STOP THE PRESSES: Young people sing in the Illinois State Capitol

Posted March 22, 2019 5:13 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

STOP THE PRESSES: Young people sing in the Illinois State Capitol

I have written about the
breath-taking,
throat-choking,
eye-blurring
composition of Philip Stopford, “Lully, Lulla, Lullay”.
This is the “Conventry Carol” about the Holy Innocents, a carol in some ways so heart-piercing that it seems out of step with Christmastide, except that the joyous season embraces also Childermas, and that the wood of the crib foretells the wood of the Cross.
The words of this lullaby of perfect pain are:
Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Herod, the king, in

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