On my way to the Tower of David free museum day last Thursday I first went in to see the new Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Book Shop near Jaffa Gate and say Mabruk (mazal tov) to the manager.
He invited me to come back in five hours and attend the launch of a very special DVD.
A Greek Orthodox priest just happened to be standing under the book store sign that I wanted to photograph.
The poster shows the DVD and give some details about the music and the project.
You can click and read the enlarged version.
A few minutes after 5:00 pm the VIPs from the Eastern churches began arriving.
We are most honored to invite you
to the presentation and projection of excerpts of the DVD of the
September 22, 2012 Gethsemane Concert (World Premiere) of the
for baritone and soprano soloists, mixed choir with four voices, flute and string orchestra and twelve Church representative singers
by Armando Pierucci, ofm.
The man with his hand on the arch from the sound system crew had to climb that ladder several times, trying to convince the laptop with a blue screen to actually project the DVD.
The gathered Greek, Armenian, Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopian, Melkite, Franciscan, and Latin clergymen sat patiently and politely waited.
Maybe they were praying for a computer miracle . . .
His Beatitude Theophilos III seems to be such a good man.
The official title of the Patriarch of Jerusalem is
His Most Godly Beatitude, the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Syria, Arabia, beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion, Theophilus III.
Here he stood with Swiss Veronique Nebel, prime mover for this "cultural project born in Jerusalem, inspired by liturgical pieces from twelve different Christian musical traditions, a call for increased mutual awareness between the churches and for the respect of religious freedom."
Following the premiere in Jerusalem the concert was given in Geneva at the United Nations, in the cathedral of Milan, and in Matera.
You will enjoy hearing and seeing the premiere that was in the Garden of Gethsemane.
A short video recap of the performances in Geneva and Italy.
Meet the composer/organist in this video.
An article from the Custodia is here .
The composer, Armando Pierucci, a Franciscan Father, said "Music helps us rediscover our roots when Christians praised God with one voice."
(Linking to Our World Tuesday.)