St. Mark’s Passion

Last Sunday (Palm Sunday) we immersed ourselves in the Passion according to St. Mark. Bach composed a setting for Mark’s Passion, just as he did for Matthew and John.  The latter are more frequently performed because, well, the music for Mark’s Passion has been lost.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped intrepid musical sleuths who have succeeded in reconstructing various performing versions through a combination of research and creative imagination.  Here’s a version that’s beautifully done, but the sound suffers from a bit distortion here and there.

Contemporary Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov has written a magnificent version of la Pasión según San Marcos, which, unfortunately, is readily available online only in bits and pieces. These snippets are well worth your time to watch, and will whet your appetite for more.


Author: tomwelbers

I have been a Catholic priest for nearly fifty years, most of that time serving in parish and college campus ministry. I also have professional degrees in theology and liturgy, as well as institutional management, and continue avidly to explore pastoral theology, Scripture, liturgy, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and spiritual direction. I have a passion for sharing insight into our Christian heritage through teaching, writing, and leading pilgrimages, especially to Early Christian World sites in Turkey. Now actively retired from parish ministry, I live at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.

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