Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Norman!!"

What a busy and long day it was, and the week isn't over yet. If work doesn't kill me I am certain that graduate school will get around to doing it. While I was finishing up some homework I was able to squeeze in the first episode of Bates Motel starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. It's very interesting so far, and after only seeing one episode I am unable to make a definitive judgment, but so far the performances are good, and the psychological underpinnings quite fascinating. I haven't seen Psycho, but it is only my list of things to see. It definitely does accurately display the affect an unhealthy relationship a mother can have with her son and the other way around as well. Well 14 more days until Christmas and today we have Panis Angelicus which I didn't really get introduced as a Christmas song until a few years ago, but depending on who is singing it, it is truly a remarkable song. Below, www.wikipedia.org provides some very interesting factoids on the song:

Panis angelicus (Latin for "Bread of Angels" or "Angelic Bread") is the penultimate strophe of the hymn "Sacris solemniis" written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the feast, including prayers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
The strophe of "Sacris solemniis" that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music separately from the rest of the hymn. Most famously, in 1872 César Franck set this strophe for tenor voice, harp, cello, and organ, and incorporated it into his Messe à trois voix, Op. 12.
Other hymns for Corpus Christi by Saint Thomas where sections have been separately set to music are "Verbum supernum prodiens" (the last two strophes begin with "O salutaris Hostia") and "Pange lingua gloriosi" (the last two strophes begin with "Tantum ergo").

Panis angelicus                        Bread of the Angels
fit panis hominum;                         Is made bread for mankind;
Dat panis cœlicus                    Gifted bread of Heaven
figuris terminum:                     Of all imaginings the end;
O res mirabilis!                      Oh, thing miraculous!
Manducat Dominum              This body of God will nourish
Pauper, servus et humilis.       The poor, the servile, and the humble.

Te trina Deitas                       Thou Triune God,
unaque poscimus:                   We beseech;
Sic nos tu visita,                     Do us Thou visit,
sicut te colimus;                     Just as Thee we worship.
Per tuas semitas                     By Thy ways,
duc nos quo tendimus,               lead us where we are heading,

Ad lucem quam inhabitas.      to the light Thou dwellest in.

Alrighty I am very sleepy and therefore I am going to go to sleep. God bless everyone, have pleasant dreams, and have a great week. And if you live in a region where it is cold and snows, don't turn into a popsicle.

Friar Alessandro singing "Panis Angelicus"

Bates Motel trailer and interviews

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