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Musician Appreciation Night

posted May 3, 2015, 5:36 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated May 3, 2015, 5:36 PM ]
This Monday, May 4th, at 7:30 pm, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Music Commission will sponsor its annual Musician Appreciation Night right here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church! It’s an evening of singing hymns, with some brief readings in-between. The guest speaker will be Sister Maryanne LoPiccolo, Vicar for Religious as we celebrate A Year of Consecrated Life.

The editors of VISION Vocation Guide and the National Religious Vocation Conference commissioned composer Steven Warner (who wrote the Mass of Charity & Love we sing during Lent) to write a song in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life. The result, Wake the World With Dawning Joy, celebrates the unique and ancient form of discipleship that is known as consecrated life and, inspired by the words of Pope Francis, urges us to continue to wake the world with our witness.

Originally published in 1971, When In Our Music God Is Glorified is probably one of the only hymn texts that explains the reasons for church music while simultaneously offering "alleluias" to God. The verses deal with our humility in performance; the aesthetics of musical worship; the history of church music; a biblical model for music and wraps up quoting Psalm 150.

Sacred Creation is based on “The Canticle of Brother Sun” by Francis of Assisi. But not all the hymns will be new to you. We’ll also sing favorites such as Here I Am, Lord: I Am the Bread of Life; Sacred Silence, Tell the Good News and We Are Called.

Please join members of the Music Commission as we sing these hymns. It’s quite an honor to be selected to host this special event, so I hope you can join us and show support for our musicians and our parish!