Baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (The Most Holy Limbs of Jesus) will be performed by the Blessed Sacrament Schola Cantorum and Baroque Orchestra on period instruments this Friday, March 25. This piece, often named as the first Lutheran oratorio, consists of seven short cantatas, each meditating on the seven parts of Christ’s crucified body: His feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart and head.
The text for this oratorio was written by St. Bernard of Clarivaux; Buxtehude set the text for a string ensemble, harpsichord and five viola da gambas (a Baroque cousin of the cello). Admission is free and open to the general public.
Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri
When: Good Friday, March 25, 12-3pm
Where: Blessed Sacrament Church (5050 8th Avenue NE)