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Membra Jesu Nostri

Membra Jesu Nostri (The Limbs of our Jesus), BuxWV 75, is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by Dieterich Buxtehude in 1680.

The full Latin title Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima translates to "The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus".

The main text are stanzas from the Medieval hymn Salve mundi salutare – also known as the Rhythmica oratio – a poem formerly ascribed to Bernard of Clairvaux, but now thought more likely to have been written by Medieval poet Arnulf of Leuven (died 1250).

It is divided into seven parts, each addressed to a different part of Christ's crucified body: feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart, and face. In each part, biblical words referring to the limbs frame verses of the poem.

This meditative service will largely consist of this work, with prayers before and after. 

The service is sung by the Fitzhardinge Consort. 

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