5. Christi Glieder, ach bedenket

From Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn, BWV 132

Johann Sebastian Bach
b minor
39 measures

German text

English translation

Christi Glieder, ach bedenket,
Christ’s members, ah, consider,
Was der Heiland euch geschenket
what the Savior has bestowed on you
Durch der Taufe reines Bad!
through the pure bath of baptism!
Bei der Blut—und Wasserquelle
Through the spring of blood and water
Werden eure Kleider helle,
your garments will become bright,
Die befleckt von Missetat.
which are stained from sin.
Christus gab zum neuen Kleide
Christ gave as new garments
Roten purpur, weiße Seide,
crimson robes, white silk,
Diese sind der Christen Staat.
these are the trappings of the Christian.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • Based on “a libretto from Salomo Franck’s cycle Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer” (Dürr 2005, 88)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Philippians 4:4–4:7; John 1:19–1:28


  • Violino solo
  • Alto
  • Continuo: Organo


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