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.

YouTube Preview Image

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!

YouTube Preview Image

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!

YouTube Preview Image

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.

YouTube Preview Image

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02243579752950295851 Daily Grace

    Awesome post!Great ending clip…does music get better than U2, some might think so,but not me!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    And the Joan of Arc clip was played to live music? Wow! I hope you had some tissue with you Webster.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04545510194367389333 Stefanie

    My 17-year old daughter and I were amazed at the Joan of Arc clip. Thank you! We have listened to the Voice of Light cd for a few years, but had to imagine what was happening (film-wise). By the way, my daughter chose Joan of Arc as her confirmation name three years ago, based upon the Voices of Light music…and the tapestry portrayal of Joan at our Los Angeles Cathedral…

  • Webster Bull

    Stefanie,Is that the tapestry that illustrates the cover of My Life with the Saints by Fr. Jim Martin? And has your daughter read St. Joan of Arc by Vita Sackville West? If not, get it somewhere.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04545510194367389333 Stefanie

    Webster,Yes, that is the tapestry on Father Jim's "Saints" cover. Joan is so humbly portrayed — not the white armour Joan. She is clothed in a different 'armour'…of her baptism robe. She is not looking toward the altar (and the lifesize crucifix), but downward as if she doesn't dare look upon the altar, the crucifix.No, haven't read Vita Sackville West. Thanks for the recommend!

  • Webster Bull

    Stefanie,I may be coming out to LA in June for a nephew's graduation and will put the cathedral on my list of sights to see!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04545510194367389333 Stefanie

    Gosh, I'd love to meet you there and give you a personal tour. Seriously. Or I could just send you the tour guide I created (in full color) for our RCIA folks. It's where they have their Rite of Election with the Cardinal every Lent.

  • Webster Bull

    Stefanie, As time passes and without violating anyone's privacy, I would like to meet some of the readers of this blog when opportunities come up, so if you want to be in direct touch about this, click on my name here and it will lead you to a direct e-mail link. I expect to be in LA around the date of the graduation 6/11/10.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04545510194367389333 Stefanie

    Webster — my daughter and I finally watched the entire film last night — it was on TCM. Even though we had both 'worked' at church for four full days (me with RCIA, she as our parish sacristan), we were spellbound by the film which ended (PST) after midnight this morning.And I've not forgotten your June visit. I'll get in touch with you closer to the date for our tour.

  • Webster Bull

    StefanieI am planning on flying in on Thursday 6/10 and leaving probably on the Red Eye Saturday evening 6/12. Saturday morning might be best for a tour.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    Sorry to butt in here on the conversation, but a friend was disparaging that cathedral. I don't think she herself has been there. But she said it had pagan architecture etc. etc. I looked it up online and it looks beautiful.Is the tabernacle visible? Does it have a centrality and place of honor? That is a bigee with me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04545510194367389333 Stefanie

    Webster — sounds super — I have a free calendar that day– I'll email you closer to June.Allison — Many absolutely detest it. Because of the money involved, many detest that. And it does little good to remind the detesters that our churches needn't look like replicas of European cathedrals. And that many non-Catholics, including the Jewish community, poured their money into the building of this cathedral. It was always meant to have a triple impact — upon Catholics & Christians, upon non-Christians, and upon the general tourist. The very doors of our cathedral tell you that straight off. And aren't we supposed to be helping everyone towards a belief in one God…and that maybe that God was born of a human woman…and maybe that woman is more powerful than the sun and moon…and yet maybe that woman is humble and inviting you to look beyond her to Someone greater…and that the shocking image of this Someone greater is that of One who is scouraged and beaten and is nailed on a cross — a cross close enough to embrace with your own hands?That's our cathedral's story.Like our Catholic Church, I have come to appreciate it. The RCIA folks and their godparents/sponsors/families never fail to connect strongly to all it symbolizes.I think it resembles something you would see in the Holy Land — the windows are all of alabaster. It respects the OT and NT scriptures in so many ways. It is very much the historical "Los Angeles" in its exterior…because it looks like a belongs in a place that needs water. Native Los Angeles was desert-like — and then Boulder (now Hoover) Dam and Mulholland brought us water in the last century. I was born in Los Angeles itself and my people came from Sinaloa, Mexico in 1914…and from Denmark and Iowa and the Cherokee. So I appreciate all our cathedral has to speak to my ancestors…and to my predecessors.The tabernacle, however, is something else again — I've not yet been given the graces to understand the exterior tabernacle! Of course, I well know that our Savior is within, so that alone makes the Tabernacle Holy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    Stefanie: Thanks for providing your perspective. What is an "exterior tabernacle?" The tabernacle is outside, not inside the cathedral? I am confused

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04545510194367389333 Stefanie

    Allison, as I was just now re-reading this several hours after I wrote it, I realized that was confusing!The tabernacle is yes, inside the cathedral, but unfortunately, this Blessed Sacrament's tabernacle's "outer shell" symbolism I don't quite understand.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X