.” Instantly he recovered his sight, and began to follow Jesus, praising God. And all the people, on seeing it, gave glory to God.” Luke 18:31-43, Positive Infinity New Testament.

The French “Xian folk” group Les Reflets set the second part of this in their song Un aveugle à Jéricho, in their album De l’abondance du coeur, la bouche parle (For what fills the heart will rise to the lips.)  Download both the song and the whole album; it’s an outstanding piece of “Jesus music,” whose appeal transcends both language and even religious (or lack thereof) persuasion.

Note to my Pentecostal friends: I’m sure you’ve been mystified by all of this “Sexagesima” and “Quinquagesima” and the “Collects” that have inhabited this site lately.  They’re tied with the traditional Anglican liturgy, embodied in the 1662 and 1928 Books of Common Prayer.  To keep up with this on a more consistent basis, some websites (such as the Ohio Anglican Blog, see this) proclaim the collects, epistles and gospels for each Sunday.

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