Throughout history, the Song of Songs has been a divisive text in liturgical contexts. With its passionate, often erotic symbolism, it has been construed as a metaphor for earthly love, for the love of Christ for the world, for the relationship of the church to God, and so on.
One of its most prominent images is that of the bride being led into a loving paradise. For nuns, whose veiling ceremonies were intimately connected with the ideas of a "spiritual marriage" to both the church and Christ, this book and its related paraphrases were a wellspring of inspiration.
In Christ Church Cathedral, originally founded by St Frideswide as a convent, we'll present music by composers including Aleotti, Cozzolani, and Rusca that explores themes of love, marriage, and devotion.
All the proceeds from this concert will be donated to Homeless Oxfordshire, a local charity that provides accommodation, food, and services to some of Oxford's most vulnerable people.