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J. S. Bach: Cantata No.106 11/14/09

November 14, 2009

I had a chance to hear this powerful cantata at our church few weeks ago. The performance was fantastic in both instruments and vocals. It was 1st time for me to hear this cantata, and was deeply moved. It is obvious that this piece was written for the funeral, possible for his uncle? The music is beautiful, and especially the text is really deep and hopeful. I chatted with some people in the audience after the performance, and we agreed that we would like to have this music to be played at our funeral. I am not expert of copyright, but I think it should be OK to introduce this text in English below. I think it is hopeful to everyone.

God’s time is the very best time.
In him we live , move and are, so long as he wills.
In him we die at the right time, when he wills.

Ah Lord, teach us to think
that we must die
so that we become wise.

Put your house in order
for you will die
and not remain living.

It is the old covenant:
Man, you must die.

Yes, come, lord Jesus. come!

Into your hands I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, Lord, you faithful God.

Today you will be with me in paradise.
With peace and joy I travel there
in God’s will,
my heart and mind are confident,
peaceful and calm.
As God has promised me:
death has become my sleep

Glory, praise, honour and majesty
be given to you God father and son,
to the holy spirit by name!
God’s strength
make us victorious
through Jesus Christ. Amen.