Use: Lent, Triduum
Required Resources: SATB choir
Vere languores ("Surely he hath borne our infirmities") is a splendid text for all of Holy Week, particularly Good Friday.
Coming from the Fourth Suffering Servant Song in Isaiah [53:4-5], it shows the Messiah's suffering and eventual exaltation as he atones for the sins of the world.
In his mainly homophonic setting, Mark Siebert uses a variety of dynamics to portray the drama of the lyrics, ranging from pianissimo to fortissimo.
The key is b minor, the vocal ranges are comfortable and the style is quite consonant.
This is an effective contemporary addition to any SATB choir's Holy Week repertoire!
The text is translated as follows:
Surely he hath borne our iniquities and carried our sorrows:
and we have thought of him as afflicted.
But he was wounded for our iniquities,
he was bruised for our sins:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him,
and by his stripes we are healed.