The second and third songs are sung in a more triumphant fashion, utilizing the full chorus singing in voice parts. Here the chorus really shines as these 14 monks fill the church with robust chords. The next one is a call and response that begins with exquisite two-part harmony, that is answered by the full chorus, singing with soft dynamics.
At around 12:30 in the video featured above, the monks begin a chant in full voice that stopped us in our tracks. The way their voices continue to grow and rise through the melody is breathtaking. The performance displays the intensity of the faith of each member of the choir and is bound to inspire all congregants present.
Language does not matter in the face of such transparent devotion. Every year we try to add a few more Christmas tunes to our collection, filling it with the best we can find while avoiding some of the less-desirable holiday tunes . The list is getting pretty full of […]
A beautiful Celtic version of Silent Night
Emer Barry and Affiniti (Link to youtube channel)
Irish singers Emer Barry and Lynn Hilary met in college – two ‘small voiced’ sopranos training in classical voice and opera. While Emer pursued opera, Lynn embraced the more natural, Celtic style of singing and became a soloist with Celtic Woman. Emer remained in the Opera world for a time, studying with English National Opera and performing small roles in Ireland. However, Emer and Lynn reconnected through their love of creating Celtic and classical crossover music (Emer with Affiniti and Lynn with CaraNua) and decided to record something special together, a unique version of Silent Night, sung in Irish and fused with Brahms Lullaby.
Gentri (Link to youtube channel)
We live in a world where we are sometimes prone to judgement. Perception becomes our reality. In our haste, we can jump to false conclusions and opportunities to lift and lighten the loads of others are lost. As we allow the light of Christ to work miracles within our own heart, we then are empowered to work wonders in the lives of others. May His perfect example of love and compassion for all guide us in our own charity towards those around us this Christmas season and always. Please help us #LIGHTtheWORLD by tagging and sharing this video with those you love.
A special thanks to the YWCA of Salt Lake City and our wonderful fans and fellow actors who helped us portray this message of hope and healing.
Bringing the joy of Advent and the promise of Christmas into the marketplace, some 150 Thomas Aquinas College students descended on Ventura’s Pacific View Mall on the first Saturday of December to stage a choral “flash mob.”
After stealthily gathering around the mall’s Christmas central lobby — by the Santa Claus photo center — the students simultaneously burst into song. They began with “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “O Come, All ye Faithful,” and then concluded with a rousing rendition of “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” The mall’s surprised customers and employees seemed to delight in the performance, stopping whatever they were doing to take in the music, to sing along, and to cheer afterward.
Organized by sophomore Giorgio Navarini, the yuletide event is fast becoming a regular College tradition. Last year’s inaugural “mob” was so widely and well received — generating nearly 50,000 views and coverage from EWTN’s World Over — that students were especially enthusiastic about doing it again, preparing in their spare time for weeks in advance
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest:
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.