May 1961

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"Dear Brother:

You were probably busy at 9:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning when the television set brought a beautiful choir concert from the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross at Boston, Massachusetts. The high point of the program undoubtedly was the Bach setting of "Christ lag in Todesbanden." It was sung with precision, spirit, understanding and pro found reverence. Suddenly I remembered that about ten years ago I had written somewhere: "Confronted by Bach the twentieth century man must be bewildered. The gap between the Rhapsody in Blue and the Mass in B Minor is too great. But even more tragic is the amazement of the modern mind when it is confronted by Bach, the man of faith."