Charpentier's _Méditations_ for Lent, staging the Passion of Christ, are taken from various sources: biblical, liturgical... Between the different parts of his sermon the orator would pause for the performance of_ petits motets_. And that was probably how Charpentier's _Méditations pour le Carême_ were presented. The writing is very sober: the pieces are short, they use limited forces and priority is given to declamation. But what ardent emotion, with heart-rending accents and tormented harmony!