Monday, January 18, 2010

For Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti on Martin Luther King Day (Music for Mondays)

Posted by Webster 
Later today I will be posting at some length about “New York Encounter 2010,” a series of cultural events sponsored by Communion & Liberation. This has been going on in New York City over the three-day weekend and concludes with one final event this morning at 10 a.m. Last night, as part of the Encounter, I witnessed a screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” with a live musical accompaniment by the Communion & Liberation choir and the Metro Chamber Orchestra. Here is the penultimate sequence in the film, in which Joan reverses her recantation and—beautifully—receives communion before her execution. The music is from “Voices of Light” by Richard Einhorn, which was written to accompany the film and played live in its entirely last night.

The next clip has been making the rounds. I found it at Daily Grace. There’s a reason it’s been making the rounds—another one of those musical collaborations that might have been unthinkable when I was a teenager: Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, a Gospel choir, and our Holy Mother!

I think we have to pick up the pace. Here’s a happy clip Frank found—just in case anyone doubted our sympathies at YIM Catholic!

I saw this final clip when it was first screened on prime-time TV a day or two after 9/11. In those terrible days following the terrorist attack in New York, it was moving to realize that the world was praying for us; this clip told me that the world’s greatest rock band was praying for us too (“from London”). I hope our brothers and sisters in Haiti know how much we are all praying for them now in these terrible days. Whether they know it or not, our prayers are heard.