A Broadcast from Jerusalem: A Passion Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Led by Grammy® Award winner and Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir Dr. J.J. Wright, this series will introduce The Passion, a new artistic production combining Scripture with original poetry and set to original music. Through Christ’s Passion, we learn to encounter suffering and incarnate love, to behold one another in our “not-enoughness.” As we enter the upcoming Lenten and Easter seasons, we invite you to journey with the Folk Choir and some of our closest collaborators through the development, rehearsal, and performance process of The Passion. Along the way, we will explore the Passion and Resurrection in light of the most pressing issues on the minds of our students, including the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the role of women in the Church, and climate change. In May, the choir will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where they’ll walk in Jesus’s steps through the Passion and record this new work at the Jerusalem Music Center.
A Peek Behind the Curtain: Holy Land Pilgrimage Prayers and Reflections
The Notre Dame Folk Choir is delighted to share with you a special resource created just for their pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Featuring a special novena written by Passion librettist Tristan Cooley, this special booklet of prayers, Scripture, and reflections compiled by Folk Choir director J.J. Wright is interwoven with lyrical passages from the Passion that bring the holy sites visited by the Folk Choir to life. On their visit to the Church of the Pater Noster on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the Folk Choir paused to gather and raise their voices in song as they prayed the Our Father, and we share that recording below. Join with the Folk Choir to experience the Holy Land through their eyes as they walk in the footsteps of The Way of the Cross: A Passion Pilgrimage through Song.
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- J.J. Wright, Director, Notre Dame Folk Choir, University of Notre Dame