+Seraphim (seraphimsigrist) wrote,


First our photo is of the tower of Riverside Church seen
beyond Union Seminary looking up 121 st. The blossoms allow
the scene to seem like that of a new city, resurrectional,
eternal, implicit within what is simply factual. sorry fo
the slightly fancy expression (someone would say it just
'looks nice and Springlike') but that allows us to bridge
to ...Mahler's symphony #2 and its theme of resurrection
expressed supremely in the choral conclusion of the final
fifth movement.

1. A friend who recently played in a performance of this
symphony writes:
""Then appears the glory of God! A wondrous, soft light
penetrates us to the heart—all is holy calm! And behold—there
is no judgment—there are no sinners,no just. None is great,
none is small. There is no punishment and no reward. An
overwhelming love lightens our being. We simply know...
and are!"


3.here are Mahler's words for the chorale

" O believe, my heart, O believe:
Nothing to you is lost!
Yours is, yes yours, is what you desired
Yours, what you have loved
What you have fought for!

O believe,
You were not born for nothing!
Have not for nothing, lived, suffered!

What was created
Must perish,
What perished, rise again!
Cease from trembling!
Prepare yourself to live!

O Pain, You piercer of all things,
From you, I have been wrested!
O Death, You masterer of all things,
Now, are you conquered!

With wings which I have won for myself,
In love’s fierce striving,
I shall soar upwards
To the light which no eye has penetrated!

Die shall I in order to live.
Rise again, yes, rise again,
Will you, my heart, in an instant!
That for which you suffered,
To God will it lead you!"
—Gustav Mahler

today in Eastertide just this...
to the side
note at beginning of april we put a photo of the same
place with perhaps a rather different feeling of the
implicit to the eye:
Wise Heraclitus of Ephesus's words that we never come
twice to the same place...
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April 30 2014, 08:26:47 UTC 1 year ago

the photo with the blossoms is just transcendant. and cinematic -- i could see it being the closing frame of a film, i feel like the camera would be drawing away from it, but i could also imagine a scene in which it drew closer before entering the church and closing on the scene within.


April 30 2014, 09:38:28 UTC 1 year ago

beautiful picture!
This is an unusual end of April where I am - everything flowering at the same time (apple trees, lylac, cherries, plums, magnolias... )