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Inauguration DVD Eucharistic Symphony, Jerusalem, 16 May 2013 01/01/2013

We are most honored to invite all Jerusalem Christian communities to the presentation and projection of excerpts of the DVD of the September 22, 2012 Gethsemane Concert (World Première) of the

EUCHARISTIC SYMPHONY
for baritone and soprano soloists, mixed choir with four voices, flute and string orchestra
and twelve Church representative singers


by Armando Pierucci, ofm

on May 16, 2013, 5 pm, at the Greek Orthodox Bookshop, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem ,in the presence of His Beatitude Theophilos III

At this occasion, the Eucharistic Symphony DVD shall be offered for sale for the first time both at the Greek Orthodox and at the Franciscan bookshops, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem.




From the Holy City, the Eucharistic Symphony reaches the world 22/10/2012


EUCHARISTIC SYMPHONY: AFTER THE EXTRAORDINARY JERUSALEM CONCERT, THE CONCERTS OF GENEVA; MILAN AND MATERA






An extraordinary Symphony gathering all Churches, beginning from Jerusalem 01/07/2012

A CULTURAL PROJECT BORN IN JERUSALEM INSPIRED BY LITURGICAL PIECES TAKEN FROM TWELVE DIFFERENT CHRISTIAN MUSICAL TRADITIONS - A CALL FOR INCREASED MUTUAL AWARENESS BETWEEN THE EASTERN AND THE WESTERN CHURCHES AND FOR THE RESPECT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM



LIVE at 12:00pm ET, rebroadcast at 8:00pm ET ON CATHOLIC TV

Flyer Jerusalem concert
With the help of the Lord, on September 22, 2012, in the Mystic Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, all Christian heads of Churches and Communities are invited to gather under the open sky in front of the walls of the Holy Town for an extraordinary concert: the world première of the Eucharistic Symphony. The Symphony will be broadcast live by Christian TV channels on several continents, and also recorded for the edition of a musical DVD.

One of the latest compositions of the titular organist of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem for the Roman Catholic Church, the Italian musician Maestro Armando Pierucci, the “Eucharistic Symphony” was written upon commission of Mr. Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori, the President of the Milan Conservatory of Music. It is inspired by liturgical pieces ordinarily sung during the Eucharistic liturgy from twelve different Christian musical traditions in the Holy Town, with twelve corresponding movements and an introduction on a Jewish theme. It will be performed by the Duni Choir and Orchestra of the Matera Conservatory of Music, directed by Maestro Carmine Antonio Catenazzo, with Carlo Rotunno as baritone singer.

In itself a Western piece in nature but using themes in the antique musical modes of the Eastern traditions, no longer in usage in Western music, the Eucharistic Symphony is not only musically unique, but also highly symbolical: it shall give a sight of the beauty and harmony of the rich different Christian traditions interacting precisely “in symphony”, a vision of Christian communion expressed through the Art of Music; it is meant to be an invitation to all Christians to become more aware of their own Church and liturgical tradition, which reflect their history and cultural identity, as well as to discover with loving care the multiplicity of traditions of other Christian Churches. To respect the value and tradition of the original pieces, these will also be sung “a cappella” by twelve Church representatives, before the orchestra and the choir perform the Symphonic development inspired by it.

The project is promoted by Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori’s Italian Foundation “CASA DELLO SPIRITO E DELLE ARTI”, by the MATERA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC and by the Swiss based ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER OF ALL CHURCHES FOR RECONCILIATION, UNITY AND PEACE, BEGINNING IN AND PROCEEDING FROM JERUSALEM, WHICH, promoter of the homonymous intercessory prayer initiative for our time conducted by the Jerusalem Churches.

On September 25, 2012, immediately following the Jerusalem performance, a secular concert centered on the theme of Religious Freedom, also promoted by the Swiss Foundation “CARITAS IN VERITATE” (linked to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See at the United Nations), and by several Missions of States to the United Nations such as the Vatican, Greece, Lebanon, the Sovereign Order of Malta and others, will be hosted at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, one of the most important centers of multicultural diplomacy in the world, as well as an essential place for major international public debate. Religious Freedom is in fact increasingly threatened in many parts of the world, and particularly, in this time of changes experienced in the countries of the Near and Middle East. With the diplomatic corps of the United Nations as main public and, in addition to the twelve movements inspired by Christian traditions, two inspired respectively by the Jewish and Muslim ones, the Geneva concert will also constitute a strong witnessing in front of the community of Nations.

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Other concerts open to the general public are foreseen in other two very significant towns, on September 26 and 29, 2012, respectively in the Milan Duomo, and in Matera the "Western Jerusalem", two cities of the North and South of Italy, which, historically, have each known the influence of both the Eastern and the Western traditions of the Church.

The Eucharistic Symphony is a project with multiple dimensions: spiritual and secular, Christian and universal. From the Holy City for the three great monotheistic religions to the heart of the international political scene, with a vocation to then diffuse to the general public: Through Art and Beauty, the promoters of the Symphony wish to give to our time - a time of change and uncertainty - a strong message of Reconciliation, Unity and Peace, addressing religious and political authorities alike, as well as the general public. And this, beginning from Jerusalem.

Fellowship with Him and One Another
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1, 5-7)


THE CONCERTS

Jerusalem: Saturday, September 22, 2012, Gethsemane Garden, 6 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the Custody of the Holy Land, Jerusalem

Geneva (CH): Tuesday, September 25, 2012, Main Hall of the United Nations, 6 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, Geneva

Milan (I): Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Duomo of Milan, 8.30 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Milan

Matera (I): Saturday, September 29, 2012, Church of S. Pietro Caveoso, 9 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the City of Matera, Italy

PROMOTION AND PATRONAGE

Association for the Promotion of the Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace, beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem, Geneva, Switzerland

Foundation “Casa dello Spirito e delle Arti”, Milan, Italy

Conservatory of Music of Matera, Italy

For the Geneva concert at the United Nations:
Foundation Caritas in Veritate, Fribourg, Switzerland
States: Vatican City, Greece, Lebanon, Armenia, Romania, Marocco and others



8th edition of a great intercessory Prayer of all Churches for our time 23/04/2012

THE 8th EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER OF ALL CHURCHES WILL BE HELD ON THE VIGIL OF THE ORTHODOX PENTECOST AT THE ARMENIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF JERUSALEM LOCATED AT THE 3rd and 4th STATION OF THE VIA CRUCIS, WHERE THE MEETING OF JESUS WITH HIS MOTHER IS COMMEMORATED AND A DAILY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION IS PRACTISED

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In a desire of communion with the Orthodox Churches, the Armenian Catholic Church of Jerusalem has chosen the Vigil of the Orthodox Pentecost, Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, at 6 pm Holy Land time, to host the 8th Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace, beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem.

The extraordinary prayer of all Churches was born during a Vigil of Prayer at the Holy Sepulchre between few clergy representatives and lay worshippers in 2005, and is based on the inspiration of the urgency of a great intercessory prayer to God the Father for our time, involving all Churches and beginning from Jerusalem: a fervent and recurring prayer, spontaneously coming from the hearts of Christians inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is a fundamentally joyful prayer, because the participants adhere, by its very nature, to the Unity for which Christ prayed (John 17: 21) and which is itself a source of Joy. It is a prayer within everyone’s reach, because participation therein requires only that one recalls this intention of prayer on Saturdays at 6 p.m. local time, and that one actually pray, in a communion of prayer with all participants. Unity is in fact primarily a spiritual truth and is expressed in an essential manner in the community of prayer. Christians praying and celebrating together accept to enter into the dimension of eternity that frees them from evil.

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The common prayer’s intentions are Reconciliation, Unity and Peace with God, and in God, with each other, both on individual and on collective level, first of all within the Church, and thus, in the world through the Church. The lack of Peace in the Church is not only a counter-testimony to Christ’s message, it is also, and especially, a negative spiritual reality, which weakens her spiritual strength. The Jerusalem Church, the “Mother of all Churches,” using, each time, the words of one of the rich Christian traditions represented in the Holy City through the different Churches, calls the whole Church back to its primary mission, and all nations to “repentance for the forgiveness of sins” in the name of Christ, “beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24, 47). The three intentions of the Extraordinary Prayer are also an act of faith in the Divine Mercy, who knows our limited forces.

The Armenian Catholic Church’s liturgy for Pentecost , which closely corresponds to the liturgy of the Armenian Orthodox Church, foresees the blessing of the four corners of the world, with the reading of four Gospels and an invocation to the Holy Spirit at each cardinal point. The blessing of the four corners of the world will be followed by the Vesper prayer, dedicated to the Glorification of the Holy and inseparable Trinity, and especially to the invocation of the Light, of the Holy Spirit, the Giver of gifts, the Giver of Peace.

You may follow the prayer LIVE on www.fmc-terrasanta.org (online streaming) on June 2, 2012, at 6 pm Holy land time (3 pm GMT).



7th Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches at the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate Church in Jerusalem 06/02/2012

Terra Sant New refers about the 7th Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliaition, Unity and Peace, held at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St Anthony in Jerusalem: