Messe en l’honneur des martyrs modernes / Mass in Honor of Modern-Day Martyrs

A Latin mass in honor of those who have suffered martyrdom for Christ in modern times. Scored for SSAATTBB choir and organ, the score is available on request; please contact the composer for more information. (The sound files below are merely the computer playback. Total length: approximately 26 minutes.)

Brief Outline:

Kyrie — On earth, the faithful cry out for the Lord’s mercy as they face persecution and martyrdom. The low D drone (or ison), set under a minor key, signifies their seemingly unending plight, all the while keeping faith in our Lord Christ to deliver them from all adversity.

Gloria — The scene switches to the now-glorified saints wearing their martyrs’ crowns while surrounding the throne of God and proclaiming His glory and their victory over Christ's enemies.

Credo — Back on earth, the faithful continually affirm their unwavering belief in the Holy Trinity and in Christ's church, and also in the ultimate victory over all adversaries.

Sanctus — Heaven and earth join together in praise to God.

Benedictus & Agnus Dei — Both the Church Triumphant and the Church Militant know the peace of God which passes understanding. In the final section (“Dona nobis pacem”) the low D drone reappears, this time set under a major key to symbolize how God can turn even evil into good and trials into peace.

Kyrie (3:30)
Gloria (5:02)
Credo (7:37)
Sanctus (2:50)
Benedictus (2:28)
Agnus Dei (4:14)
Copyright © 2017 by John Craton

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