Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist : Beatus vir, qui timet Dominum

Today is the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.  St Matthew is the patron saint of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, stock brokers, tax collectors, customs officers and security guards : people who need his and our prayers as much as anyone else, despite what the newspapers say.

The gradual set for Mass today is "Beatus vir, qui timet Dominum".  This text has been set to music many times, by Gorecki, Vivaldi, Mozart and others, but perhaps one of the most well known settings is by Claudio Monteverdi.

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he delights exceedingly in His commandments.His seed shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the righteous shall be blessed.

Saint Matthew, pray for us.

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