Music Corner


Updated:  May 20, 2019


Surrexit Pastor Bonus, Michael Haller (1840-1915)
St. Catherine of Siena Choir, May 12, 2019

This literally translates 'Risen is the Good Shepherd,' which makes it an ideal musical setting for the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  This particular Sunday in the Easter Season is often referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday due to the references to Jesus as the Good Shepherd that are found in the readings and Gregorian chant propers of the day.

The full text of this motet (a sacred piece of choral music) in both English and Latin is included for you to read as you listen.  Did you notice the exuberant, joyful nature of the music, especially in the 'Alleluia' section at the end?


Surrexit pastor bonus,
qui animam suam posuit pro ovibus suis,
et pro grege suo mori dignatus est. Alleluia.

Risen is the good shepherd,
who laid down his life for his sheep,
and for his flock deigned to die.  Alleluia.


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Jerry Kavinski, M.M., Director of the St. Catherine of Siena Choir

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