The Latin lyrics of Lux Aeterna are drawn from historical Christian texts used in liturgy, prayer, and chants. The five movements of Lauridsen’s choral piece are “Introitus,” “In Te, Domine, Speravi,” “O Nata Lux,” “Veni, Sancte Spiritus,” and “Agnes Dei—Lux Aeterna.” Lux Aeterna premiered in 1997, performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
IN GRIEF, OUR CONSULATION Study Questions
• Makoto Fujimura describes how the music of Lux Aeterna
provided comfort in the wake of 9/11 through its expression
of deep lament and enduring hope. When has music, art,
or another experience helped you to journey through deep
lament or darkness?
• On Holy Saturday, Jesus was dead and buried. What do you
imagine Jesus’ disciples and friends might have felt, wondered,
• Read John 11:33–36. Shortly before his own crucifixion,
“Jesus wept” when his friend Lazarus died. What does this
show us about Jesus and his compassion toward human
• Lux Aeterna calls the Holy Spirit “thou best of consolers.”
Read 2 Corinthians 1:3–5. How does Jesus’ own suffering
on the cross shape our experience of suffering? How does
God provide “comfort” (or “consolation” in the NRSV) in
• Fujimura references kintsugi pottery, a traditional Japanese
art form in which broken pieces are mended together with
beautiful veins of gold. How can this art form help us picture
what it means that Christ mends us to make new?
• Read John 1:4–5. What helps you cling to the light of Christ
even in experiences of darkness? How can you support others
who are currently journeying through a dark season?