The Concert in honour of Mary Immaculate inaugurates the long Christmas of the Magnificat | Custodia Terrae Sanctae

The Concert in honour of Mary Immaculate inaugurates the long Christmas of the Magnificat

December 3rd, 2011

Throughout December and January, the school of music of the Custody of the Holy Land has a busy schedule, enriching the festivities with concerts, collateral events and, above all, with service in the liturgical celebrations.

On Thursday December 8th, at 6 p.m., in St. Saviour’s Church, the Magnificat Custody Choir and the Yasmeen Choir conducted by Hania Soudah Sabbara will give a Concert in honour of Mary Immaculate, with the participation of Maestro Haig Aram Vosguerichtian, resident organist of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. The concert will be preceded at 4.30 p.m., by a Solemn Mass presided by the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, in which the beatification of Sister Antonia Maria Verna, who founded the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, better known as the “Sisters of Ivrea” and who are very present and active in the Holy Land, will be remembered.

In the Auditorium of St. Saviour on December 17th, at 6 p.m., there will be the final evening with the winners of the Magnificat String Competition (violin, cello, guitar) which is sponsored by the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of the Netherlands.
However, the most entertaining concert is without doubt the Christmas Concert (St. Saviour’s Auditorium, December 22nd at 6 p.m.,) which will also include the smallest children in a blaze of Christmas decorations.

After the joyous wait of Advent, Christmas comes at last and Jesus is born in the grotto in Bethlehem, where the salvific event is celebrated with special solemnity on Christmas Night and on the day of the Epiphany.
On Christmas Night, the choirs of the Magnificat will be joined by the friends of the Choir of St. Angela of Budapest conducted by Semjénné Menus Erzsébet Gabriella, who will also perform an Ave Maria by Franz Liszt, on the second centenary of the birth of the great Hungarian composer. (High diplomatic and government authorities from Hungary will attend the Mass, together with other representatives of the Holy Land.) Christmas songs and a new Mass composed by Father Armando Pierucci, director of the Magnificat, dedicated to Don Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion and Liberation, will be performed during the liturgical celebration.

The same programme will be offered on January 1st, in the Cocathedral of the Latin Patriarchate on the World Day of Peace during the Mass of Mary, Holy Mother of God.

On January 6th, 2012, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, in addition to the Mass, the choir of the Magnificat will participate at Solemn Vespers and in the procession, which concludes the Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem of the Catholic Church. On this day the chorus of the Magnificat of Jerusalem will join the choirs of the Latin parish in Bethlehem and Nazareth: about two hundred young people from the three cities will sing along with the manifestation of the Savior to all peoples.