For Catholics today is one of those ‘get-your-tushi-to-church’ days (i.e., a holy day of obligation) in honor of Mary. As shared yesterday, her ‘yes’ to God is definitive for all who believe in Jesus (no matter what denomination) because without her faithfulness there would be no Christmas. Some folks complained because we have to go to church twice this weekend (I went to a beautiful vigil service last night) but what an opportunity – to worship God twice! in one weekend!
Onto a song for this feast day (and Saturday of Advent…)
As a longtime Andrea Bocelli groupie, watching his performance of “Fall on Me” last month with his son, Matteo, orbited my spirits right up on high. (If you missed the video’s rounds on Facebook, you can click here to see it.)
When his new album entitled “Si” subsequently came out, my brother Dwight gifted it to me as an early Christmas pressie – an inspirational gift enjoyed multiple times. (Dwight intimated this CD may need to take a vacation in an undisclosed location, as he suggested years ago for the first Josh Groban CD.)
So many favorites but here’s a YouTube of one that’s been on constant replay, “Gloria The Gift of Life,” that Andrea sings with the Voices of Haiti choir (a special project of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation & the Saint Luc Foundation in Haiti.)
“Saint Augustine said that ‘he who sings prays twice.’ It is my hope that the music on this album will offer listeners the good company of a good tune to follow, but also that it may be a chance to pray together. Good music can teach us about beauty and fellowship, and can open up our hearts and minds to higher thoughts.” Andrea Bocelli (liner notes, ‘Si’)
Listening to it now brings back precious memories.
If you have a chance to give it a watch, it’s a wonderful celebration.
Virginia : )