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  • Title: FaithArts - Religion and the Arts
    Descriptive info: .. Faitharts.. Home.. News.. Blog.. Films.. Poetry.. Drama.. Music.. Articles.. Books.. Video Clips.. Links.. Newsletter.. Contact.. Welcome to Faitharts, a.. website for those interested in the relationship between religion and the arts, especially the popular arts, and especially in relation to education.. The perspective is Catholic and Irish, and its particular audience is religion  ...   area will find something useful or thought provoking.. Editor: Brendan O'Regan, teacher of English and Religion.. Rublev Icon.. This version Kathleen Anderson.. Kathleen Anderson's Website.. here.. Workshops available for teacher groups and parishes.. Click.. Check out the Faitharts.. P.. reviews of Upcoming TV/Radio programmes.. Video clips.. (Broadband needed).. Featured this week:.. IEC2012 Daily Blog..

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    Descriptive info: For previous News items click here:.. News Archive.. News -.. Last Updated 18/7/2012.. Glenstal Tour.. Glenstal 2012 Tour, Tuesday July 24th to Thursday July 26th.. Theme: The Story of St.. Nicholas.. Highlights of this tour will be Colmán ÓClabaigh OSB interpreting Holy Cross Abbey and The Rock of Cashel, Mark Patrick Hederman on Dame Alice Kyteler in Kyteler's Inn and sharing his fascination with St.. Nicholas in Newtown-Jerpoint, a walking tour of Medieval Kilkenny on the Wednesday night and Nóirín Ní Riain enchanting with haunting songs and hymns from the time.. The hallmark of this pilgrimage as always will be the group experience and the accompanyment of friends from Glenstal.. There are three separate 'packages' in response to some people who cannot take part in the whole event: 1) the whole 3-day experience, incl.. 2xD and 3xB&B; 2) 1xDxB&B in Kilkenny on wed/thu and the wed night/thursday experience and finally 3) the day experience on thursday.. If anyone else is interested in participating in any of these packages, they would need to make contact fairly soon as accommodation will be a problem.. Contact info@carpediem.. ie or info@culturaltoursireland.. com or click.. for more info.. Dublin Gospel Choir.. Dublin Gospel Choir will play at the Dun Laoighaire Fusion Festival on Sun 29th July at 5 pm, in The People's Park, and at The Electric Picnic on Sunday 2nd Sept at 12pm.. Elation Ministries.. Elation Ministries will play at the following summer festivals: Jul 28th 2012, Knock Youth Festival, Knock Shrine, Co Mayo Aug 9th 2012: Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Clonmacnois, Co Offaly.. Beauty in Art.. A Renewal of Beauty in Art - a Catholic Understanding of Beauty in Art.. is a new book by artist Fintan Tracey.. It is a book of essays from Tracey's time studying this topic at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham.. There are illustrations from some of his own work which was displayed at the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, June 2012, as well as consideration of the work of other artists.. The book includes detailed notes and bibliography.. Copies of the book are available from Fintan Tracey, 18 St Anthony's, Laytown, Co.. Meath for 10, including postage.. Email contact: shamrockflair@gmail.. com.. Aifreann Muire na nGael.. Liam Lawton has written a new Irish Mass setting for the revised missal.. Following the success of The Glendalough Mass, Liam has composed a Mass setting in a very Irish style, which highlights the beauty of Irish melody and language.. Written for Soloist and Choir it is also very suitable for Irish instruments as will appear on the recording.. Aifreann Muire na nGael celebrates one of the great Irish Saints, St.. Brigid of Kildare, the 5th Century saint affectionately known as Mary of the Gael.. She is also the patron saint of the Diocese of Kildare &Leighlin where Liam ministers.. " I wanted to compose a Mass setting that celebrates the life of one of our great saints but also to celebrate the beauty of Irish music form.. So the Mass setting has pathos, joy and melodic tones that are unique to our beautiful and rich culture.. " Along with arrangements for Soloist, Choir and Instruments, participants will also receive a backing track which will enable them to learn the Music with the help of the recorded Irish instruments, which will be very useful in Church, school or other settings.. The Mass will be published in September and a number of Workshops throughout the country are being arranged.. Further details will be on.. www.. liamlawton.. The Priests in Concert.. The Courtyard Concert - An Open Air Musical Evening with The Priests and Wexford Soprano Alison Doyle.. Fri 3rd August Our Lady's Island, Co.. Wexford.. Adm 27.. 50.. Tickets from Our Lady's Island Parish Office (053-9131023) and shops in Wexford, including Babooshka, North Main St and Blazing Embroidery, Crescent Quay.. More info at.. http://www.. ourladysisland.. ie/.. Hopkins Summer Festival.. This year sees the 25th Hopkins Festival July 21 - 27, 2012, in the Theatre, Newbridge College.. The festival promotes the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins through poetry, music, film and art.. This year's poets attending include: Sen Sudeep (India) Salah Niazi (Iraq) Tomas Kafka (Czech Republic) Robert Simonisek (Slovenia) Dermot Healy (Irl) Desmond Egan (Irl) Diarmuid Johnson (Wales) Michael Woods (UK) Donald Gardner (Netherlands) Alfred Yuson (Philippines).. Musicians include Frankie Gavin and Michelle Lally, Hans Palsson (Pianist) Sweden, Diarmuid Johnson, Flute.. There will be a film premiere:.. The Wreck of the Deutschland.. Dir.. Shane MacGrath, and workshops with Michael Woods (Creative Writing) Conor Mahony, (Guitar).. There will be numerous speakers and book launches.. For more info and booking:.. gerardmanleyhopkins.. org/.. Knock Summer Festival.. The Knock Summer Festival is for all people between the ages of 17-30.. It is a chance to come away and experience something different.. Hundreds of young people will join together on July 28th for a day with a difference.. Drumming, Gymnastics, Elation Ministries, Trocaire, Magis, inspiring speakers, practical workshops, celebration of the Eucharist, chill out time, a chance to meet new people.. Explore what ONE: Love, ONE Community, ONE: Body means.. knock-shrine.. ie/youthfestival/.. Elation Ministries - New Album.. Still I Know.. is the second album from Elation Ministries, well known for their parish retreat work around Ireland.. These are self-penned songs with scriptural themes by members of the group.. The group will play in the Youth Space for the International Eucharistic Congress in June (see below).. For more information including sample tracks and videos of performances see their website.. elationministries.. Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course.. This course is now in its 31st Year, and takes place this year 12th-18th August at the Dominican centre in Knockadoon, Co.. Cork.. The purpose of the course is to assist young adults in music ministry, especially in contemporary church music and liturgy.. It is an experiential week, where the young participants learn new music, are introduced to new instruments, and join in the Liturgy of Morning and Evening Prayer.. There's plenty of fun and entertainment as well.. The minimum age is 13, the cost is 190 Euro.. Tutors this year include Ian Callanan, Liam Lawton, Boby Fischer and Paul Tate.. For more information see video on left, and contact Aisling Reigh, Director, Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course, 24 Ferns Crescent, Ferns Bridge, Monasterevin, Co.. Kildare.. Email: info@knockadoon.. net, web:.. knockadoon.. net.. , Facebook:.. facebook.. com/knockadoon.. Jesse Box.. The Jesse Box is a new initiative to help parents tell Bible Stories at home, but could also be used with younger children at school.. The method is based on drama and imagination, using Bible figures that the children help to make.. Story kits are now available for the Nativity and Easter, and there are support materials available online to those who purchase the kit.. For more details see video clip above or go to.. jessebox.. Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel.. There's a 365 degree.. online.. virtual tour of the artwork of Michaelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.. New CD.. Your Face O Lord.. is a new CD by Domican Sister Ann McGovern.. Sr Ann, a soprano, sings with Our Lady's Choral Society.. Liturgical composrer Ian Callanan was involved in the recording which is available fromthe Dominican Sisters in Ireland.. There Be Dragons Film.. There Be Dragons.. is a new film by Roland Joffé (.. The Mission, The Killing Fields.. ), is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.. There's an associated.. website.. with resources related to the film.. In part it features some key moments in the life of St Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.. It aims to promote a message of forgiveness, finding peace with the past and overcoming inner dragons.. THE IMDB Entry for the film is.. Faitharts review of the film.. Christmas CD from Redemptorist Choir.. A Christmas Blessing.. is a new CD from the Redemptorist Choir at Mount St Alphonsus in Limerick city.. This is their first ever CD.. The album features the Redemptorist Church Orchestra , Tom Rozario on organ & piano as well as solos from Eugene O' Connor and both Ellen & Conor O' Hara, all under the direction of their conductor and musical director Brian O' Regan.. The 12 track album contains Christmas classics like O Holy Night , Walking in the Air and Angels We Have Heard on High as well as more contemporary carols such as the Shepherd's Pipe Carol , Candlelight Carol and A Christmas Blessing.. "A Christmas Blessing" is selling for 12 and is available to buy at the Redemptorist Shop at Mount St Alphonsus on South Circular Road.. The choir will be singing at the Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick, on Saturday the 10th of December from 11am - 1pm where the album will also be for sale.. For further details please call (061) 318352.. The choir normally sings at the 12 o'c Mass every Sunday (can be viewed by webcam at.. novena.. ie.. or.. churchservices.. tv.. ) and the CD will also be available at the Sunday Masses leading into Christmas.. More Christmas Albums.. Some Christmas albums newly released:.. A Christmas Carole.. by Carole King (see mini-review on blog) - familiar secular songs for the most part, with some originals by Louise Goffin, King's daughter, and on the spiritual side Do You Hear What I Hear and Chanukah Prayer ;.. Libera: The Christmas Album.. , spiritual and secular Christmas songs from this popular boy-choir, including Once In Royal David's City , Oh Holy Night and White Christmas ;.. Christmas.. by Michael Bublé, secular songs primarily, but also with Silent Night and Ave Maria.. Limerick CD.. Christmas - A Journey of Hope,.. is a new CD from a group of priests and lay people in Limerick, including Fr Tony Mullins, Diocesan Administrator and member of the Sagart priests group from the 1980's.. The music will be performed in St John's Cathedral on Fri Ded 16th.. The CD costs 15 from St John's and the Abbey Book Store.. More info.. Christmas Stamp.. An Post has launched a Christmas stamp featuring Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus on the way to Egypt.. It's based on the painting Flight into Egypt by Dutch painter Jan de Beer.. New Book/CD from Lyric FM's Gloria.. Published by Associated Editions,.. An Introduction to a Millennium of Sacred Music.. , features art from Irish collections it also includes a CD of the finest recordings of Christmas music from the Hyperion catalogue.. This is a companion book for Lyric FM's Gloria programme, broadcast for many years past on Sunday mornings, and presented by Tim Thurston.. The Book/CD package can be ordered.. At this link there are also links to podacasts and information on previous programmes.. Liturgical Arts Group.. The Vatican is establishing a new commission for liturgical art and sacred music linked to the Congregation for Divine Worship.. The body will study church architecture projects and look the music used at Mass.. Portlaoise Choir CD.. The Portlaoise Contemporary Choir have released a CD In Praise to mark the occasion of their tenth anniversary.. The choir is the Contemporary Choir who sing at the 12.. 30pm Mass in St.. Peter & Paul s Church, Portlaoise.. The CD In Praise is a culmination of 10 years Music Ministry in Portlaoise and some favourite of the choir and congregations favourite tracks feature on it Knowing You , You Are Mine and Stand By Me to name but a few.. Their repertoire is mostly from contemporary liturgical composers such as Liam Lawton, David Haas, Tom Kendzia and Graham Kendrick.. The CD costs 10 Euro and is availablr from Portlaoise Parish Centre.. Death of Jessy Dixon.. Renowned gospel singer Jessy Dixon died on Monday 26 Sept 2011 at the age of 74.. He was best known in secular circles for collaborations with Paul Simon, but he had a huge career in gospel music.. For a New York Times article on his passing click.. Film: Soul Surfer.. The faith based film.. Soul Surfer.. , starring Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid, opens in Irish cinemas on 23rd September.. It tells the true story of a young girl who rises to the top of her sport after a vicious shark attack.. The.. US Catholic News Service review.. has this to say about it: Directed by Sean McNamara ("Raise Your Voice"), 'Soul Surfer' is that Hollywood rarity: a film that is not afraid to talk about God or to show a happy, well-adjusted family that makes faith its foundation.. Steven D.. Graydanus at.. Decent Films.. writes:.. does nearly everything you expect it to, but it does it more likably and satisfyingly than you might think it would.. Pope Speaks of Finding God in Art.. At a recent meeting with English speaking pilgrims in Rome Pope Benedict had his to say: Today we reflect on the need to draw near to God through the experience and appreciation of artistic beauty.. Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God.. Dear friends, I invite you to be open to beauty and to allow it to move you to prayer and praise of the Lord.. May Almighty God bless all of you!.. New Book from Sr Wendy.. Real Presence - In Search of the First Icons.. , is a new book by Sr Wendy Beckett, famous for her art programmes on BBC.. This book looks at early icons of Christ, including from a time in the Church's early history when icons were frowned upon and even suppressed by some in the Church, especially Byzantine Emperor Leo III who clashed with Pope Gregory who issued a document in defence of icons.. For a detailed review of the book click.. Music CD from Trim.. Songs of Praise @12.. 30.. is a new CD from a group of singers in Trim, Co.. Meath.. The non-profitable, limited-edition CD features some of the town s most recognised soloists who have recorded hymns and spiritual anthems that have been heard at the Sunday 12.. 30pm Mass since music was re-introduced to that Mass.. The performers are Teresa Carley, Gwen Bagnall, Sarah Canny, Sarah Heary, Clare Murphy and Frank Foley.. Songs include.. Stand by Me, Only in God, The Deer's Cry, Voice of an Angel.. and more.. The CD is on sale at Veritas from 25th July, and due for launch at the 12.. 30 Mass in Trim on Sunday 24th July.. [corrected 22/7/11].. Poetry Website.. Emptiful Vessels.. : This site features the poetry of Fr Seamus Devitt CSSR, a poetic priest of the Redemptorist Order.. A wide variety of spiritual topics is covered, and the site layout is attractively simple and uncluttered.. 60 Artists Celebrate Pope's Anniversary.. 60 artists have donated mostly original works of art for the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Pope Benedict XVI.. These include composer Ennio Morricone.. Of Gods and Men on DVD.. Of Gods and Men.. - the award winning French film about monks in Algeria being harassed by local extremists is available on DVD/Blu-Ray from Mon 11 February.. It was nominated for a BAFTA Award and won the Signis Award.. for Best European film of 2010.. (.. SIGNIS is the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media.. ).. It includes many scenes suitable for Religious Education classes.. For the Faitharts review of the film click.. New John Michael Talbot Album.. Due for release in June -.. Worship and Bow Down,.. Talbot's first studio album in over 2 years, 17 tracks with rich, orchestral arrangements and multi-layered choral background harmonies.. Includes John Michael Talbot's new Mass of Rebirth in a beautiful "Contemporary Chant" style (New Roman Missal Translation!).. The album can be pre-ordered.. New film: Cristiada.. Due out later in 2011,.. Cristiada.. is a feature film about resistance to the enforced secularisation of Mexico in the 1920's.. Andy Garcia plays one of the leaders of the resistance, while Peter O'Toole plays a pacifist priest.. The film is directed by Dean Wright who worked as visual effects executive producer on the.. Lord of the Rings.. and.. Narnia.. series.. Sacred Music and the Young.. Sacred music has a universal appeal, but a particular attraction for young people, according to a monsignor promoting a concert series in Roman basilicas.. Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, who is vice president of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, and the commissioner of the artistic agency A Voce Sola, was speaking about a music festival that will take place in St.. John Lateran and the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles on the last three Wednesdays of April.. For the full story see.. Zenit newsagency article.. Zenit also has a.. related article.. on cris and hope in sacred music.. Stations of the Cross for Our Time.. Kildare and Leighlin Diocese has provided a Powerpoint and accompanying text of the Stations of the Cross.. The original art works of the Stations of the Cross that accompany each written reflection are the work of Ken Cooke and are from the Church of St.. George the Martyr in Newbury.. The presentation is.. and the booklet.. Scripture Sharing for Lent.. Kildare and Leighlin Diocese has launched a Scripture Sharing for Lent 2011 booklet.. The accompanying artwork is from the enamels of Irish artist.. Anne Murphy.. For more information and ordering click.. Passionist CD.. Love Casts Out Fear.. is a new CD of sacred music from the Passionist order.. This initiative is in aid of their Building Fund for Crossgar Monastery in Co.. Down.. A donation of £10 + £1.. 50 postage and packaging is suggested.. To request CD please contact Eilish at 028 44830242 or Email:.. secretary@tobarmhuirecrossgar.. Award for Of Gods and Men.. The film.. (see below) has won the SIGNIS Award for Best European film of 2010.. Director Xavier Beauvois' film tells the story of Cistercian monks under threat from Islamist extremists in Algeria.. The film, as of early February 2011, is still running at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.. More info and booking.. Spirit Radio Launches.. Ireland's first national Christian Radio station launched 27/1/11.. Music plays a prominent role in the schedule, and will include specificaly Christian music as well as positive and uplifting secular music.. Frequencies: On FM in Dublin 89.. 9 - Limerick 89.. 8 - Galway 91.. 7 - Cork 90.. 9 - Waterford 90.. 1 and.. There's an iPhone app, and It can also be found on Nokia Internet Radio app (Download from OVI store).. 13th Day on DVD.. The 13th Day - A Story of Hope.. , is a modern film (2009) about the apparitions in Fatima and is now available on DVD.. Veritas has it available for 19.. 95, click.. For the Faitharts review of this film (and a trailer) click.. and see entry for 17/2/10.. One quote from that review: One thing the filmmakers have achieved is to present this timeless story to a modern audience in an idiom they can understand and relate to.. The review suggests possibilities for school use.. There's also a detailed review at.. More information is available at the Internet Movie Database.. , while the film's official website is.. Official Hymn for the Eucharistic Congress 2012.. Preparations for the Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2012 are well under way.. The official hymn for the event,.. Though We Are Many.. is now available.. It's a specially commissioned piece and was written by Bernard Sexton.. to hear the song and to download the sheet music.. Priest Poet.. Fr Martin Kelly from Belfast has released a CD of original poems which deal with his life experiences.. The Rhythm of the Ordinary.. is available from.. Veritas.. He discovered his love of writing in Portasferrry in 2004 and is currently PP of Drumbo and Carryduff.. Word of God at the Globe Theatre.. In 2011 Shakespeare s Globe Theatre in London will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the.. King James Bible.. which was completed in 1611, and the enduring power of dramatic language with a season entitled The Word is God.. The theatre season will commence with a cover-to-cover reading of The Bible and a small-scale touring production of Hamlet, presenting a rare opportunity to experience the two foundation stones of the modern English language back-to-back.. Around the Easter weekend a simple, unstaged recital of The Bible one of the greatest pieces of world literature will only be interrupted by performances of.. Hamlet.. widely celebrated as Shakespeare s intellectual masterpiece which opens at the Globe on Shakespeare s birthday, 23 April, before it takes to the road for a UK and European tour.. The season s theme will  ...   Fairfiled Four.. All Creatures of Our God and King, Wade in the Water, Virgen de Gaudalupe, We Shall All Be United,.. House of Gold.. Book on Stained Glass Windows.. Lumen Christi - The Stained Glass Windows of Mount St Joseph Abbey by Laurence Walsh OCSO is a new book from Cistercian Press.. Mount St Joseph is in Roscrea Co.. Tipperary.. There's a detailed review (by Raymond Gillespie of NUI Maynooth) of the book in the Irish Times Weekend Review section for Jan 16 2010.. to read the review.. Lassus Scholars.. Dublin choir,.. The Lassus Scholars.. , provided the sacred music for an event in Rome to mark the Year For Priests.. Choir director Ite O'Donovan described the concluding mass as one of the highlights of the trip.. Ms O'Donovan's diary of the event can be read.. For forthcoming events featuring the Lassus Scholars click.. Advent and Christmas Psalms.. New CD of Advent and Christmas Psalms: Catholic composer Brian J.. Nelson has released a new recording of Lectionary Psalms for organ, cantor and choir.. The music is deeply rooted in the chant tradition, reflecting both Brian's classical training and immersion in the Liturgical life of the Catholic Church.. Simpsons and the Vatican.. Vatican Newspaper.. L'Osservatore Romano.. has commented on the Simpsons, congratulating the show on its 20th Anniversary.. The show is praised for "realistic and intelligent writing", but there is also a reference to "excessively crude language, the violence of certain episodes or some extreme choices by the scriptwriters.. " More details.. The Priests: New CD.. Harmony is the new CD by the Priests.. Their previous CD broke the Guinness world record for the fastest selling classical debut album of all time.. This new album features well known songs like.. Amazing Grace, You'll Never Walk Alone and How Great Thou Art.. , along with lesser known pieces like.. When Thou Art Near, King of Kings and Lift Thine Eyes.. There are audio samples at the relevant page on.. , along with a video of The Priests singing.. Amazing Grace.. live at Gladstone Library.. Splendors of the Magnificat.. Splendors of the Magnificat is a beautiful art book and audio CD with 11 of the most inspiring musical renditions of Mary's Magnificat.. - 11 meditations on Mary's Magnificat prayer of praise, along with 65 high-quality reproductions of sacred art with commentaries - More than 1 hour of splendid music.. More info and sales.. Mary Duff CD.. Recently released CD from Irish singer Mary Duff features 13 INSPIRATIONAL SONGS, FEATURING THE PRAGUE FILM HARMONIC ORCHESTRA.. Track Listing: 1.. Voice Of An Angel 2.. Be Still And Know I Am With You 3.. Panis Angelicus 4.. Ag Criost An Siol 5.. There Is A Place 6.. Nearer My God To thee 7.. Ave Maria 8.. If I Can Help Somebody 9.. Amazing Grace 10.. O Holy Night 11.. Let There Be Peace On Earth 12.. How Great Thou Art 13.. Goin' Home.. Susan Boyle CD.. I Dreamed a Dream is the new CD from Susan Boyle (Britain's Got Talent star) which features some spiritual music, including.. Amazing Grace, Silent Night.. How Great Thou Art.. , along with some popular secular material, like.. Daydream Believer, Cry Me a River.. and title track.. I Dreamed a Dream.. Audio samples are available.. at CD Universe.. CD: Christmas at St.. Michael's Abbey.. This CD features the propers of the 3 Christmas Masses sung by the choir of priests and seminarians at St.. Michael's Abbey, in Silverado California.. The chants of the Norbertine Order are slightly different from the Roman versions and add a richness to the patrimony of Church music.. They are recorded here by the fathers in the abbey church.. More info and audio samples.. Daniel O'Donnell Gospel Album.. Daniel O'Donnel's new album.. Peace In The Valley.. features 15 new recordings of inspirational favourites, including "Peace In The Valley", "Mansion Over The Hilltop", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and "I'll Fly Away", all of which have been recorded by some of the most famous artists in the Country/Gospel genre, including the title track which was made famous by Elvis Presley.. Tracks can be previewed at.. Song for a Winter's Night.. Tommy Fleming's new album.. Song for a Winter s Night.. is available from Friday 4th December 2009.. Tracks:.. Walking in the Air, Bells are Ringing, Angels We Have Heard on High, In the Bleak Mid Winter, Christmas 1915, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel, It Came upon a Midnight, Who Comes This Night, Wexford Carol, O Holy Night, Silent Night, Song for a Winter's Night.. Also released is the DVD of the same title, recorded live in Belleek Castle, Ballina, Co.. Mayo in a unique intimate setting with an invited audience of family and friends.. The DVD features 20 tracks including many Christmas songs from the album "Song for a Winter Night", along with some of Tommy's favorites including "The Orchard", "Wait till the Clouds roll by", "Old Clothes" and many more.. The CD and DVD are available from the usual outlets and from the artist's.. Alma Mater Album Released.. The highly anticipated album from Music From The Vatican,.. 'Alma Mater'.. featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI is out now - Dec 09.. You can order your copy of this album now from Amazon, or buy in the usual oulets.. At.. you can also preview all eight pieces of the specially commissioned beautiful blend of gregorian chants and contemporary classical melodies.. At the.. official site.. of the album there are videos relating to the album including a performance from the Vatican Choir.. Choirs for Christmas Competition.. Now in its eleventh year, the established RTÉ lyric fm Choirs for Christmas Competition invites choirs from all around to country to share their music making with lyric listeners throughout the Christmas Season.. Choirs from all corners of Ireland competed in last year's celebration with some outstanding entries coming from Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford, Limerick, Mayo and Wicklow.. Deadline for entry is Friday December 4th 2009.. Resonance of the Gift.. Theology of the Body inspires beautiful music -.. Resonance of the Gift: Musical Reflections on Theology of the Body.. A set of 12 piano hymns by Peter Gerard Baklinski, to soothe the heart and uplift the spirit, celebrating the truth, meaning, and power of human love within the divine plan.. Available on CD or downloadable mp3.. Listen to a sample or order.. All orders shipped FREE until Christmas.. New Christmas Albums.. New Christmas albums for this year include:.. Christmas in the Heart.. , by Bob Dylan (see left),.. My Christmas.. by Andrea Bocelli,.. A Cherry Cherry Christmas.. by Neil Diamond, and.. The Irish Tenors Christmas.. There are also some Christmas songs.. ,.. including Gabriel's Message.. on Sting's new album.. If on a Winter's Night.. Midwinter Graces.. by Tori Amos also features some Christmas material, including Coventry Carol.. For more details, including song samples go.. Music From the Vatican - Alma Mater.. This new album,.. Alma Mater.. , is due out on 30th November 2009.. It features a range of music and includes the voice of Pope Benedict, who along with the Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome will be releasing recordings of eight original pieces of modern classical music proceeds from the album will be used to provide music education for underprivileged children around the world.. The video clip on left provides a short introduction to the project, which is produced by Geffen/Universal music.. More info, including the facility to pre-order the album, is available on the.. for the project.. At a piano concert in the Vatican on 18th October 2009, Pope Benedict reflected on the power of music: "Music is a part of all cultures and, we might say, accompanies every human experience, from pain to pleasure, from hatred to love, from sadness to joy, from death to life.. We see how, over the course of the centuries and millennia, music has always been used to give a form to that which we are not able to speak in words, because it awakens emotions that are difficult to communicate otherwise.. He also referred to the ability of music to become prayer: "Music," he said, "great music, gives the spirit repose, awakens profound sentiments and almost naturally invites us to lift up our mind and heart to God in every situation, whether joyous or sad, of human existence.. Music can become prayer.. " Full text of the speech.. New Film on Fatima.. Due for release in USA in October 2009,.. The 13th Day.. is a new film about the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.. There are no plans currently to release it in Ireland, but the DVD can be pre-ordered from the film's website -.. the13thdaymovie.. where a trailer (also on left) from the film can also be seen.. The film is written and directed by Ian And Dominic Higgins.. New Film on Life of Mary.. Mary, Mother of Christ.. is due for release to cinemas in April 2010.. It will star, among others, Al Pacino (Herod), Camilla Belle (Mary), Peter O'Toole (Simeon) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Gabriel and Lucifer!).. The script was written by Barbara Nicolosi (a Catholic and founder of ACT One a screenwriting school aiming to empower Christians in Hollywood) and.. The Passion of the Christ.. co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald.. Pope's New Album.. Reported by Reuters news agency: - A Muslim, a Catholic and an agnostic composer have contributed music to an album called.. featuring Pope Benedict singing and reciting prayers, which is due for release in November.. Read more.. NEW CD from Louth.. Louth Contemporary Music Society.. has released a new CD featuring many spiritual pieces.. The new disc is titled.. A Place Between.. , and features world première recordings of works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, Alexander Knaifel as well as pieces by Henryk Górecki and John Cage.. All of these composers have, in various ways, been deeply influenced by profound spiritual, religious or cultural encounters.. The CD intersperses beautiful works for string quartet (Silvestrov's meditative Ikon , Tavener's deeply moving Ikon of Joy/Sorrow," Pärt's reflective Da Pacem Domine ) with two solo piano works (Pärt's uplifting Hymn to a Great City," Cage s melodic and expressive In a Landscape ).. Górecki's memorial for Michael Vyner "Good Night" and Knaifel s mystical O Heavenly King both feature the haunting voice of soprano Patricia Rozario.. Silvestrov's 25.. X.. 1893 lullaby is a melancholic and lyrical piece for violin and piano.. Quilty Artists.. Quilty Artists is new group for Catholics intersted in the arts, especially those who pratice the arts.. Their new.. is in blog/forum format and is in the early stages of development.. There's an opportunity to share personal stories of one's experiences with the arts and faith, a chance to share song lyrics, a prayer section, and ideas to inspire beautiful artists!.. Award for Secret of Kells Film.. Tomm Moore, Director of Cartoon Saloon's THE SECRET OF KELLS accepted the prestigious audience award for best Feature film at the 33rd Annecy Animation festival in France on Saturday June 13th.. Moore received his Crystal award from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of.. Amelie.. Alien 4.. The festival, one of the most respected events for animation film in the world, screened 525 films including 27 feature films over a week.. With over 120,000 tickets sold it is one of the largest film festivals in Europe.. Henry Selicks's feature CORALINE and Adam Elliots film MARY AND MAX shared the Jury prize for best feature, with the audience choice going to THE SECRET OF KELLS.. Tomm Moore was not the only Kilkenny native to be honoured on the night.. David O'Reilly, who trained in Cartoon Saloon while a student and also from Kilkenny received the Special Distinction Award for his film.. Please say something.. , a film which won him a Golden Bear at the Berlin festival earlier this year.. THE SECRET OF KELLS is released on DVD in Ireland August 7th 2009.. Latest CD from the Hutchisons.. Songs.. is the latest CD from Canadian group The Hutchisons- it's gospel folk, acoustic style with great harmonies and subtle backing.. Three songs from the album can be played from their.. new website.. , where there's also an option to buy the album and earlier releases, including Angela Hutchison's solo albums.. "Songs" has a particular focus on heaven, and how the hope of eternity sustains us through earthly suffering.. Little Oak Glass.. This is a stained class workshop in Kerry that produces all sorts of stained glass works, some of a spiritual nature.. Check out the Glance at Glass series on their.. blog.. One of the items on the page is a stained glass window featuring Our Lady, which can be seen in Waterville Church Co.. Kerry.. CD - A Song for all Seasons.. This CD by Emmanuel Mc Stravick from Belfast will feature 10 catholic songs and a new song dedicated to Our Lady that will be released as a single.. This album will help fund the Passionist Fathers in Ireland and also a major pro-life organisation.. Each song will be represent a particular saint from the Catholic Church and features themes of hope and healing.. It will be released in September 2009.. Scorcese Movie on Martyrs.. Renowned director Martin Scorsese is reported to be working on a movie about the Japanese Martyrs.. Filming is due to begin in New Zealand in 2010.. The work will be based on a novel,.. Silence.. , by Catholic author Shusaku Endo, which tells the story of a Portuguese missionary from the 17th Century and the martyrdom of early Christians in Japan.. Resource.. for Music Ministers.. The Diocese of Kildare and Loughlin has produced a guide for music ministers.. On their website there is an introduction and extracts from the resource along with a link for downloading the full resource.. New Album from Liam Lawton.. Healing Song.. is the latest album from Liam Lawton, due to be released in May 2009.. It is a new collection of liturgical music, featuring the orchestrations of Mark Cahill, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the St Colman's Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dominic Finn.. Added 7/6/09.. : Hear clips from the album.. Added 31/10/09:.. Read review of album.. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.. This is the title of a new TV movie premiering on April 19th in USA.. It tells the story of Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker in Warsaw during World War Two who risked her life to save Jewish children from the Nazis.. Anna Paquin stars in the title role, with Goran Visnjic co-starring.. For the official website of the film click.. The site includes materials for teachers, including links for further study, and a short video on the making of the film.. Sendler died in 2008.. Ireland's Own Article.. Ireland's Own.. issue of March 6th 2009 features an article on Holy Hollywood , a wry and lively view of the relationship between Hollywood and religion, by Tom McParland.. The Secret of Kells.. The Secret of Kells is an animated film featuring a fictional story about the writing of the Book of Kells currently showing in Irish cinemas.. Music is by Kila and Bruno Coulais (.. Les Choristes.. The official website for the film is impressive (.. thesecretofkells.. ) and includes related worksheets for primary and secondary schools.. The secondary version is.. See also the.. entry for 24/3/09.. Celtic Joy.. Celtic Joy: A Celebration of Christmas.. - another new Christmas album for 2008 - this time featuring Nóirín Ní Riain with her sons Eoin and Micheál Ó Súilleabhain.. Style ranges from Sean Nós to Gregorian Chant, and tracks include:.. Coventry Carol, Ave Maria, Salve Regina, The Holly and the Ivy, Song for Jerusalem.. The Beatitudes.. Enya - And Winter Came.. Enya has released a seasonal album.. And Winter Came.. , which features some Christmas music - including the standards.. O Come O Come Emmanuel.. and a choral version of.. Oíche Chiúin.. (she released a solo version a few years ago).. Other tracks include.. Journey of the Angels, Spirit of Christmas Past.. White as the Winter's Night.. The lyrics are available.. Chant - Re-release for Christmas.. Chant - Music for Paradise.. (Universal Music) an album of.. Gregorian Chant recorded by.. a group of young monks of Holy Cross, a Cistercian Abbey in Austria.. was released in May 2008, and has now been re-released in a 2-disc edition for Christmas, with extra tracks for the season, including.. music for Advent Vespers, Advent Mass, Christmas Lauds and Christmas Mass.. For more information and reviews see the.. Amazon listing.. James Kilbane Christmas Album.. Irish gospel singer and former.. You're a Star.. finalist James Kilbane has released (Nov 2008) his first Christmas album.. The Christmas Collection.. features many Christmas standards like.. Little Drummer Boy, When A Child Is Born, Away In A Manger, One Holy Night and Mary's Boy Child,.. along with some lesser known Christmas material.. This is James' seventh album - check out his other gospel material on his.. All James Kilbane's music is available on download at.. Napster.. CDBaby.. The Priests Album.. Three Northern Irish priests, Eugene O'Hagan, Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy have a new album (Nov 2008) which is expected to do well in the Christmas market.. Released by Sony BMG, tracks include Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Benedictus, Pie Jesu , Abide With Me, Ag Crióst an Síol and O Holy Night.. There's a full track listing, a video interview with the Priests and a chance to buy at.. See The Priests singing.. Mary Chapin Carpenter Christmas album.. Just released (Oct '08) new Christmas album by Mary Chapin Carpenter - called.. Come Darkness Come Light - Twelve Songs of Christmas.. it features traditional songs like.. Once in Royal David's City.. Children Go Where I send Thee.. , with new songs writen by the singer.. Genre spans country/acoustic rock/folk.. Saints and Scholars.. , a CD of rare liturgical plain chant sung by the group Schola Gregoriana from Maynooth is now available from Veritas shops, the National Concert Hall music shop and St Patrick's College Maynooth.. Vision - The Musical.. Vision is a musical re-telling the story of Bernadette of Lourdes in a modern idiom, with rick, pop and jazz influences.. Written by Jonathan Smith and Dominic Hartley, and originally performed in 2002, this year has seen performances in England, Nigeria and Lordes itself.. for more information, including upcoming performaces, a downloadable score and a recording of the Lourdes event.. Irish Priest's New Novel.. Fr William King, parish priest of Drumcondra, has published a new novel -.. Leaving Ardglass.. Set in 1950's Ireland it tells the story of two brothers, one of whom becomes a priest and one a builder in England.. This is his third novel.. Vatican Bans Filming.. The Vatican has banned the use of churches for the filming of.. Angels and Demons,.. a new film based on one of Dan Brown's books, a prequel to the.. Da Vinci Code.. story.. Some scenes are set in the Vatican and other churches.. A Vatican spokesperson said that Brown has turned the gospel upside down to poison the faith.. New Musical on Mary.. Mary of Nazareth, a Story that Continues.. is a new musical on the life of the Virgin Mary, which has Vatican support.. Alma Menera, a former Miss Italy plays the title role.. The musical is also sponsored by the Italian Senate.. More details.. Church Architect.. North by Northwest: The Life and Work of Liam McCormick.. is a new book by Paul Larmour and Shane O'Toole about one of Ireland's most prominent architects of modern church buildings.. His best known churches include.. St Aengus' Church, Burt.. , Co.. Donegal.. Chant Music.. (Universal Music) is a new CD (released in May) of Gregorian Chant recorded by.. Lourdes CD.. Lourdes Where Miracles Happen is a new.. (Feb 08) 17 track music CD launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the appearances at Lourdes.. It is dedicated to the people who have travelled to Lourdes with those who are ill.. New John Michael Talbot Alum.. Living Water.. is John Michael Talbot's latest album, his 50th.. There are samples to listen to on his.. , and the album can also be ordered from there.. It includes more songs for worship - A.. Kyrie.. Sanctus.. Gloria.. and many other tracks.. On the news section of the Catholic Music Network site there's an enjoyable account of a presentation made to JMT on the occasion of this 50th album.. Read it.. News Archive..

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    Descriptive info: Previous Blogs by subject:.. Poetry.. Film.. Drama.. Art.. Hamlet.. NBC's Kings.. BBC Passion.. Christmas.. Events.. Simpsons.. IEC2012.. Previous Blogs by date:.. Dec 2010.. Oct-Nov 2010.. Aug-Sept 2010.. June-July 2010.. May 2010.. March-April 2010.. Jan-Feb 2010.. Nov-Dec 2009.. Oct 2009.. Sept 2009.. Aug 2009.. July 2009.. May-June 2009.. April 2009.. March 2009.. Feb 2009.. Jan 2009.. Dec 2008.. Nov 2008.. Oct 2008.. Sept 2008.. ;.. Aug 2008.. July 2008.. June 2008.. May 2008.. April 2008.. March 2008.. Feb 2008.. Jan 2008.. Dec 2007.. Nov 2007.. Oct 2007.. Sept 2007.. June-August 2007.. May 2007.. April 2007.. March 2007.. Feb 2007.. Jan 2007.. Dec 2006.. Nov 2006.. Oct 2006.. Sept 2006.. June 2006.. May 2006.. The Blog Page.. Faith and the Arts:.. A Religion Teacher's Reflections, Ideas and Practices.. 18/7/12.. On my.. Spirit Radio slot.. last Friday I flagged two particularly good CDs -.. Drowning in the Shallow.. is the latest release from Andy Flanagan, a singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland but based in London.. This a fine album - the lyrics deal with issues of brokenness, relationships, superficiality, with a subtle spiritual theme and a social conscience in many of the songs.. The title track gives a good indication of the style and content, while The Reason is a catchy commercial song.. Throughout the singing is clear and confident, while the musical backing and harmony vocals perfectly complement the words.. The second album I reviewed was.. Redemption.. by American gospel singer Trish Standley.. I'm not a great fan of the rap and dance tracks, but Cheer Up is an excellent scriptural song, while Here I Am is a beatiful ballad style hymn.. What's im pressive about her album is the variety of styles, all performed with committment and professionalism.. 28/6/12.. Have been looking back on the.. Religious Education exam.. papers from this year's State exams and found only one substantial question related to the arts - from the Leaving Cert Higher level paper - it was in the section on Christianity - Origins and Contemporary Expressions.. Part of the question asked: b) i.. Outline the understanding of Jesus that can be found today in one example from any of the following: ART, FILM, MUSIC.. ii.. Assess the extent to which the understanding of Jesus outlined in part b)i above is true to the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus.. For full exam papers available click.. A few months ago I plugged a new website,.. iCatholic.. After a modest start the site really came into its own at the International Eucharistic Congress, broadcasting live from the RDS.. Now many of the highlights of the Congress are available for viewing.. Included is one of Liam Lawton concerts in the RDS Concert Hall.. Watch the concert here - video above - may take half a minute to load.. 23/6/12.. First to the bargains - was in.. the Veritas.. shop in Middle Abbey St Dublin yesterday and they have film dramas from the Bible at 7.. 95 each or 2 for 10 Euro.. I picked up "Jesus" featuring Jeremy Sisto in the title role.. I've used clips from that one in class and am loking forward to seeing the full version.. There are video films on a range of characters including Mary Magdalen, Abraham, Joseph of Nazareth and St Paul.. Actors include Richard Harris.. I have to compliment RTE's.. Nationwide.. team for an excellent review of the Congress on Monday of last week.. If you wanted a video souvenir of the event you couldn't do much better.. Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin presented a warm retrospective that featured many elements people might have missed in the news coverage.. Fr Robert McCabe did well explaining the work of the military chaplaincy, not too widely known up to now I'd say.. We got a look at the "Through the Eyes of the Apostles" exhibit in the company of John Waters, a better coverage of the Eucharistic Procession than was on the News, and lots of positive contribution from pilgrims.. It will be available for another two weeks on the RTE Player.. 17/6/12.. What a day in Croke Park.. for the closing ceremonies of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.. Spectacular and moving at the same time.. I was frozen in the Hogan stand as the evening went on but who cares, the music was just out of this world.. The one-hour concert that preceded the Mass was a great showcase.. I'm not a great fan of Panis Angelicus and I think John McCormack's version has been way over-exposed lately (one of my son says he's allergic to it), but it got freshened up bigtime today when sung by Celine Byrne, Fr Marino Nguekam and Jacek Wislocki.. Liam Lawton sang The Could's Veil from the centre of the arena and that was special.. Fuaimlaoi, with their conductor and composer Ronan McDonagh, impressed with their distinctive blend of traditional Irish and liturgical.. The Three Tenors Ireland did well on You Raise Me Up though that one is also overexposed.. The Priests excelled on King of Kings while the Monastervan Gospel Choir livened things up and added a contemporary flavour.. I was delighted to see St Mary's School Choir from the School for the Deaf again (had been absorbed by their performance at the Emmanuel concerts), though as they were signing to slow songs their vibrancy didn't come through so strongly.. Needless to say with such talent on board the music for the Mass was exceptional.. Again the Congress theme Though We Are Many , by Bernard Sexton, was sung with appropriate gusto, while the Ó Riada music never looses its freshness - Ag Críost an Síol figured strongly and linked into the Gospel reading about sowing seeds.. And what about that striking Responsorial Psalm so beautifully sung by Karen O'Donovan of Fuaimlaoi!.. 16/6/12.. Last day at IEC2012 in the RDS so it was.. time to catch up.. on a few things that had been longfingered.. If art can be created with plants the Rosary Garden in the Poor Clares St Damian's, next door to Simmonscourt fits the bill.. That was a most unusual creation which led into the small chapel for Eucharistic Adoration.. I visited the Army Chaplaincy camp in the Simmonscourt area and that was quite impressive.. There was a liitle tent chapel, and lots of interesting posters.. I think my pupils would love to see some of this.. Boys and armies!.. Over at the Youth Space I came across a session of what seemed to be Christian Disco Dancing! The workshop was called Street Dance - The Move of Faith.. and people were certainly having a ball.. Late evening I finally got in to see the Exhibition Through the Eyes of the Apostles , a recreation of the village of Capurnaum in the time of Jesus.. That was impressive - I especially liked the lakeshore setting where the projected video of the lake on a huge screen made you feel like you were there.. Hopefully this exhibition will surface again.. 15/6/12.. More rich experiences of.. music and drama at the International Eucharistic Congress.. today.. I started the day with my monthly slot on Spirit Radio - did it in studio this time as I was already in Ballsbridge area.. I spoke about the arts events at the Eucharistic Congress, pretty much a short version of what I've been writing here.. I got back over to Congress in time for the play.. Servant at the Supper.. a one-woman show by Eleanor Glenn, a retired school principal from Canada.. It was an imaginative idea - the fictional character was the daughter of the man who owned the Upper Room, scene of the Last Supper.. Everything that followed is seen through her eyes - the Apostles return to the same Upper Room after the Crucifixion, Jesus appears there after Resurrection, the dramatic events of Pentecost happen there.. This unity of place works well, and Glenn has a great voice and great command of the stage.. The chalice and bread were central symbols the whole time and she frequently drew attention to them.. The servant is looking back years later, but I would like her to have captured better some of the puzzlement and angst as the younger girl tried to make sense of it all.. The script is very close to Scripture, which has its advantages, but more exploration would have helped - like T.. S.. Eliot does in.. Journey of the Magi.. Song For Simeon.. Also I thought there was too much of a sudden jump from Last Supper to Crucifixion, and to the Ascension.. One song/chant for the Resurrection didn't work for me.. Glen did well to cope with the fact another workshop was going on behind the curtain and every word from that talk could be heard - a real Pro!.. There was the usual variety in the main arena at lunchtime.. St Ultan's Orchestra from Cherry Orchard was wonderful, and they even had a mini gospel choir within the group.. Elation Ministries.. rocked the crowd from the second stage - they seemed to have their own fan club in the front row.. I believe they've been playing a blinder in the Youth Space all week.. I loved their light rock version of.. Our Lady of Knock,.. though I'd say it wasn't to everyone's liking! They were followed, in striking contrast, by the Brook Singers, a male voice singing group specialising in Welsh hymns.. Later the burst into song in the food tent!.. In the evening I went to see.. Danielle Rose.. , a singer-songwriter from USA, at Haddington Road Church.. Her songs were really beautiful, her voice really attractive and her finger picking guitar matched the songs perfectly.. Many of the songs were about Our Lady, not surprising as the event was organised by Family Rosary International who promote the work of Fr Patrick Peyton, the famous Irish Rosary Priest.. She engaged the audience with her patter between songs, which was in turn intense, deeply spiritual and even giddy at times.. It was more a prayer event than a concert - she said Amen at the end of every song.. One of my favourite songs was I'll See You in the Eucharist , which I've definitely heard before but can't remember where or when.. It's recurring refrain of do not be afraid was haunting.. Towards the end she sang acapella, which really highlighted the quality of her voice, on Crown of Thorns and a fine version of Hail Holy Queen.. A pleasant surprise on the night was the Rosary Room - a small oratory off the main church featuring a multimedia presentation of the Rosary - with four screens showing meaningful imagery and meditative music in the background.. For more info:.. familyrosary.. org.. I finished the night over in the Youth Space in the Simmonscourt area of the RDS.. I arrived for the end of a Focolare presentation on the life of the young.. Chiara Luce Badano.. , beatified in 2010, and patron of the Youth Space, which finished with some lively singing from a group of Focolare singers and musicians.. Finally, in music and prayer a Young Carmelite group led a very quiet and dignified service of Night Prayer.. 14/6/12.. The most impressive music I heard today at the.. Eucharistic Congress.. was at the main Mass of the day - the Mass was mostly in Irish, and the music also had a very Irish flavour, with many of Sean Ó Riada's pieces which never date, along with some fine harp and fiddle music.. The choir was in excellent form and the soloists sang exceptionally well.. During Communion time the Congress hymn, Though We Are Many , written by Bernard Sexton, was sung better than I've ever heard it.. The congregation near me joined enthusiastically in the singing, especially on that distinctive arrangement of O Sacrament Most Holy combined with I Am the Bread of Life.. After the Mass the Vard Sisters sang a beautiful Ave Maria and the Liam Lawton song Send Me an Angel.. Visual art has been prominent at the Congress - there's a striking Icon behind the main altar (pic above left), and the smaller Icons of the Congress form part of many of the ceremonies, accompanying the Congress Bell.. These are by iconographers Colette Clarke, Phillip Brennan and Richard Sinclair.. For more information on these click.. 13/6/12.. I think numbers are increasing at the Congress - very busy this morning.. Got there early for workshop on Poets of the Eucharist but it was full! All was not lost as I found space at the workshop on.. Faith and Film.. presented by Fr Peter Hannon SJ.. It didn't focus specifically on religious films but looked at broader human and philosophical concerns.. In particular he spoke of the idea of following your dreams, and the tension between that and meeting expectations.. He used clips from.. Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams.. Cinema Paradiso.. to illustrate his points.. The idea of the dream, he said, was common to both faith and film.. The dream within us always manages to surface even when we ignore or neglect it, and even when harsh realities seem to smother it.. Three stories were important - our own, those told to us by others (incl.. in film) and the Gospel story.. On missionary work in Zambia years ago he found his RE classes failing to link with the students and after that began to start with their own story, something real and personal for them, and then moved into the gospel story.. All in all an interesting and thought provoking workshop, though I would like to have seen more clips, and have had time for questions.. Finally had a good look around the exhibition hall today - plenty of resources and ideas for RE teachers! The Ennis Gospel Choir was giving an informal concert in the centre of the hall, and they were certainly drawing a crowd with their lively and familiar songs, like.. Shackles.. (by Mary, Mary) and the Beatles'.. Let It Be.. I was very impressed by the artwork of Fintan Tracey - especially the Eucharistic art - check out his stand on the balcony, where you can also find Liam Lawton's stand, and one for Dana's music.. 12/6/12.. Another.. fine day at IEC.. , though the weather did threaten, and out came the free ponchos! Lunchtime is a good time to be in Main Arena for music fans.. First group I saw today was Kisi - God's Singing Children, a group from Austria whose music ministry is extending to other European Countries.. They danced and sang through a lively set of gospel songs.. On the other stage Ian Callanan (pictured left) directed a wonderful choir, who sang songs about today's Congress theme of family.. There was a beautiful song which would be most suitable for weddings - not sure of the name but the chorus went Make of our hearts one heart.. To the tune of Loch Lomond they sang a fine pilgrim song which I think was called Love is the Boat for the Journey.. The music for Mass that afternoon saw Fr Liam Lawton directing choirs from Kildare and Leighlin,.. Ossory & Ferns and Waterford & Lismore.. It must have been quite a challenge as there was a choir on each side of the main altar area, but it worked well.. I called over to the Youth Space later in the evening for a concert - a great idea to have events there going on until late.. The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir was in fine form, accompanied by an effective six piece band, with lead piano a standout - their styles included foot tappin' gospel, reggae, and slow soulful songs.. Highlight for me was their performance of the song Hands by Texas singer Jewel.. 11/6/12.. First day at the.. International Eucharistic Congress.. Very impressive, carnival atmosphere, sunshine, good music, meeting friends and acquaintances around every corner.. And it sure is multicultural with so many pilgrims from abroad, and members of religious orders wearing habits I'd never seen before, adding to the colour palette.. I was impressed by the multicultural Discovery Gospel Choir who sang in the lunchtime warmup in the main arena - vibrant singing, tasty instrumental backup and colourful outfits.. I attended a talk given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in the morning.. He was speaking about the Vatican II document.. Gaudium et Spes.. , the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, and he was strong on the idea of faith interacting with culture, which is central to what Faitharts is about.. He quoted what Pope Benedict said to him on a visit to Rome: Where are the points of contact between the Church and those areas where the future of Irish culture are being formed?.. The full speech is well worth reading - click.. There were many events tonight but I opted for a play.. The Trial.. in the RDS Concert Hall (it's on again at 7 pm Tuesday night).. It was written by Glen Gannon, who played the Jesus figure heysus (on left of pic), directed by Frank Allen and musical director was Ken Touhy.. I wasn't sure what is was going to be about, but not surprisingly it was a passion play, covering the period from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, but in a future setting - 2033, and Troika soldiers are ruling Ireland with a heavy hand! It was good to see such imagination at work.. And it was a musical, in that songs were interspersed with the drama.. The songs were good and the singing by the female leads was excellent.. However there were problems.. To start with the play was way too long - including the break it lasted two and three quarter hours.. Some of the songs could be trimmed, and both the Garden of Gethsemane and Trial scenes needed to be much shorter.. Given the title I think it would have been best to focus entirely on the trial scene - the play would have had a tighter focus, and lots of issues around justice could have been teased out.. There was a difficulty with tone - for example the first part was for the most part very serious.. Then the second part opened with the trial scene and at times it descended into pantomime, with references to Nama, brown envelopes and a whip around , and then Pilate and his assistant acting like a comedy team - jarring.. Later there were a few false finishes, like the ensemble singing of a melodic.. Our Father.. I thought there were too many songs, and most sounded too alike.. I can remember only one uptempo number as the crowd argued over whether heysus or Barabbas should be released, and that scene worked well.. I thought the Jesus/heysus (Why not Jésus?) parallel didn't work as well as it should have, and sometimes the mixture of modern and Biblical didn't gel.. Considering it was a Eucharistic Congress I thought the modern equivalent of the words of consecration were weak - something along the lines of this wine is the colour of blood and this bread is the colour of flesh.. I don't like to be negative about something that was sincere and well produced, but I do think the play needs a considerable amount of revision.. 6/6/12.. It pushes a few agendas and takes a few digs at religion (or at least at its flawed practitioners) but I find it hard to take offence at.. The Simpsons.. Two of the "religious" episodes turned up last week on the innumerable reruns on RTE 2 and Channel 4.. In "I'm Going to Praiseland" (Channel 4, Wednesday of last week) the indefatigable Ned Flanders decides to set up a Christian Theme Park (a dig I'd say at those Evangelicals who try to Christianise popular culture).. A gospel singer laments that her band had changed from gospel to pop - they just changed "Jesus" to "baby" in their songs.. But, not surprisingly, the venture fails.. At one stage people praying at the statue of the late Maude Flanders get visions of Heaven - we could relate to that I suppose we all have our own visualisations.. The comic store sci-fi man imagines Heaven as an episode of Star Trek, Disco Stu meets Frank Sinatra at a heavenly disco (after St Peter helps him skip the queue), but for Sinatra that's hell! Entertaining though the visions are it turns out they are only hallucinations brought about by a gas leak.. Oh well.. In "Bart Sells His Soul" (RTE 2 last Thursday), cynical Bart is hard up for cash and sells his soul to friend Millhouse for five dollars.. Later he offers to sell his conscience and even his sense of decency.. But gradually the loss of soul has a detrimental effect - automatic doors won't open for him, his breath leaves no fog on the shop's ice cream freezer, he looses his sense of humour.. A dream sequence (always worth a try if you want to try something wacky) sees all his friends playing happily with their souls, leaving him miserable while his soul rows a boat for Millhouse.. Eventually Bart is desperate to get his soul back and when he does, thanks to the love of his sister he gobbles down the soul-selling contract.. A religious believer could have no complaint about such a ringing endorsement of the existence of the soul, though people looking for orthodoxy might quail at Lisa's suggestion that perhaps people are not born with a soul but have to earn it.. But then, she is only 8!.. 28/5/12.. On Saturday night last I went to a gig by.. Kimmie Rhodes.. a singer-songwriter from Texas.. What a treat! Apart from the folk-country type songs she sang a few gospel numbers - in particular Bells of Joy and God's Acre.. Well worth checking out.. She has regularly included gospel/spiritual songs on her albums.. What I wasn't expecting however was her son Gabriel who accompanied her on guitar mainly - it was like the instrument was part of him - blistering lead ascoustic, and sensitive accompaniment as well as subtle backing vocals, not to mention percussion and melodica - first time I ever saw that instrument used in a Roots music setting.. It was my first time in the.. Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre.. in the Naul in North County Dublin and I have to say it's an excellent venue - you can get a fine meal in the coffee shop and head into the gig when you're finished.. I'll be back!.. 25/5/12.. In the last week, I've been doing some end-of-term prayer services on the.. theme of thanksgiving/gratitude.. I searched for some suitable songs to accompany the various thanksgiving prayers, and came up with the following (I'd love to hear more suggestions) - In Gratitude I Sing , by Sarah McQuaid from her recent album.. The Plum Tree and the Rose.. (see entry for 27/4/12 below to listen to this song); Give Thanks to the Lord (Psalm 107) by John Michael Talbot, from.. Songs for Worship Vols 1 and II;.. Thank You My Lord by Beth Nielsen Chapman from her album.. Prism;.. Thanksgiving Song.. by Mary Chapin Carpenter from.. her album.. Twelve Songs of Christmas;.. and Give Thanks All Ye People by The Hutchisons from their album.. Last night I got to experience the wonderful music of the.. Notre Dame Folk Choir.. , currently on tour in Ireland (see.. page).. The event was a concert in Gorey, Co.. Wexford - I realised last night for the first time that the venue, St Michael's Church in Gorey, was designed by the famous architect Pugin.. The acoustics were excellent as the choir worked its way through a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring set of songs covering the liturgical year and more.. Many of the songs were written, and conducted on the night, by choir director Stever Warner, who also managed to play guitar accompaniment.. He was aided by some very talented musicians on violin, flute, piccolo (superb playing) percussion and organ.. And what a variety of styles - Latin American, just plain Latin, Celtic and traditional.. Warner's.. The Lord's Prayer.. was one of the best I've heard; Bless the Corners of this House was a touching thank you to the families hosting the choir; there was a fine version of St Patrick's breastplate, an African American spiritual Cross Cry , and a most beatiful setiing of Newman's Lead Kindly Light.. I bought their CD From Gethsemane to Galway - Live in Concert and will post a review soon.. 9/5/12.. I've been enjoying doing the section on.. wonder and mystery.. at Junior Cycle.. It's challenging to do this with 2nd year students, but I find arts resources helpful - for the first time I got to use a clip from.. The Way.. , the film starring Martin Sheen as a father doing the Camino de Satiago pilgrimage for his deceased son, played by Emilio Estevez, Sheen's real life son and the director of the film.. Overall the film is problematic for school use because of the casual use of soft drugs, but there are some great set pieces.. For these classes I used the scene where the pilgrims finally arrive at the Cathedral - it's a wonderful and moving scene.. I alsp played the song What a Wonderful World.. I used the version.. by Eva Cassidy from her.. Wonderful World.. album (also on the DVD.. Eva Cassidy Sings -.. see clip on left.. , though there's always the definitive version by Louis Armstrong, while Anne Murray has a decent verson on her album of inspirational songs.. What a Wonderful World,.. and I like the version by L'Angelus on their album.. Live Cuts.. 27/4/12.. Last night I hosted a concert in Arklow with.. Sarah McQuaid.. And what an impressive singer-songwriter! Some of her material has spiritual resonance - two I like in particular: a lovely song of thankfulness, In Gratitude I Sing , and a touching reflection on those who have gone before us In Derby Cathedral.. Listen to them here below.. Both songs are from her new album.. In Gratitude I Sing by Sarah McQuaid.. In Derby Cathedral by Sarah McQuaid.. 25/4/12.. Last Sunday night.. Would You Believe.. (RTE 1) ended its current season with the appealing story of.. TeenspiriT.. , an initiative to bring young people closer to their Catholic faith through music.. A major success in Kerry for the last few years, the organisers now seek to bring the spirit to Dublin.. The programme followed their enthusiastic efforts to get ready for this Sunday night's live show in the Olympia.. The Kerry team were finding it hard to impact with the faith message, but they were certainly generating an infectious enthusiasm for the music, an experience they hope will bear fruit in the future.. The programme can be seen.. on the RTE Player until Sunday 13th May.. Read more about TeenspiriT.. In the last few days I've been discussing.. prayer with junior classes.. As part of it I decided to do a little prayer in the classroom - just lighting a candle, doing some prayer readings and playing some music.. One song I found useful was Where Do I Go? by Ashley Cleveland and Gary Chapman, from that great album.. Songs From the Loft (.. play it on left.. ).. This is a catchy song that's actually about prayer and fitted in nicely with what we had been doing in class.. Some of the students were actually joining in.. I think it would also make a great song for a school choir or folk group.. 18/4/12.. Last Sunday night I was delighted to hear a talk by.. Sr Rose Pacatte.. from USA.. in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel Hall on Bachelor's Walk in Dublin.. Sr Rose has written several books on film and faith, and is a prolific blogger on film and other media matters.. Check out.. Sr Rose Pacatte's Movie Blog.. for plenty of information and ideas.. Also check her more general site.. Sr Rose advised deep viewing of films, and at home in the States practised what she called Cinema Divina with small groups - using the movies for spiritual insight and linking them to Scripture.. I was delighted on Moday to give a workshop on.. Film and Music in R.. E.. at the Annual Conference of the Post Primary Diocesan Advisors in All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin.. I showed clips from many of the films mentioned on this website, on the.. film.. pages (incl.. Of Gods and Men, Sophie Scholl, Nacho Libre, The Way, Amazing Grace.. and the confession scene from.. Gran Torino.. - my first chance to give this an outing!).. I also suggested various ways of accessing useful film clips (e.. through.. Wingclips.. ) and how to make one's own clips using the recording function of.. VLC Media Player.. On the music front I played some clips from music DVDs and CDs and recommended the albums I find most useful in RE - e.. Songs From the Loft.. Coram Deo.. (Various Artists),.. Signatures.. by John Michael Talbot,.. Another World.. by Liam Lawton.. I also used, for the first time,.. Mirrorscript.. teleprompter software - (Download from.. This is great for scrolling song lyrics - basically you load a plain text file (e.. from Notepad) into it and scroll it at whatever speed you choose.. To illustrate this I had great fun playing my ukulele and leading the assembled Advisors in a rendition of Kumbya!.. 11/4/11.. One of my favourites programmes over Easter was the.. Preston Passion.. (BBC 1 Good Friday) - a live pageant from the streets of Preston in Northern England.. It was notable for the way the Crown of Thorns motif and images suggesting the Crucifixion were interwoven with the action, which included three pre-recorded dramas linking the Easter story with the experience of Preston itself.. An aerial view showed the Crown of Thorns suggested by strategically placed red ribbons and flags, and I noticed the same motif on the choir members.. One of the dramas linked the story of Jesus to that of a social reformer from Preston who fell foul of the political and religious authorities of the time - the town's Mayor filled in nicely for Pilate, right down to the washing of hands; another took up the theme of Mary's sense of loss at the death of Jesus to tell a touching story about Preston mothers dreading the news of the death of their sons in the trenches of World War 1; the third was a clever reworking of the Stations of the Cross (the Station numbers are subtly embedded in the visuals) as a young girl with an alcoholic mother made sacrifices for others and journeyed through her own Via Dolorosa.. All in all it was an imaginative reflection on the Good Friday story, faithful to the original story, but finding much resonance for today.. I can see myself using clips from this programme in RE class - e.. looking at religious drama as an issue in itself, looking at the Easter story in general, looking at how that story still has something to say to us today.. The short dramas are the perfect length for class work, though the story of the young girl might be painful for some students who might be in similar situations.. There are several clips from the programme.. Last night I finally got to see the film.. , where Clint Eastwood plays an irascible old racist in conflict with local immigrants.. There's quite a bit of foul and racist language so I can't see myself using it in school, but there's a interesting young priest in the story.. He promised the Eastwood character's wife who has just died that will keep an eye on Walt and try to get him to Confession.. Needless to say Grumpy old Walt resists.. The priest is young, and perhaps naieve (Walt didn't have much time for his funeral oration) but he does persist and both of them learn a lot about life and death.. The scenes between them are quite entertaining and thought provoking.. Ultimately there's a touching and funny Confession scene - another worthy addition to my collection of Confession scenes!.. 2/4/12.. How sweet is to be on holidays! To finish up last term I gave some short.. tests to the junior classes.. As we had been doing Images of God I used the Powerpoint (still available on request) as part of the test - showing five images on scren and asking students to write brief coments on each - it worked well.. In this age of differentiation I think it's important to give students something visual to work on for each text.. I also get them to draw in each test - again it caters for the less academic, and makes for some very intersting images to assess.. This time I got students in 2nd Year to draw any scene from Last Supper to Resurrection - the Last Supper was very popular, though I got some lovely illustrations of the Resurrection.. Might get the students' permission to include them here after Easter.. First Years had to do a poster/illustration encouraging or showing the value of religious music as an element of worship.. I haven't marked them yet.. 22/3/12.. Still doing.. Images of God.. with 2nd Year students - looking at images of God on film in particular this week, and still using the old reliables - from the old Insight videos Martin Sheen as a young God in.. The Walls Came Tumbling Down,.. Bob Newhart as a rather inoffensive God in.. Packy,.. God as Trinity in.. Jesus B.. C,.. Charlton Heston as a rather gruff God in.. the film Almost an Angel,.. Morgan Freemnan as God in.. Bruce Almighty or Evan Almighty.. (the most familiar portrayal for students).. I have issues with some elements of.. Bruce Almighty,.. but that scene where he meets God for the first time is a howl.. I show the clips, get the students writing about them and then discussing them.. I got a full class out of Old Testament images of God - and after looking at some of the images, especially in the Psalms, I get the students to draw any one image of their choosing.. That Powerpoint I've done up with various images of God is still available on request - use contact details over on left.. 16/3/12.. Went to see the.. Emmanuel.. 2012.. concert last Wednesday night in the Helix and what a treat! 700 young people singing religious songs with gusto - and over 2000 when you add the three nights together.. My own school was well represented, and two of our students got solos.. And there certainly were some strong solos this year.. The backing musicians were excellent as always - I was particularly impressed by the piano, guitar and sax playing.. One of the highlights of the night was the group from St Mary's School for the Deaf who signed their way through all the material - their persentation was beautuiful, graceful and inspiring.. (see clip above for a news item).. The material was introduced as quality liturgical music and it was certainly that and more.. A lot of the songs had Eucharist as a theme, deliberately so I presume with the International Eucharistic Congress coming up in June.. The Congress theme song, Though We Are Many by Bernard Sexton really felt like an anthem on the night.. There were a few pieces from Liam Lawton's.. Glendalough Mass.. , along with Take and Eat, This is My Body.. ,.. by Ian Callanan, who was conductor for the night.. I also liked his re-working of the old hymn O Sacrament Most Holy.. Were Not Our Hearts , also by Callanan, is a fine song about the disciples on the road to Emmaus.. There were some crowd pleasing foot stompers like Trading My Sorrows and Over My Head , but the final Amen really lifted the roof.. Have been working on.. Images of God.. with second year students, always an enjoyable module.. First off I get them to make their best effort to draw God.. Then I ramble around the class discussing the various illustrations, e.. asking why so many concentrate (sometimes to excess!) on giving God hair.. This year as usual a minority drew abstract shapes or an eye in the sky, while most drew human forms, mostly older versions of Jesus (why so much emphasis on beards??).. As usual there was one or two that left the page blank, which I complemented, even if the motivation was more laziness than theology.. One noteworthy quote: astudent looked at another's drawing of God and said: "If He looks like that God help him!" At the end of the process I noted on the board which aspects of God the students were trying to convey in their pictures.. In the following class I used a Powerpoint I had put together with various images of God from art and film.. This is available on request - use contact link over on left side panel.. 10/3/12.. Have just come across an interesting article on.. praying the Rosary through art.. Professor Maria Stella Ceplecha from St Paul, Miinnesota has chosen the Joyful mysteries to illustrate her point and has illustrated her article with classic paintings.. The article can be accessed by clicking.. 9/3/12.. During the week I continued the classes on the the days in Jesus' life leading up to Easter.. Getting some great artwork from the  ...   was central to the event.. Main speaker in the morning was Fr Michael Paul Gallagher SJ who has written many books about the interface of faith and culture.. It was a deep and complex talk and I'll try to get hold of the text for more in-depth reflection.. He quoted Cardinal Newan's comments The heart is commonly reached, not through the reason, but through the imagination (find the context of this observation.. Colette Clarke gave a presentation on the art of iconography and displayed several appealing examples of the genre, and flagged the work of the Association of Iconographers of Ireland (more info.. In the afternoon there was another interesting talk, this time from Gregory Wolfe an American author and editor of.. Image - a Journal of the Arts and Religion.. 16/6/11.. I've been a fan of Jennifer Warnes for years - the first album of hers I bought was just titled Jennifer Warnes and among other great songs she sang.. Oh God of Loveliness.. (clip on left).. Her most famous album is Famous Blue Raincoat when she recorded some of the songs of Leonard Cohen, and some she co-wrote with him.. This album included the beautiful.. Song of Bernadette.. (see.. page) and.. Joan of Arc.. She has also recorded some traditional Christmas songs which featured on a Hallmark Christmas album some years ago.. Her most recent album is.. The Well.. and one could certainly find some Biblical imagery in the title track, though it's not overt and may not even have been intended.. A new album is apparently in the works.. For a sampler of her work there's always a selection of songs playing on her website.. jenniferwarnes.. 7/6/11.. On Sunday last RTE 1 broadcast.. Mass for the Ascension.. , live and outdoors from the Claddagh in Galway city.. The music was provided by the Tribal Chamber Choir - their selections from Haydn and Handel were excellent but didn't facilitate congregational singing! However the small congregation did join in on.. Ár nAthair.. and the recessional.. Praise My Soul the King of Heaven.. You can look back on this programme.. and for a while on the.. RTE Player.. Religious music was also to the fore on.. , BBC 1's long running show, which provides a comfortable kind of spirituality.. Last Sunday Eamonn Holmes presented the show from Northern Ireland, where Daniel O'Donnell was one of the contributors - he sang a fine acoustic version of "Here I Am Lord", with just guitar accompaniment, while the choir at a Presbyterian church (Hamilton Road, Bangor I think) sang well throughout the programme.. I really enjoyed Artist Ross Wilson's few words on C.. Lewis, and his visually arresting wardrobe sculpture was a fitting tribute to the author - Lewis' letter to a young reader explaining the Christian allegory of his Narnia books was also inscribed on the work.. Later that night BBC 1 Wales carried the first part of.. The Passion of Port Talbot.. , an intriguing documentary on a community based passion play in the Welsh town that had suffered over the years from poor development.. The initiative was led by local man, Michael Sheen, now a famous actor (he played Tony Blair in.. The Queen.. )but it seemed he mainly wanted to tell the story of Port Talbot using the Jesus story as a vehicle, complete with crucifixion scene.. At one stage he said this was all he wanted to do, but later when local clergy became uneasy about the direction the play was taking, he did listen and reassure them that it actually was the story of Jesus (in the guise of "The Teacher"), told in a different way.. Fascinating theatrically, but I thought it felt somewhat empty spiritually.. The performance itself will feature in part 2 this Sunday night.. 29/5/11.. Finally got to see.. The Way.. last night, and I wasn't disappointed.. This new film is about a father-son relationship and is set against the background of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain.. Martin Sheen plays the father, while his son Emilio Estevez plays the son, and also wrote and directed.. It was quite moving, challenging and thought provoking.. Gradually we get to know the Sheen character and the motley crew he meets up with.. It's a strongly human film, and its empathy with the characters is what makes it involving and touching.. The Pilgrimage motif is of course a powerful one - the journey through life, the baggage we carry apart from our backpacks, the varying paths we take, the people we journey with.. Estevez uses the motif subtly enough, but may have been worried about critical reaction as he has the Irish writer (played by James Nesbitt) revel in the "metaphor bonanza" and yet wonder if he is being over fanciful - things may be what they seem and no more than that.. Perhaps Estevez wishes to distance himself from having an overly religious film - at one stage a minor character says it's not about religion at all, and stresses the point.. None of the characters makes an obvious connection with God in any way, yet the film is imbued, in a positive way, with religion, without being heavy handed in any way.. The Sheen character prays, though at the beginning he doesn't see the point.. In a key scene the woman struggles with prayer.. Churches and religious images abound, and there are at least two positive priest characters.. There are some fine set pieces, and such scenes may well be useful in RE, though the full film is probably too long and leisurely for youngsters.. Near the start a French policeman explains the nature of the pilgrimage, and later, on the road, the pilgrims discuss the nature of the "true pilgrim" (both clips useful in classes on pilgrimage).. For symbolism there's a scene at one point where the tradition is to say a prayer and leave a stone at a particular monument (useful for ritual as well).. The scene where they arrive at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostella is really well done, and really captures a sense of awe and wonder.. Among the interesting conversations on the road, one has a subtle pro-life message as a woman wonders about her unborn baby.. Some elements raise questions of suitability for young viewers - in particular there's an ambiguous attitude to soft drugs, but I think it will give mature viewers a warm glow.. Many films deal with journeys (physical and metaphorical) of self discovery but.. has carved out a distinctive little niche of its own.. In the last few days I've been showing parts of the film.. Sophie Scholl, The Final Days,.. with 3rd Year students.. (Sophie Scholl was a real life character who campaigned against the Nazis in Germany - she was arrested for leafletting).. It fits in really well with the morality element of the course.. I even used the clip on left as past of my assessment with the TY students.. This clip is the final interrogation of Sophie, and the script is based on transcripts of the original interrogation.. One could get several classes out of this ten-minute clip - issues raised include conscience, the state and religion, empathy, world view, persecution of the Jews and the mentally ill, and God.. Sophie is a great role model for young people, but even the interrogator is an interesting character.. I was glad to see the third years absorbed by this, as there's a lot of talk, and it's subtitled.. 19/5/11.. We had a visit from the.. Diocesan Advisor.. earlier this week for presentation of certificates from the Diocese in recognition for the students' work in RE during the year.. We've opted for this scheme for the last few years and I think it's a great way to give some positive feedback to the students.. Some of them spoke enthusiastically about their work, some did not! As part of the course students were required to produced a work of art with religious themes, and some displayed their wares on the day.. The results varied.. There were a few hurried drawings, a few interesting poems, a visual presentaion on the moving statues phenomenon of the 80's and some music.. Looking back on the year most had positive memories of their retreat with Net Ministries and the concert with John Angotti back in September.. Tomorrow is the start of their RE assessment - questions on a poem (I've chosen.. Love.. by George Herbert) and a song that I'll play for them (on CD I hasten to add)-.. by the Roches (see clip above left), an appropriate end to a module on religion and the arts.. 14/5/11.. Will hopefully be on.. Spirit Radio.. this coming Monday around 10.. 25 or so.. Should have been last Monday but technical hitches got in the way.. This week I hope to be reviewing the newly released film.. starring Martin Sheen.. Was doing the Edmund Rice story just after Easter (May 5th is his day) and got a lot of mileage out of artist Desmond Kyne's wonderful Icon of Edmund Rice.. We have a copy in the school hall, but the folks at ERST produced a special Powerpoint version that takes students through all the panels of the icon.. Among other resources when doing the.. Resurrection.. I used this year for the first time the Resurrection scene (see clip from this on left) at the end of.. The Miracle Maker.. , the beautifully animated version of the life of Jesus.. Apart from a few giggles at Mary Magdalen's very emotional reactions (I teach boys) it seemed to hold the attention.. Several clips from this film can be viewed (and downloaded if you subscribe to the free account or higher) on the.. relevant Wingclips page.. I also got students drawing their own Resurrection scenes - some interesting images resulted, many having Jesus exclaiming "I'm back!".. 3/5/11.. Last Saturday night in the National Concert Hall I got to see.. The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace.. , a striking work by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.. I had seen it before in Cork, but this time Jenkins himself conducted and it was accompanied by film clips to illustrate its powerful message of peace amidst all the war and militarism, mostly of the 20th Century.. The orchestra and choirs were great, but I found myself mostly absorbed by the film clips - quite a saddening panorama of our times, but after all the menace and violence the piece certainly ends on a calming, peaceful and hopeful note.. This performance will be repeated in the University of Limerick on Sunday 8th May.. One of the movements is the Benedictus, and the clip on left gives a flavour of the experience though it's not from Saturday's performance.. 29/4/11.. Just came across an intriguing article, where Jennifer Fulwiler, a blogger and Catholic convert, list her ten favourite Rap songs.. The title of the article caught my eye -.. Top 10 Rap Songs for Catholics.. ! Rap is not one of my favourite music genres but every class we teach has probably got a few rap fans (and probably a few who can't stand it!).. I remember having one student who was constantly referencing Tupac, and I notice that one of his songs is on the list.. This kind of music often gets a bad rap (!) for bad language and violent lyrics, but Fulwiler has navigated her way to what seems likes some interesting material.. to read the article.. 28/4/11.. On Tuesday night last I headed up to.. Tobar Mhuire.. , the Passionist Monastery in Crossgar Co.. Down to hear a.. L'Angelus concert.. Unfortunately the band didn't do any gigs down south during this mini-tour (back in July, and doing World Youth Day in August)), but it was certainly worth the trip up north.. As usual the band gave a great show, and their new songs were well up to standard.. The old standards were on the setlist too, and along with the good-time Cajun songs they performed some of their sacred repertoire - including.. Be Thou My Vision, Ave Maria,.. and those beautiful watlzes -.. The Waltz of St Cecila.. The Waltz of the Sorrowful Mysteries.. It was an appropriate venue for these songs as it was in the multi purpose room that mainly serves as the church for the Passionist Community in Crossgar.. Thanks to Fr John and the other members of the community for the excellent hospitality and the sing song that followed the gig for those staying over.. The monastery also featured a striking Stations of the Cross - figures arranged in the recesses of girders sunk into the courtyard - very effective.. For St Patrick's Day I made up a slide show of images of the saint - now I've a new one to add - the rather modern sculpture of the saint on the way out of Downpatrick - pic above.. 25/4/11.. While passion plays have a long history, it was inevitable that the movies would eventually tell the story of Jesus.. The first feature length version, "From the Manger to the Cross" (1912) was the subject of the documentary.. First Passion.. , on TG4 last week.. It was intriguing on many levels - there were clips from the movie, and while I would like to have seen more, they were rather melodramatic as usual for silent movies, and it was strange that a film about The Word featured so few words! In a move that was revolutionary for its time they shot the film in the original Holy Land locations.. One contributor suggested that this was partly to provide American audiences with a sort of virtual pilgrimage of the area.. Robert Henderson-Bland played Jesus and wrote extensively about it.. The role had a profound effect on him, some even said it unhinged him, but he went on to become a decorated World War I hero.. As cinema at the time was widely regarded as a gimmick, the venture was regarded as potentially blasphemous by some and efforts were made to diffuse criticism - for example scripture quotes were displayed on screen between some of the scenes.. Cinemas were given tips as to how to create a respectful atmosphere - no eating, drinking or laughing! In fact the programme made out that the film had an impact on how cinema audiences in general responded to cinema, as it was longer and more serious than what the average audience was used to.. Pre-screenings were given to clergy and posters carried an "endorsed by the clergy" tag - surely the kiss of death for any film today! And this despite the fact that there wasn't a resurrection scene.. As regards school use I could see myself using some of this documentary in class - as part of the films and religion module in Transition Year I look at the issues relating to films about Jesus and this certainly a trailblazer of the genre.. At the time of writing the documentary is still available to watch on the TG4 website in three segments - for the first part click.. 22/4/11.. Passion in the Pale.. (RTE 1 last night) was a most absorbing and entertaining programme.. The main element was coverage of a passion play performed in the streets of Dublin in 2010.. Good to see the passion play tradition getting such a fresh treatment, and good to see the whole process for the actors and director starting with a gospel reading.. As often happens with such a venture, some of the actors spoke of being quite moved by taking part.. Watching the rehearsals was fascinating, and on performance day the rain added to the sad atmosphere - the tears of wailing women around Jesus blended in particularly well.. Another striking touch was the way the cross was sitting on the Last Supper table - effective but unnerving! Running parallel to this was a performance of St Matthew's Passion by Bach in the Pro-Cathedral, with orchestra and several choirs, including loads of youngsters.. I'm not sure that the two elements of the film blended or were balanced together that well, but the common passion motif did provide a degree of unity, and all in all film maker Patrick Butler who wrote, edited and produced this work deserves our gratitude and compliments.. I can see myself using this, or parts of it at least when I do the drama section of my Religion and Arts module with Transition Year class next year.. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available on the RTE Player.. 17/4/11.. I got to see a preview of new film.. , on the Spanish Civil War and the early days of St Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.. I'll post a more detailed review nearer the time for its Irish release.. Directed by Roland Joffé (.. ), it's quite inspiring, thought-provoking, even poetic at times, with really creative use of imagery.. And there are times when it sad, and even unsettling.. The most prominent theme is that of forgiveness, and there are many scenes useful for Religious Education - e.. on forgiveness, Eucharist, Reconciliation (there's a great clandestine confession scene in a zoo!).. 13/4/11.. Was back on.. last Monday - it's now a monthly slot with more time available - 2nd Monday of the month sometime 10.. 20 to 10.. 40.. Last Monday presenter Ronan Johnston and I discussed Josh Groban's new album.. Iluminations.. (pic on left) - some spiritual imagery in there, including in Declan O'Rourke's song Galileo.. I'll post full review of that album shortly.. I wasn't much into Groban's music but this album is impressive - excellent production by Rick Rubin, who has worked with a wide range of artists, from Johnny Cash to Slayer!.. We also discussed a CD I picked up at the weekend -.. Laudate.. features Taizé music recorded in Gort Mhuire in Dublin.. - originally it came out on cassette but I hadn't got my own copy, so I was thrilled to find one copy in Veritas Cork last weekend.. It's one of the best Taizé albums and I've already used it in class.. I flagged the forthcoming John Michael Talbot album,.. Worship and Bow Down.. due out in June (see News page) and was glasd that Ronan was familiar with his work, and also a great fan like myself.. I was able to talk about the Emmanuel concert I attended recently, and the Teen SpiriT concerts in Cork and Kerry featured on Nationwide of 6th April (may be available on the.. Finally I recommended the new film.. - more of that on the blog in a day or two.. 1/4/11.. Today I got to use my first film clip downloaded from.. - a brilliant web resource where you can watch and download readymade film clips on a huge range of themes.. The clip I used (included above) was of the.. Last Supper.. from.. It is animated but done really well.. This was available in the free section of the site and though it was supposed to be low quality I was very happy with it - I played it full screen from a data projector.. The clip downloaded in a format that Windows Media Player can handle, so it was convenient.. We had already used the equivalent sequence from.. Jesus of Nazareth.. and the students had been drawing their own Last Supper scenes (heavinly influenced by Leonardo!).. There were a few giggles at the animated apostles, but it held the attention.. 24/3/11.. Last night I got to experience the opening night of.. Emmanuel 2011.. in the Helix.. It was brilliant - around 700 students singing their hearts out as they performed a wide range of liturgical music from plain chant to modern gospel.. Our own school had a group included so I was glad to be able to support them.. Students had been praticing the music for a few months in school and yesterday was the first time they came together.. Christ Among Us.. by David Haas set the tone,.. Lord I Want to Be a Christian.. was an African spiritual and featured some good solos and tasty guitar work.. Irish composers were well represented, including Ronan McDonagh, Liam Lawton, Bernard Sexton and Ian Callanan who directed the choirs and got to blow out a birthday cake at the end.. Apart from his own compositions, including the touching.. Warm Embrace,.. he had arranged some of the material, e.. A Mhuire Mháthair.. The audience got a chance to join in especially on.. Come Bring Your Burdens to God.. where we had to learn three-part harmony on the spot.. Things livened up big-time in the second half, starting with.. I Will Follow Him.. from Sister Act.. We got a taste of the theme song for the upcoming Eucharistic Congress -.. by Bernard Sexton.. Trading My Sorrows.. by Darrell Evans had everybody joining in the hand gestures, while.. Thanks and Praise.. by John Angotti and Ed Boldne had all the students standing swaying and clapping.. Go Out and Tell.. by Bobby Fisher and Greg Lee was the perfect song to finish, sending us all out on a high! Fr Pat O'Donohue, Dublin Diocese Director of Music called on anyone involved in parishes to let this music and these students uplift our liturgies.. Amen to that!.. 22/3/11.. Web TV served me well last weekend as I was able to watch the.. Religious Education Congress.. from Annaheim in the Diocese of Los Angeles from the comfort of home.. I was particularly impressed by the music, in performances and liturgies.. Our own Liam Lawton, along with Tony Alonso conducted one presentation, "Castle of the Soul", on the Saturday - it was beautiful.. Earlier we got to hear the Jacob and Matthew Band, who provided the lively theme song from the Congress, "People Rise Up".. There was also a reference to a Jazz Mass, but unfortunately that wasn't featured in the webcast.. The music at the closing liturgy with new Archbishop José Gomez was particularly striking, as was the whole event.. There was much liturgical dancing, which I found distracting, but it certainly was graceful and respectful.. Clip on left shows Opening Ceremony.. 12/3/11.. Last night I got to see.. The Rite.. , the latest film with a exorcism theme.. In terms of that genre it is well made, literate, and is boosted by an intense performance by Anthony Hopkins as an old exorcist.. Much of the film is about the struggle between doubt and faith, especially in a young seminarian, but the film is strongly supportive of faith.. I can't see much use for it in RE class though as the material is quite disturbing, and the tone is unrelentingly serious.. The exorcism scenes aren't all that graphic by modern standards, but thery are unsettling, especially as the main character who is possessed is a young girl pregnant from incest.. It is thought provoking for a very mature audience, but you have to remind yourself that it's entertainment as well and there are some clichéd and OTT elements (room full of frogs for example!).. On last Monday's interview on Spirit Radio I discussed a recent film.. Paul.. It tells the story of a foul-mouthed alien who meets two sci-fi nerds played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (from.. Hot Fuzz.. Shawn of the Dead.. I wanted to like it, and there were some funny moments, but the crudenesss and bad language was way over the top.. Worse still there was at times a sneering and dismissive attitude to religious faith.. The particular target was a creationist family - the father is a rough bible-and-shotgun-totin' redneck, while the daughter, who thinks the very existence of the alien contradicts the Bible and so resolves to make up for her years of piety with some intense sinning and swearing.. Definitely leaves a sour taste.. 17/2/11.. Got to speak on.. last Monday - I was interviewed about faith and the arts on Ronan Johnston's morning show.. Discussed some films,.. Of God's and Men.. The King's Speech.. , Ashley Cleveland's performance in the Transatlantic Sessions and various issues relating to teaching RE and English.. Looks like it will become a weekly slot - around 10.. 30 am on Mondays.. (I hide away in my classroom during a free class!) Spirit Radio is on FM in the main cities (On FM in Dublin 89.. 1) and.. There's also an iPhone app, and it's on the Nokia Internet Radio app (available free from the.. OVI store.. 9/2/11.. Have been doing.. the miracles of Jesus.. for the last few days with second year students.. The students seem quite clued in and are familiar with many miracles.. I've been showing various clips of these from films on the life of Jesus - for example there's a good portrayal of the raising of Lazarus in the.. Gospel of John.. film, featuring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus (he played Desmond in.. Lost.. From.. I used clips of the miraculous catch of fish (very striking visually), the healing of the paralysed man (which follows soon after), the raising of the daughter of Jairus, the miracle of the loaves and fishes and the healing of the blind man.. As well as that I've been getting the students to illustrate their choice of the miracles of Jesus.. 6/2/11.. I finally got to see the film.. Des Hommes et Des Dieux.. ) , still drawing crowds at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin.. This tells the true story of a group of Cistercian monks under threat from Islamist terrorists in Algeria.. It's a slow moving drama but well worth the effort to stay with it.. Rarely have I seen a film with such depth of faith and respect for its subject.. It's not in the least bit preachy or sentimental, but treats the deepest of religious themes in an accessible but challenging way.. Unless you know the historical background very well it's entirely unpredictable - I couldn't help thinking at various stages that Hollywood would treat it so differently, but thankfully it avoids clichés and stereotypes.. The characters of the monks is what appeals most as they try to serve the local Muslim population with respect and compassion.. The increasing terrorist violence in the areas puts them on edge as they grapple with internal and external conflicts, agonising over whether they should stay and risk all or leave to save themselves.. I couldn't see myself showing the whole film in class, because it's so slow moving and so much requiring maturity in the viewer (there's also a rather graphic killing), but there are several scenes that might work well.. For example, the scene where they get their first visit from the terrorists is particular striking and tense, and features an unusual bit of impromptu inter-faith dialogue! Later the monks sing together (as they do regularly in the film) in an act of solidarity as a military helicopter hovers menacingly overhead.. A scene where they finally decide what to do is also of interest, while near the end there's a touching letter from one of the monks about the relationships between Christians and Muslims.. Several scenes show the monks in intense moments of prayer.. What remained with me most was the individuals and their relationships - the character of each monk is portrayed beautifully, and the film stands as a tribute to their human dignity, cameraderie, courage and faith.. The film has been held over at the Lighthouse much longer than expected due to public demand - significant that a challenging film with religion so central should develop such a following.. This weekend's.. Irish Times.. features an excellent article.. Can Modern Art Keep the Faith.. , by Gemma Tipton.. This piece looks at the the relationship between art and religion in history and in modern times.. You can read it.. 5/2/11.. Catholic Schools Week.. was a great chance to try some new initiatives - a greater variety of prayers at assembly, greater use of sacred space.. One of the prayer services provided in the official resource booklet called for the Taizé chant.. O Lord Hear My Prayer.. to be played/sung.. By coincidence or otherwise someone had just sent me a 3-CD collection The Best Taizé Album in the World.. Ever.. I wasn't expecting to use it so soon! The album features 50 Taizé chants and I'm sure I'll get great use out of it in school.. I'll review it soon.. I wasn't so sure how it would fare out with the students, but some of the first and second year students I tried it with left the prayer room singing.. Jesus Remember Me.. !.. The resource booklet also featured many other musical suggestions, and also in one of the Thoughts For the Day featured a quote from an Emily Dickinson poem.. I Never Saw a Moor.. - I never spoke with God,/ Nor visited in heaven;/ Yet certain am I of the spot/ As if the chart were given.. Well, it was about time.. Finally, a national Christian radio station for Ireland! With the country's religious demographic it's a wonder it didn't happen long ago, but that's a long story.. launched last week and here's hoping it will be a roaring success.. I dipped in and out of it plenty of times in the last week, but my comments are tentative, as I didn't hear absolutely every programme.. First impressions were favourable - not only plenty of Christian music, but positive and uplifting secular music as well (U2, Tom Baxter and David Gray for example).. The "positive" message is very strong, with frequent slogans and reminders - "passion for life", "Ireland's positive sound", "positive encouraging music".. Yes we do need strong doses of positivity, but maybe this could be toned down just a tad when the station becomes more established.. More effective are the short spiritual reflections that play every now and then.. My favourite show so far was Acoustic Sundays - an evening show with Ronan Johnston (RoJo) which features contemporary acoustic music for discerning listeners (like me!).. Johnston's weekday morning show sounds promising too.. Last Monday when I tuned in there was a discussion, with Brother Kevin Crowley among others, about the Capuchin day care centre which has been receiving lots of well-deserved publicity of late for its work with the homeless.. At the weekend Jacki Ascough presented a Saturday afternoon show where, along with the music there were useful updates about community and faith-based events like the last Saturday's Gospel Voices concert and Transatlantic Sessions event (see below).. Overall the station is too pop orientated for my liking, but no doubt it will appeal to young Christians who normally listen to Today FM or RTE's 2FM, introducing them to a whole new range of music woefully neglected by the mainstream stations.. It would help to have the presenters being present more often after each song to tell us who the performer is and give some background - too often it went from song to song and it was hard to know who you were listening to.. Also, I look forward as well to hearing more talk shows on the station - I think the mix needs to be rebalanced more in that direction, with more varied theme-based shows rather than relying on individuals to carry long programmes on their own.. But it's early days yet, and so far so good.. For the moment the station is only broadcasting through the traditional airwaves in the main cities, but it can also be heard live on the station's website (www.. spiritradio.. ie) , on internet radios, via an iPhone app and the Nokia phone Internet Radio app.. So far Spirit is treading the interdenominational line quite astutely - followers of the Christian religions in Ireland should find nothing to offend and much to inspire, and long may that last.. 1.. 5/1/11.. Act III Sc i: In the famous To be or not to be soloiloque Hamlet reflects on our attitudes to the sufferings of life - we can put up with them ( suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune ) or fight them ( take arms against a sea of troubles ).. Suffering people opt away from self-destruction because of the dread of something after death , perhaps judgement and punishment for that sin.. (Clip on left features Mel Gibson as Hamlet).. Shortly after he vents his anger on Ophelia.. Get thee to a nunnery he tells her, lest she be a breeder of sinners.. Those running nunneries might not be too pleased at his characterisation of their establishments.. Hamlet's jaundiced view of women is expressed viciously to Ophelia and stems from what he feels as his betrayal by her (she has spurned him on the insistence of her father Polonius) and by his mother Gertrude (who had an affair with his Uncle Claudius, whom she married after the murder of her husband by the same Claudius).. His harsh words to her seem to be directed at women in general - God hath given you one face and you make yourselves another.. you jig, you amble and you lisp, and nickname God's creatures.. 12/1/11.. Act II Sc ii: In his discussion with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Hamlet shows a high opinion of human nature, seeing it perhaps as God's work, and suggesting the idea of people being made in God's image: What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! And yet, in the next breath man is the quintessence of dust - a hint of what we learn about ourselves on Ash Wednesday.. Towards the end of the scene (clip on left, featuring David Tennant as Hamlet) the troubling issue of revenge comes up again.. Hamlet thinks he is Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell.. Earlier Hamlet had followed Christian teaching in relation to suicide, but now seems to regard revenge as his duty.. Again he wonders if this ghost has been sent to fool him, though this may be another ploy of his, perhaps subconsciously, to avoid doing what he feels is his duty - The spirit that I have seen may be the devil.. He also realises that sometimes evil can present itself as something pleasant and attractive - the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape.. 11/1/11.. Back to.. now in English class, on the revision trail, so I thought I'd better get back to my study of the.. religious themes in Hamlet.. Didn't make much progress at.. last attempt.. Act I Sc iv sees Hamlet meeting the ghost of his dead father.. Hamlet is aware of the need for spiritual protection ( Angels and ministers of grace defend us ), in case this apparition is a goblin damn'd.. He follows it against the advice of his friends - he knows it can't harm his immortal soul: for my soul, what can it do to that, Being a thing immortal as itself?.. Act I Sc v: The ghost, Hamlet Senior, seems to be in Purgatory (described with traditional imagery, making up for his sins) - confin'd to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purg'd away.. He's not allowed to tell what it's like there, but hints that it's most unpleasant: I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,.. It seems close to the Catholic teaching on Purgatory, yet he is allowed to walk the earth at night, and urge his son to get revenge for him ( Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder ), hardly a very Catholic or Christian idea.. He is understandably aggrieved that being murdered he didn't get a chance to repent of his sins and be prepared for judgement: Unhous'led, disappointed, unanel'd, No reckoning made, but sent to my account With all my imperfections on my head.. Towards the end Hamlet seems to warn Horatio to allow for the spiritual aspects of life: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.. To be continued.. Cute date or what! Just had to write something today.. Have been using my Three Wise Men resources (see below) this week with varying degrees of success.. Belatedly I added one more resource that has proved popular with students - Will Vinton's claymation of the song.. We Three Kings.. , featuring the coolest camels ever.. See clip on left.. The first year students in particular were clued into the themes as some had played the wise men in their school nativity plays.. 6/1/11.. On the feast of the Epiphany.. I've been putting together some resources, old and new, on the.. I usually get some classes out of this theme in the first week back after Christmas, though first day back is usualy closer to the 6th than it is this year.. I've organised a short playlist, featuring two versions of the song.. The Roches version is rather tongue-in-cheek but I like it.. John Michael Talbot's version is beautiful and more conventional.. Then there's T.. Eliot reading the.. Journey of the Magi.. I've added these and more, including video clips to a special new.. Wise Men Page.. so you can play them from there.. I've also added links to relevant poems stories and images.. Previous Blogs:.. ;.. Jan-Feb 2010.. Nov-Dec 09.. Oct 09.. Sept 09.. Dec 2007;..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Films
    Descriptive info: Films.. The films listed here deal with a variety of religious themes and may be of use in the classroom.. Themes are indicated and in many cases helpful clips are suggested.. In fact using clips may be a lot more effective in education than showing whole films, which take up several classes, dissipating the impact.. Also, some of the films may not in their entirety be very appropriate, but may contain some clips that will illustrate a point nicely.. Amazing Grace (2007).. This is an inspiring film that tells the story on the campaign to abolish slavery in England, focussing on the efforts of William Wilberforce to get an anti-slavery bill through Parliament.. It moves slowly, goes back and forward in time quite a bit, but still holds the attention.. There are so many clips that could be used in religion class, and not just on slavery and justice issues.. For example there's an early sequence where Wilberforce tries to discern his vocation in life - torn between the work of God and his political activities.. Eventually he believes he can do both by campaigning against slavery.. Other useful clips include a scene where he meets his mentor John Newton, writer of the song.. and a former slave ship owner who is now haunted (metaphorically) by the ghosts of the slaves he carried.. The representation of slavery is not that graphic, but there are descriptions in another early scene where a group of like minded friends gather at table to discuss the issue with Wilberforce, and later when some well off citizens are given a close quarters experience of a slave ship.. The scenes where he addresses parliament should also be useful in holding students' attention and introducing issues.. The Execution of Private Slovik (1974).. I saw this film many years ago and it made a lasting impact.. It's the true story of Eddie Slovik (played superbly by Martin Sheen) the only American soldier to be executed since the Civil War - he was shot for desertion in World War Two.. It is simple basic and hard hitting, and as moving as when it was first made.. It is not in the least heavy handed in it's message, and some viewers may even find Slovik a somewhat unsympathetic character.. Two scenes in particular are useful for class - around the middle of the film the chaplain talks to the firing squad about the morality of it all, and towards the end there is Slovik's final experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.. He prays on the way to execution, but this scene is tough going and may not be suitable for younger classes at least.. And without the context of the full film the emotional impact wouldn't be the same.. Man For All Seasons, A.. (1966).. Oscar winning account of the conflict between Henry VIII and St Thomas Moore.. Paul Schofield is outstanding as Moore and script by Robert Bolt is intelligent.. Students may find the full film hard to concentrate on, but there is an excellent scene in the jail near the end where Moore's family try to persuade him to capitulate and be set free - enough here for a few classes on morality and standing up for your principles.. This is followed by the dramatic courtroom scene which should hold the students' attention big time.. Mission, The (1986).. Another literate screenplay by Robert Bolt in this sweeping epic of idealistic Jesuit missionaries in South America at the time of the Conquistadores.. I've seen the historical accuracy questioned on some details, and the portrayal of the conniving Church authorities is rather stereotyped, but Ray McAnally does humanise the Cardinal somewhat.. The main  ...   drawn, some being there merely to represent different points of view.. Two scenes of particular use in the classroom are when Romero comes to retrieve the Eucharist from a church occupied by the military - this is tense and shocking in a way; there's also the last few minutes when we hear Romero speaking out against the repression on the radio as the assassin prepares to kill him and does, as the Bishop is saying Mass.. The film has an over-15 cert which is about right.. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.. A striking about a young student, motivated by her Christian faith, campaigning against the Nazis in Germany during the war.. The religious element is there, but subtly integrated.. In German, with English subtitles, it is riveting as we see her interrogated by the German police, and all the more poignant as it is based on real events.. Julia Jentsch does a brilliant job in the main role.. Despite the setting there is no graphic violence, but there is plenty of tension.. One scene of particular use in class starts with Sophie praying one night in prison, leading to a scene with her interrogator where conscience is discussed.. Static (1985).. This is a weird one.. Keith Gordon plays Ernie Blick, an imaginative young inventor who claims to have invented a TV that can tune in Heaven.. He also collects distorted crucifixes from the crucifix factory where he works! Food for discussion there.. I've heard people claiming that it's blasphemous and others accusing it of ramming religion down their throats.. It's certainly intriguing.. The fact that it's hard to categorise was illustrated when the merchandising for the video version sought to portray it as science fiction, but it has been well received by the critics.. The tone is ambiguous - are we meant to take it all seriously or is it just delicious irony? One of the best scenes for classroom use is when Ernie reveals his invention to his friends and family - the scene should hold students as its rich in anticipation - we don't know until this moment what the great invention is.. It could be a useful component in discussions on the afterlife, and it has resonances of the Tower of Babel story.. The relationship between Ernie and a childhood friend (quirky but moving performance by Amanda Plummer) is platonic but very warm.. There are about two F-words and some minor vulgarities in the film, which received an over-15 cert on video.. Director: Mark Romanek.. We Were Soldiers (2002).. Though it's a graphic war film, this account of a battle in the early days of the Vietnam War may be of interest.. Mel Gibson plays a real life caring commander, whose main interest is the safety of his men, who find themselves pinned down after landing unaware into a huge base of Vietnamese soldiers.. He is a spiritual person, prays a lot, and seems to be genuine about it, though in one early scene his prayers in church with a fellow soldier falls rather short of respect for the enemy.. However the overall viewpoint of the film is respectful to the Vietnamese soldiers.. There are also some moving scenes as word of casualties arrives back at this company's base in the USA.. A Walk to Remember.. (2002).. Here's a novelty - a trendy teen film whose heroine is genuinely religious.. The opening is dramatic and the film holds the attention with its fine charaterisations.. It is not overbearing in its positive messages and that's not all that's going on.. Apart from faith it deals with relationships, school bullying, marriage and death.. Hard to fault though the ending is somewhat sentimental..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Poetry
    Descriptive info: For the moment most of the poetry resources are.. This is my Teachnet project on the religious themes of poetry on the Irish Leaving Certificate Course (Senior Cycle).. Read some of the poems of John Paul II.. for my Blog entries on using poetry in the teaching of Religious Education.. for my article on.. The Search for Meaning in Senior Cycle Poetry..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Drama
    Descriptive info: For the moment most of the drama resources are.. This is my Teachnet project on the religious themes in Shakespearean drama.. for my Blog entries on using drama in the teaching of Religious Education.. for my article.. Images of God in Film and TV Drama..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Music
    Descriptive info: for reviews of individual CDs.. This a personal selection which will hopefully become more comprehensive in time.. Initially I have listed the music by performer, indicating useful or inspiring songs.. Some are effective to enhance prayer and meditation, some may be used to encourage discussion of key themes.. Many are available through religious book and music shops such as.. , online retailers like.. Christian Discs.. is a great source for the American material.. Some recommended songs may turn up on other albums by the same artists or on compilation albums.. Links are given to artists' websites where there may be samples their work to listen to or download.. Beth Nielsen Chapman.. Superb singer songwriter from America.. Her mainstream albums often contain spiritual themes of a general nature, e.. bereavement on the.. Sand and Water.. (1997) album, but in Autumn 2004 she released the album.. Hymns,.. (review.. beautiful versions of traditional Catholic hymns in Latin most conducive to meditation, with some English language tracks including the outstanding Oh God of Loveliness.. In Spring 2007, she released a DVD of a wonderful concert of spiritual songs from St Paul's Cathedral in London -.. If Love Could Say God's Name.. ), and in Autumn.. 2007 released.. Prism,.. a double CD, of spiritual songs from many religious cultures, with some new material as well.. betnielsenchapman.. com.. Amy Grant.. One America's best known contemporary Christian music singers.. Her Christmas albums are a treat, combining traditional songs with some excellent new ones.. The rock orientated albums are worth looking into - e.. on.. Lead Me On.. (1988).. there's What About the Love? a striking indictment of judgementalism.. Legacy.. Hymns of Faith.. on the other hand is a reflective, largely acoustic collection of traditional gospel songs.. amygrant.. Mark Heard.. Sadly deceased, Heard was an insightful songwriter little known in Ireland.. Some of his work was gospel orientated and all of it was infused with true human values and spiritual insight.. Best album is.. Second Hand.. (1991) an acoustic rock collection, which features among others Lonely Moon about how secular culture can squeeze the Spirit out of people.. Another highlight is the powerful statement of faith My Redeemer  ...   written by a soldier who regrets what he has done in war and wants to make up for it; Hallejuah is a moving reflection on illness.. roches.. Liam Lawton.. One of the best known Irish composers of modern liturgical music.. His work,.. e.. In the Quiet.. is particularly suitable for class prayer services and meditation.. Another World.. (2004) figured prominently in the album charts following the Autumn 2004 tour and features guests like Brian Kennedy and Maire Brennan.. His latest is.. Song of the Celtic Soul.. (2007).. Sal Solo.. Another of the small band of Catholic performers in the field.. Sal was originally part of the 80's rock group Classix Nouveaux, had a chart hit in the UK with San Damiano , and did retreat work in The UK and Ireland.. His best work is the album.. Look at Christ.. (1991).. a sensitive light-rock treatment of the decades of the Rosary.. There is much here for school folk groups and class prayer services, including the standout track Holy Spirit.. salsolo.. The most famous Catholic composer and performer of contemporary Christian music.. His output of high quality reflective albums has been prolific.. Particularly suitable for school use are.. Songs for Worship.. (1983).. instrumental albums like.. The Quiet, Brother to Brother.. (1996).. a fine collection of duets with Michael Card featuring songs for many occasions and themes, and.. Table of Plenty.. (1997) his collection of favourite worship songs by other composers.. The retrospective.. Signatures.. (2003) offers a good chance to catch up on some of JMT's most popular songs.. City of God.. (2005) featuring more classic folk/gospel songs from the Catholic tradition, including.. Here I Am, City of God, Sing to the Mountains, Abba Father.. The latest, his 50th album, is.. Living Water -.. clips available on his website.. johnmichaeltalbot.. Jennifer Warnes.. She records mostly secular material, but there are some spiritual gems on her albums.. On.. (1977) there's a short version of Oh God of Loveliness , while on.. Famous Blue Raincoat.. (1987.. there's the well known and deeply moving Song of Bernadette and the intriguing Joan of Arc , a duet with Leonard Cohen, which provides plenty of discussion material..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Articles
    Descriptive info: Articles on Site.. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Film) - Study Guide for RE.. A guide to using the film Sophie Scholl: The Final Days in the classroom.. Of Gods and Men (Film) - Study Guide for RE.. An article that identifies various clips in the film Of Gods and Men that are useful for teaching a variety of themes in RE.. Hughie O'Donohghue.. A review by Pamela Hardesty of religious elements in the work of artist Hughie O'Donoghue.. Arts Resources for Holy Week and Easter.. Arts resources, including music, poems, video clips, useful for Religion teachers covering Holy Week and Easter.. Arts Resources for Advent and Christmas.. A look at various arts resources that can be used in classroom through Advent, Christmas and the new year.. Religious Themes in.. Prison Break.. A review of religious themes in popular TV drama series.. An approach for teaching about images of God in film and TV drama, using a variety of practical examples, with film clips.. The Search for Meaning in Poetry.. Looking at the search for meaning in Leaving Certificate course poetry, tying in with the Leaving Cert Religious Education syllabus.. Church Going - a Poem by Phillip Larkin.. A short article on the poem.. Church Going.. by Phillip Larkin, in which the poet, not apparently a believer, finds himself drawn, nevertheless to visit churches.. Using Music DVDs in R.. Class.. Guidelines on using music DVDs in Religion class, with plenty of examples.. Religion in TV Series Lost.. A review of the religious themes in hit TV drama series.. Modern Christmas Music.. A guide to some contemporary Christmas and Advent music.. Time to try something different!.. The Da Vinci Code.. Breda O'Brien takes a wry look at some of the bizarre elements in this best selling novel.. Lord of the Rings and Evil.. An article by Breda O'Brien that looks at the manifestation of evil in.. and in contemporary society.. When Art Offends.. Art has the power to change minds and hearts, but it can at times be offensive, even doownright blasphemous.. The Conversion of Oscar Wilde.. On the 150th anniversary of his birth, this article looks at the relationship between the writer and hs faith.. Lord of the Rings: The Achievement of a Christian Culture.. On the occasion of the release of the third installment of Peter Jackson's film trilogy of.. The Lord of the Rings.. Fr John Hogan looks at some religious themes and cultural issues.. The Life of Jesus on Film.. A look at how Jesus has been portrayed on film from 1898 to the present day.. Religion in The X-Files.. A review of the religious themes in this groundbreaking TV show.. Chris Carter's Millenium.. Another series from.. X-Files.. creator Chris Carter - plenty of spiritual themes, but with a darker mood.. Three Priests and a Truman.. An essay on how priests are portrayed in the films.. On the Waterfront.. The Mission.. The Field,.. with a consideration of some spiritual themes in.. The Truman Show.. External Articles.. An Introduction to the World of Iconography.. An article, by Sr Aloysius, that introduces the tradition of iconography, including the use of colour symbolism.. Music and Liturgy.. A chapter from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - "Music and Liturgy.. " In The Spirit of the Liturgy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000).. The Way of Beauty.. An extract from Pope Benedict's work.. On Beauty as a Way to God: Art "Is Like a Door Opened to the Infinite.. The Logos of Sacred Music.. Composer Paul Jernberg tells of his approach in composing works that are fresh and new, while reflecting the timeless principles that constitute sacred music.. Listen also to his beautiful newly composed Mass.. A Poet of the Passion of Christ.. A short  ...   book on the subject, dealing with the artist's faith and art.. Hearts Uplifted.. Or,.. How to Sing Your Way Out of Hel.. l - A complex article by Anthony Esolen, looking at questions of beauty and praise focussing on the writings of Dante in particular.. Chant: Music for the Few? Or the Many?.. Lucy Carroll, organist and choir director at the Carmelite monastery in Philadelphia, discusses the history and usage of Gregorian chant.. Benedict's Mozart.. An article by REV.. ANDREAS KRAMARZ, showing what Pope Benedict has learned from the music of Mozart.. Heartbreak Beat: The Lonely State of Rock Music.. Contemporary artists are turning away from social commentary to make soundtracks for navel-gazing, according to Kate Bluett.. His Bobness Deserves More Respect.. An article by Martin Fitzgerald about the Christian references in the music of Bob Dylan and recent discussions about how Dylan was regarded by the Popes Benedict and John Paul II.. Film and the Christian.. A balanced look at how Christians should related to the medium of film.. Article written by Todd Kappelman.. Christians have an opportunity to influence their culture by entering the arena of dialogue provided by film and contending for their positions and voicing their objections with sophistication, generosity, and a willingness to hear from those of opposing beliefs.. Remembering a Poet of Commitment.. Thity years dead, James McAuley was a Catholic poet from Australia, whose life and verse is worth remembering.. The Gospel According to Spiderman.. A detailed Time magazine article on religious faith and religiouis themes portrayed in the movies.. The Other Side of the Wardrobe.. Narnia lies just on the other side of the mysterious wardrobe.. The Christian imagination is that the mystical and the supernatural lie just on the other side of the ordinary, the mundane, and the natural.. An article by Rev Raymond de Souza.. Shakespeare the Secret Rebel.. Does Shakespeare's work contain hidden, dissident, pro-Catholic content? Robert Manson Lee examines this controversial theory.. So What's Wrong With Rock Music?.. A carefully considered examination by Dr Jeff Mirus of some of the troubling issues in rock music.. This is not a condemnation, but a thoughtful piece that raises serious questions about our musical cultuture.. Rediscovering Faith Through Music.. Classical pianist Jacqueline Chew rebelled against her Christian upbringing and became an atheist while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the 1970s.. But her love of music eventually led her back to a spiritual life.. Chew was so taken with the work of Olivier Messiaen, a pioneering French composer known for his sacred Catholic music, that after hearing his composition "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus" ("Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus"), she began questioning her belief that God does not exist.. The more she learned about the music, the more religious she became.. W.. H.. Auden.. Rev George W.. Rutler, who knew the poet, writes about some of the spiritual issues in Auden's life.. Tolkien and his Trees.. Peter Mirus of Trinity Communications writes about the symbolism of trees in the.. Lord of the Rings.. trilogy, linking to similar imagery used by St Teresa of Avila.. Hear No Evil - My Perspective on Rock Music.. Peter Mirus reflects on the argument that rock music is intrinsically evil.. Letter to Artists.. Pope John Paul II, himself a writer and actor, reflects on the arts.. The Gospel According to Homer.. An article on the religious themes in the.. , by Mark L.. Pinsky, who has written the definitive book on the subject.. Mystery and the movies: spirituality in cinema history.. An article by Michael Paul Gallagher SJ.. What Makes Music Christian ?.. Challenging article by Thomas Hohstadt, composer, lecturer and writer.. The Role of Music in Worship.. An interview with liturgical composer Liam Lawton..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Books
    Descriptive info: The books listed below deal with the relationship between religion and the arts.. The listing does not imply any recommendation unless stated otherwise.. As usual.. is is a good source and.. may stock some of them.. The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh: A Buttonhole in Heaven.. Una Agnew, 1998, Columba Press.. An examination of spiritual and mystical themes in the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.. The Joy of Music Ministry.. 2001, Resurrection Press.. This renowned Catholic singer/composer reflects on his music ministry and music in general in the Church.. Read.. review.. Imagine.. Steve Turner, 2001, IVP.. Subtitled a vision for christians and the arts , this book, by U2 biographer and  ...   themes in the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.. The Gospel According to the Simpsons.. Mark I.. Pinsky, 2001, Westminster John Knox Press.. The spirit life of the world's most animated family ! A thorough review of the religious themes in the Simpsons.. You might be surprised!.. Spiritual Journeys.. Various, 2003, Relevant Books.. Essays on the influence of faith on contemporary performers like Bob Dylan, Moby, Johnny Cash, Al Green and many others.. Bryan P.. Stone, Chalice Press, 2000.. A look at theolgical themes in cinema, taking the phrases of the Apostle's Creed as a way of structuring the paragraphs.. Films discussed include.. The Mission, Romero, Star Wars, Babette's Feast.. Dead Man Walking..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Videos
    Descriptive info: These videos are best watched on broadband.. Click the centre of the picture ONCE to activate.. These are music videos - for spoken word, film and drama clips click.. Though We Are Many (Bernard Sexton).. Official anthem for the International Eucharist Congress 2012.. Shed a Little Light - James Taylor.. Fine song from Squibnocket Music DVD/video.. House of Gold - The Secret Sisters.. Lovely version of an old Hank Williams Song.. Song of Bernadette - Jennifer Warnes.. - something very special, written by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen.. Au Ciel.. Lovely hymn in French by Cajun group L'Angelus.. Sanctus - Libera.. Beautiful rendition by renowned boys' choir.. Haydn Mass - The Lassus Scholars.. Dublin choir singing at the Basilica of St John Lateran, Rome.. We Three Kings - Jennifer Avalon.. Unusual and subtle version of the Christmas song.. Beatitudes - Monks  ...   from How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb album.. Pie Jesu.. Sung by The Priests.. Whispering a Prayer - Steve Vai.. A spiritual instrumental - always popular with guitar players!.. Why Don't You Look into Jesus? - Larry Norman.. One of his best known songs, from an 80's appearance on BBC's.. Rock Gospel Show.. R.. I.. P.. Sun 24th Feb 2008.. Holy is His Name - John Michael Talbot.. Prayerful song from a John Michael Talbot concert.. Only in God - John Michael Talbot.. Another beautiful and prayerful reflection.. Peter Katz - Forgiveness.. Inspired by the forgiving attitude of Michael Berg, whose.. son was murdered in Iraq.. Run On - The Blind Boys of Alabama.. Gospel song by Grammy Award winning group.. Hands - Jewel.. Beautiful rendition of this excellent song by Texas singer/songwriter Jewel in a Christmas concert from the Vatican.. More..

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  • Title: FaithArts - Links
    Descriptive info: Below are listed some useful websites relating to religion and the arts.. The fact that they are linked from here doesn't imply approval or recommendation for everything on these sites, but they are certainly worth a look.. For websites relating to particular musicians see the music page of this site.. General.. Dublin Diocese Liturgy Resource Centre.. In 2004 the LitMus (Liturgy and Music) Office was incorporated into a new Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre, based in Clonliffe College.. The centre acts as a support for parishes and other groups to encourage and enable them to improve the quality of liturgical services, including also music and liturgical art.. The school choirs event Emmanuel is on of the initiatives of the centre.. New Liturgical Movement.. Huge site dedicated to sacred liturgy and the liturgical arts.. There's an impresssive archive of news and articles.. Lots of different articles and resources on this site, including articles about creativity, as well as religious poetry and original music.. Available for download is the online magazine.. Logos Review - A Journal of Spiritual Arts and Ideas.. This is an Irish forum/community for Catholics interested in the arts, especially those praticing the arts.. There are opportunities for sharing artworks and personal stories of engaging with the arts.. S.. A.. C.. is an international association of Christian artists, artists who work to Christian themes, for liturgical spaces and / or who live and work according to Christian values.. seeks to bring together artists of many nationalities and backgrounds to share experiences and grow in mutual understanding.. is an association open to creative artists of all disciplines poets, composers, photographers, visual artists and writers among others.. Catholic Underground.. An initiative of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, Moyross, Limerick.. Events combining prayer and music take place regularly around Ireland.. The Underground also includes poetry, visual art, dancers, film, drama.. Fraternity of St Genesius.. An Irish site devoted to the interface between Catholicism and drama, in theatre and cinema.. The group organises various events, like a monthly film club, and has a drama group that has staged works by John Paul II.. Catholic Authors.. A site with detailed biographical information on a range of Catholic authors, including Tolkien and Chesterton.. Catechetics Commission.. This is the official site of the Catechetics Commission of the Irish Bishops Conference, featuring resources for special events days, such as Education in Faith Sunday.. Catholic Ireland.. A comprehensive portal site for all things Catholic in Ireland.. There is plenty of interesting material in the Culture and Arts section.. Catacombers.. This relatively new site is a web community for Catholics interested in artistic expression.. The most active part of the site is the lively and busy forum section, but there is also an interesting section on poetry.. Catholic Planet.. This general Catholic site has excellent sections on poetry and music.. In the poetry there is a huge range of poems by a wide variety of authors, and in the music section there are free music downloads in MP3 format and Real Audio streams of fulll songs.. Sr Rose's Movie Blog.. Sr Rosa Pacatte writes about the movies.. Sr.. Rose Pacette is a Daughter of St Paul and Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, Los Angeles.. She is the co-author of the Lights, Camera Faith! Series.. WingClips.. Brilliant site that provides film clips on a variety of inspirational themes.. Clips can be viewed on site and/or downloaded.. Many clips are free and available under the basic subscription option.. Paid for subscriptions give access to higher quality clips and clips from high profile films.. An excellent site for perceptive film reviews from a Catholic perspective.. Includes many articles on film in general.. Grassroots Films.. This project from Youth2000 New York involves the making of high quality inspirational films  ...   They are named after the great composer and virtuoso of Renaissance polyphony, Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594).. An Irish group of musicians and singers available for retreats, youth work, parish work and music workshops.. Their site includes some music and video samples.. Catholic Music Network.. An American site with loads of music reviews, song samples, MP3downloads, news items, and even its own internet radio station.. This site features the poetry of Fr Seamus Devitt CSSR, a poetic priest of the Redemptorist Order.. Catholic Poets and Writers.. This website exists to help Catholic poets, writers or editors by providing information on researching, writing, and revising poems, articles, stories, and books from a Catholic perspective.. Hopkins Poems Set to Music.. Singer Sean O'Leary has an album of Hopkins poems set to music.. There are samples to listen to on this website dedicated to this project - follow the link to "Play Demo".. Particularly striking are his versions of "I wake and feel the fell of dark" and "Spring".. There is a link on the site to buy the album.. Art.. Pamela Hardesty.. Pamela is an American artist living in Ireland.. She works on spiritual themes in various materials especially glass and paper.. Her site includes many examples of her work, and a statement about the comnnections between her art and her faith.. Eala Enamels.. Anne Murphy is an Irish artist working in enamel.. Many of her subjects are religious - on her site you can see her studies in the saints, the Madonna, angels, the cross and much more.. Fr Bill Moore.. Fr Moore, a member of the Congregation of Sacred Hearts, is a Catholic priest and artist.. His work is abstract, and among his inspirations are nature, church vestments and the writings of T.. Eliot.. There are galleries of work on his website.. Radiant Light.. This is quite an impressive site, featuring the striking modern artwork of Elizabeth Wang.. There are images on an array of themes - e.. scripture, sacraments, God.. There is an inbuilt image search so it's easy to find something for specific religion classes.. There's also a teacher's section with ideas and resources.. Many pictures are available for free download for educational and non-profit use.. Christian Art by Joao D.. Filipe.. Some beautiful artwork, icon style, by this talented Portugese painter.. Features images of Jesus, The Blessed Virgin, the angels and saints.. Icons Explained.. The Purpose of this website is to enable the visitor to re-discover and experience the beauty and deeper meaning of Traditional Byzantine Icons, the visual and spiritual treasures of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and an integral part of the Orthodox Faith.. Kathleen M.. Anderson.. This page features the work of Kathleen M.. Anderson, an iconographer who has been working in this area, as a spiritual and artistic activity, since 1989.. Comedy.. Nick Alexander.. Nick Alexander is a Catholic humorist who specialises in parodies of well known songs, spreading the gospel message in the process.. Mightn't be everyone's taste but there's not exactly a pile of people in this line of work! On this site you'll find links to samples of his work to listen to or download.. Try his potted history of the Church in his song.. We Want to Stand United.. , a rather unusual adaptation of Billy Joel's.. We Didn't Start the Fire.. The Jesse Box.. The Jesse is a new initiative to help parents tell Bible Stories at home, but could also be used with younger children at school.. See a video.. Epiphany Studio Productions.. A Catholic theatre group from USA.. Their motto is Entertaining, Educating & Inspiring through a Catholic vision in the Dramatic Arts!.. Some of their performances can be ordered on DVD from their website's store.. Clips, previews, and interviews are also available on their.. YouTube channel..

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