The Work of Music/John Angotti Concert this weekend.
by Dale Zanetti, Director of Adult Faith Formation, Visitation Parish.
There is something profound, powerful, phenomenal, unfathomable, mesmerizing, mysterious, and just simply amazing about music. I don’t have any professional training in music other than singing to Karaoke or
at Mass but I don’t think you need to be classically trained to just sit back and appreciate Franz Schubert’s
, or Queen’s
, or the latest pop hit by Bruno Mars or Kelsey Ballerini.
Music does mysterious things to us. The hills are alive with the sound of music. Music moves us; it sways us and causes us to tap our fingers or bop our heads as we listen to the rhythm and beat.
Music has the power to transport our minds and imaginations to another time or place. Whenever I hear Patty Page sing
How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
, I am immediately brought back to my
childhood and I feel young again. Music heals us. It helps ease our pain and our hurts.
And spiritual music provides even more enjoyment. It shields us from bad, harmful stuff. In ancient Israel, when Saul was being tormented by a harmful spirit, he asked his servants to seek out a man who is skillful
in playing the lyre. They brought in David to be at his service. “And when the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. Saul was refreshed and was well, and the
harmful spirit departed from him” (1 Samuel 16:23).
Many verses in the Old Testament refer to music, singing, and playing the stringed instruments. In battles that date back to the earliest part of human history, music was used to inspire and energize the warriors.
Liturgical composer and Paulist priest Father Ricky Manalo said in an interview: “Music is one of the most powerful symbols and artistic forms to inspire people’s imagination…to bring people back to God, through the nuances of the Gospel message.
Music is a gift. It’s a wonderful gift. We offer back this gift to our Creator also as a gift by our singing and praising. A quote attributed to St. Augustine says: “He who sings prays twice.” Music, with our voices singing, our ears listening, and hands creating music, enables us to physically express the spiritual joy of our heart. Music has the power to bring the mind, body, and spirit into union with God in a profound way.
This weekend we will be sponsoring two very excellent ways to let God enter in, in a new and dynamic way through song and prayer. On
Saturday October 5th
we will be having a Liturgical Ministers Retreat, starting at 10:00 AM in the Parish Hall and on Sunday at 2:00 PM in the Church worship space
will be bringing a Mission Concert.
Mr. Angotti is a full time music missionary who travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and faith witness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences,
and worship. He is originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and the U.S. Military School of Music, where he was a member of the U.S. Navy Band as lead vocalist. John received his
Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 2013.
We are so excited that he has accepted our invitation to come and lift our parish and the surrounding community to new spiritual heights. So, come on out and let John transport your mind and soul to the place where God resides!
Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.
Plato, The Republic
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