Trinitatis VIII

Bach Cantata Day Information:
Trinitatis VIII or 8th Sunday after Trinitatis

8th Sunday after Trinitatis. Liturgical period : Ordinary time II.

Occurrences: July 21 2024, August 10 2025, July 26 2026, July 18 2027, August 6 2028, July 22 2029, August 11 2030, August 3 2031, July 18 2032, August 7 2033, July 30 2034, July 15 2035, August 3 2036, July 26 2037.


Music for this day

  • Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz, BWV 136
    (first performance 18 June 1723, Leipzig period)
  • Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178
    (first performance 30 July 1724, Leipzig period)
  • Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist, BWV 45
    (first performance 11 August 1726, Leipzig period)


Trinitatis VIII is the 8th Sunday after Trinitatis. Three cantatas for this day.

Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz, BWV 136, is from the first cycle, so only a few months after Bach arrived in Leipzig. He found out that the requirement for a weekly cantata (or more often) was a serious burden for a composer, especially if the cantatas were expected to be in two parts, one part before and one after the sermon. So he created a series of slightly simpler cantatas, for which he also used older compositions as inspiration.

Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178, is from the second cycle, so it's a chorale cantata. This cantata is based on a hymn from 1524 by Justus Jonas (1493-1555), preacher, professor and colleague reformer of Martin Luther.

Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist, BWV 45, dates from 1726, when Bach did not write a weekly cantata anymore. Just like last Sunday, this cantata is based on a text by Duke Ernst Ludwig von Sachsen-Meiningen, who wrote a series of cantata libretto's in 1705. These texts were used previously by Bach's cousin, Johann Ludwig Bach, but he liked the texts so much he wrote 7 cantatas based on these lyrics.


Trinitatis VIII is the 8th Sunday after Trinitatis. Three cantatas for this day.

Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz, BWV 136, is from the first cycle, so only a few months after Bach arrived in Leipzig. He found out that the requirement for a weekly cantata (or more often) was a serious burden for a composer, especially if the cantatas were expected to be in two parts, one part before and one after the sermon. So he created a series of slightly simpler cantatas, for which he also used older compositions as inspiration.

Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 178, is from the second cycle, so it's a chorale cantata. This cantata is based on a hymn from 1524 by Justus Jonas (1493-1555), preacher, professor and colleague reformer of Martin Luther.

Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist, BWV 45, dates from 1726, when Bach did not write a weekly cantata anymore. Just like last Sunday, this cantata is based on a text by Duke Ernst Ludwig von Sachsen-Meiningen, who wrote a series of cantata libretto's in 1705. These texts were used previously by Bach's cousin, Johann Ludwig Bach, but he liked the texts so much he wrote 7 cantatas based on these lyrics.

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WBC49-Trinitatis VIII or 8th Sunday after Trinitatis

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Image of the day

The Bach glass window in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.

The Bach glass window in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.