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Friday, 23 March 2018

Friday In Passion Week. The "Stabat Mater". Prepare For Good Friday.

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English: "The Crucifixion". 
Church of Jesus, Genoa, Italy.
Svenska: "Korsfästelsen". 
Chiesa del Gesù. Genua.
Artist: Simon Vouet (1590–1649).
Date: 1622.
Source: Originally from sv.wikipedia;
description page is/was here.
Author: Simon Vouet.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Stabat Mater Dolorosa, often referred to as Stabat Mater, is a 13th-Century Catholic Hymn to Mary, variously attributed to the Franciscan, Jacopone da Todi, and to Pope Innocent III. It is about The Sorrows of Mary.

The Title of the sorrowful Hymn is an Incipit of the first line, Stabat mater dolorosa ("The Sorrowful Mother Stood"). The Dolorosa Hymn, one of the most powerful and immediate of extant Mediaeval poems, meditates on The Suffering of Mary, Jesus Christ's Mother, during His Crucifixion.

It is sung at The Liturgy on The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Dolorosa has been set to music by many composers, with the most famous settings being those by Palestrina, Pergolesi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Domenico Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Haydn, Rossini, Poulenc, and Dvořák.

The Dolorosa was well-known by the end of the 14th-Century and Georgius Stella wrote of its use in 1388, while other historians note its use later in the same Century. In Provence, France, about 1399, it was used during The Nine Days Processions.

As a Liturgical Sequence, The Dolorosa was Suppressed, along with hundreds of other Sequences, by The Council of Trent, but restored to The Missal by Pope Benedict XIII, in 1727, for The Feast of The Seven Dolours of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

"Stabat Mater"
(The Mother Stood),
Composer: Pergolesi.
Performed by 
Andreas Scholl and Barbara Bonney.
Available on YouTube at

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