Fratres – Good Friday

Every year, I listen to Arvo Pärt’s Fratres on Good Friday. Pärt, an Orthodox Christian, conveys in this piece a sense of horror and beauty that seems to me so fitting for this holy day.

This is the first time I’ve heard it on piano. The more familiar, frantic violin & strings arrangement leads me to reflect on Christ’s suffering in taking on our sin, while the purity of notes in the piano version makes me think of His triumph over death and evil.


  1. I love the painting and the music placed together – the combination of the two art forms allows our mind to focus on Christ. It’s a poignant thought to know that he was thinking of us through it all. “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:2
    Great post!

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