Be Still for the Presence of the Lord," sung by St. Philips Boys Choir, who went on to become Angel Voices who in turn became Libera. The soloist is Liam O'Kane. Enjoy :-).
I'm in the mood for some of Libera's singing how about you? Ralph Skan took the solo for 'The Song of Life' singing with his usual clarity and commitment. Video and text are both below the fold. Enjoy :-)
I remember very clearly the first time I saw Cogniet's "Massacre of the innocents". Cogniet's paintings can be a bit mannerly but there's nothing polite or bland about terror and Cogniet's depiction of a terrified mother desperately trying to keep her child quiet lest they be discovered by Herod's soldiers as they massacre all the male children under the age of two in Bethlehem captures some of the essence of terror. Who can doubt looking at that poor woman's face that she is out of options and out of luck and that she knows in her heart of hearts that she and her son are next. In all the years since I first saw it Cogniet's painting has stayed with me as a referent for the words "terror" and "atrocity". Luther famously remarked that Christmas takes place 'in the shadow of the Cross' what he was getting at was that while the story of the Nativity celebrates the joy of Jesus' birth it also tells of terror, flight, and the horror of infanticide.
I love Daren Geraghty's beautiful performance of this song popularised by Enya and searched for it on YouTube. It's a lovely song that Enya sang very well but for me her performances are eclipsed by Daren Geraghty's reserved yet compelling rendition recorded in 1996 for Libera's album "Angel Voices 2". Video and lyrics below the fold. Enjoy :-).