After the Sabbath Was Past

August 29, 2010 | 13 comments

I need to do a new post to test some settings here at the new host, and what better way than to share what I believe is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written? I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Dum Transisset Sabbatum (After the Sabbath Was Past)


When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”

And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back — it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here.”

Mark 16:1-6


  1. Emily D.

    Oh, how much do I love John Taverner? A LOT. I sang his “Song for Athene” in all-state choir when I was in high school and it was divine! 14 part chords! Bliss!

  2. The Itch

    Have you listened much to Thomas Tallis? If not, I’m certain, based on this selection, that you’d adore his work.

    • Jennifer Fulwiler

      Yes, I LOVE Thomas Tallis. I’ve created a channel based on his music on Pandora radio and listen to it all the time. SO beautiful.

  3. Brittany

    Beautifully done. Congratulations. I love the new site design.

  4. Leah

    I love early polyphony. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Christine

    A lovely piece of music! Thanks for posting!

  6. Eva

    That was lovely. I listened to it in bed last night, and it put me to sleep! Had to wake up and move the computer and put children back in their own beds, of course, but still, was relaxed temporarily!

  7. Martha

    Thanks you for posting this piece. I’m assuming that the work is by the 16th century John Tavener and not the contemporary John Tavener born in 1944.

  8. Con O Sullivan

    Hi Jennifer
    The music is beautifull. I love it, I would ask you to listen to the music of William Byrd. William worked when it was very hard for him and his fellow Catholics during the terrible anti Catholic regime of Elizabeth, and afterwards King James.He stayed faithfull to his Catholic Faith untill his Death.
    He did write much music for the Protestant Church, but his finest music he resrved for his beloved Catholic.
    John Tavener Motet beautifully tells us what the true heart of our Faith is the Ressurection of Jesus

  9. Gregaria

    I love this! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  10. June Bostick

    Your post about grace shows how we wrestle with God’s call to all -“He is not willing that any should persish…but that all should come to repentance through Jesus Christ”.
    The wonderful truth of the Glory of His resurrection was beautifully illustrated in the art and music link.

  11. Carolyn

    This piece is so beautiful Jennifer- thank you for sharing! 🙂

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