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Come to our Lenten Concert!

posted Mar 5, 2012, 3:12 PM by Steven Vaughan
This Wednesday, March 7, the students of Immaculate Heart of Mary School will present a brief, 45-minute Lenten Concert at 6:00 PM in the church!  Utilizing what they’ve learned about music as well as the hand percussion and handbells you so generously donated, pre-K 4 through 5th grades and the band will perform music about the Lenten experience from a young person’s point of view. 

As you listen to an instrumental version of Ashes, you’ll be invited to reflect on the words you hear on Ash Wednesday, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

Somebody’s Knockin’ On Your Door comes from a time when slaves were just beginning to hold their own church services.  The faithful would sing this spiritual accusingly to anyone they thought should come to a revival meeting.  Eventually, its call to repent led the Church to adopt it as one of its Lenten hymns, which appears as #136 in Breaking BreadKum ba yah, is a phrase in the Gullah language from the Creole slaves on the South Carolina coast.  It means “Come by here,” and is a call for human and spiritual unity; closeness and compassion. 

Just as we wait and look forward to Easter, the Pre-K 4 students will share their High Hopes for the opening of St. Joseph the Worker Academy.

Short songs, repeated over and over, give singing a meditative quality.  They allow everyone to take part in a time of prayer together.  The beauty of human voices united in song gives us a glimpse of “heaven’s joy on earth,” as the Taizé community says.  Experience this as the entire assembly is invited to sing and pray together, Jesus, Remember Me

And the 5th grade and I will present a biblical sonata for organ, percussion and narration.  Combining different sounds, we’ll present the story of Noah, which we heard on the first Sunday of Lent.  So in the true spirit of the season, “give up” a little of your time for these talented students and support their efforts!
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