La Canada Presbyterian Church Concert to Feature Movies’ Sacred Music

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Sacred music has been an integral part of movie soundtracks down through the years, including such films as “Amadeus,” “The Godfather,” “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur” and “Saving Private Ryan,” and the La Canada Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and Orchestra will explore this aspect of Hollywood in a special concert, “Finding the Sacred (Music) in the Movies,” on Palm Sunday afternoon, March 20, at 2:00 p.m.The multimedia program will include clips from the movies, sometimes with introductory dialogue, followed by the 100-member choir and orchestra performing the music live. “The resulting impact should be even greater than in the theater,” said Jack Lantz, LCPC’s director of music and worship arts, who will conduct the concert.The classical music of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Verdi and Saint-Saens will be featured, as well as the work of movie composers John Williams and Miklos Rozsa.“While it is logical that Mozart music would be used in the movie ‘Amadeus,’ few people might recognize the use of sacred music of other great composers in popular movies such as ‘Casino,’ ‘Babe,’ ‘Titanic’ and ‘The Godfather,’” Lantz said. “The list also includes lesser-known but very powerful movies such as ‘Disgrace’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War.’”Tickets are $15 general admission, $20 reserved. They may be purchased in advance at the church office or at the door. LCPC is located at 626 Foothill Blvd. For further information, call (818) 790-6708. Religious Music La Canada Presbyterian Church Concert to Feature Movies’ Sacred Music From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 11:28 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Getting closer to heaven in County Limerick

first_img Previous articleFresh Five Friday: Global ideas at local Limerick Milk MarketNext articleLoophole strategy to help dump County Limerick gasification project Alan Jacques Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Facebook Email Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques recently took a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life to join the Benedictine monks at Glenstal Abbey for some quiet prayer and Alan JacquesSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected]“ON earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it,” said French writer Jules Renard.Glenstal Abbey in southeast County Limerick is such a place. Situated in the small picturesque village of Murroe, the popular beauty spot – 11 miles from Limerick City – is a little piece of heaven.Home to a Benedictine community of 40 monks, aged between 33 and 90, this tranquil monastery offers sweet sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.With splendid unbroken views of the Galtee Mountains, Glenstal Abbey is an idyllic haven where life moves at its own steady pace. It is a place where nature and spirituality go hand in hand to weave an enchanting spell.In fact, it’s just what the doctor ordered I tell myself as I pack my bag for an overnight stay at the monastery’s guesthouse. I’m at that point in the year where the annual holidays are looming, yet still seem frustratingly out of reach, so some refreshment of the soul seems just the ticket to tide me over.I head out to Glenstal on one of the sunniest days of the summer. As I motor up the driveway I am instantly met by a multitude of vibrant flowers flitting in the breeze and ancient oak trees keeping watchful gaze over their bounty. The sunlight skirts flirtatiously on the pristine lake while the homecoming swallows’ jet at full throttle overhead.I am struck by the miracle of nature and marvel in the knowledge that we have a little piece of paradise on our front doorsteps. The setting is picture postcard.I can’t help thinking that heaven has a tough act to follow when the monks of Glenstal come a calling at the pearly gates.Over the main archway to Glenstal Castle I am greeted by the word ‘PAX’, meaning peace. I stop and notice that the air is filled with a sense of serenity and at the same time, an underlying hum of activity.The abbey is straight out of the pages of ‘Harry Potter’ and I half expect to bump into Ronald Weasley or Hermione Granger as they frantically attempt to solve some fantastical mystery or other. But Hogwarts this is not and so at 12pm I head straight to the chapel for daily Mass to commence my metaphysical cleanse.Being an optimist, I find the church half full, and I am instantly intoxicated by the heady scent of incense. I count 21 monks during the concelebrated service in the simple chapel with striking green and blue ceiling and neo-baroque style pipe organ taking centre-stage at the back of the high altar.I find the chanting and prayers spiritually rewarding and feel gently invigorated after my first treatment of the day. I then decide to take a leisurely stroll around the grounds of Glenstal to savour its true magnificence. A 500-acre estate complete with woodland paths, streams and lakes, it is as alive as it is beautiful.During my ramble I meet visitors from as far and wide as Germany, Ennis and Kildare also taking in the abbey’s delights.“It would make a fabulous hotel,” I hear one awestruck tourist comment.I pass strong-willed power-walkers along the pathways, two sleepy donkeys grazing on a plot of land and spry children kicking ball in the playing fields. I then head back to the guesthouse to settle in for my stay.Surrounded by trees and nature, the Abbey Guesthouse offers a welcome retreat for visitors looking for time out from their busy lives. It is a quiet space offering time and space for rest, reading, reflection and prayer. Heaven indeed!The guesthouse has 12 en-suite rooms, all with a view of the stunning gardens, library and church. I find my room modestly and simply furnished with a desk and chair and a good bed, which are more than adequate for my needs.It is easy to see why President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, a frequent visitor, has been so smitten with this County Limerick hideaway down the years.The corridors are hushed as I leave for the visitor centre to meet with Benedictine monk Fr Simon Sleeman.I find the Glenstal bursar, dressed in golfing sweater and slacks, an affable and talkative host. Responsible for the purse strings for the running of both the monastery and its fee-paying boarding school, he admits that he often finds himself awakened late at night with numbers running round his head.“It is very challenging. The oil bill alone every year is €250,000,” Fr Sleeman explains.“People forget, but we are a significant employer with over 100 staff that depend on us. It is a major balancing act to keep it running, but it is a well-managed house and we leave the rest to God.”Last year pupil numbers rose to 218 at Glenstal Abbey, the highest in its 80-year history. Fees at the boarding school cost almost €18,000 for seven-day boarders and €10,250 for day boarders. In 2014 the school came second on the Sunday Times guide to Ireland’s 400 best schools, behind another Limerick school — Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ.In fact, the boarding school, which opened its doors to day students in 2012, was the top school in Munster for five out of the past 11 years and between 2011 and 2013 sent an average 88.3 per cent of its students to university.“We have no secret ingredient like Coca Cola, it just happens,” the Glenstal bursar insists.“The class sizes are small, no more than 20, and the students help each other. They learn from each other. I think that’s the key,” he suggests.Fr Simon is good company. An open and friendly man, he seems happy for the opportunity to talk. He tells me a little of his own family history filled with adventures in far-flung corners of the globe and I am curious to learn how he became a man of the cloth.As it turns out the 64-year-old had an epiphany the very first time he stood in the stone circle at the entrance to Glenstal Abbey in 1971.“I felt an energy in my feet and thought here is an opportunity to find out what life means. There were possibilities here and I decided to give it a whirl.”The Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey live their lives by the rule of St Benedict, putting the worship of God at the very centre of their every deed. Peace reigns within the walls of the monastery and Fr Sleeman points out that the structure of their day creates space and silence for God to be attended to.“What is the hardest thing about life as a monk?” I ask.“I often worry about becoming institutionalised and that I wouldn’t survive outside these walls. Your meals are provided for and the monastery is an oasis. I do have adventure in my blood,” he confesses.I enjoyed my time in Fr Sleeman’s company and was sorry to take my leave of him.Back outside I find myself drawn towards the church by the heavenly music of the pipe organ. In the eaves of its roof swallows have made their nests and flutter in time to the sounds of praise drifting through the walls. After a quick prayer I return to the visitor centre to check out the gift shop to pick up a copy of ‘The Rule of St Benedict’ as recommended to me by Fr Simon.Two busloads of tourists have since arrived and one Benedictine friar is busy blessing rosary beads in the foyer. I find my pocket-sized read and have a quick browse around the buzzing store. If a bit of ecumenical shopping is your thing, then your prayers are answered! The gift shop sells everything from Glenstal Abbey apple brandy truffles to water fonts to holy medals, CDs and chocolate liqueurs.Outside I meet with prior of the monastery, Fr Brendan Coffey, who is dressed in the traditional black habit. Originally from Ennis, he has called Glenstal home for the past 17 years. I suspect he is suspicious of the motive behind my article as he keeps his answers guarded, possibly to fend off any form of guttersnipe attack on the monastery. However, my intentions are good, fuelled only by curiosity and admiration, so decide not to make this any more painful for Fr Brendan than it appears and cut straight to the chase.What is the hardest thing about being a monk?“The other monks,” he replies with a smile.It is now nearly 6pm and I’m still chuckling as I dash over to the church for Vespers. The evening prayers are in Latin and despite my total lack of understanding of the language, I find the service strangely stirring, creating an otherworldly soundscape for quiet contemplation and prayer.Before supper I sit in the evening sunshine and read from ‘The Rule of St Benedict’. “The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent,” it advises in one passage.Elsewhere St Benedict recommends that monks “refrain from grumbling”.Tired students, after a day sitting Junior and Leaving Cert exams, start to appear around the grounds of the abbey recreating a brisk atmosphere as conjured up earlier by visiting tourists.The sweat has been pouring off me all day and I’ve been curious to know how the monks survive the high temperatures in their black habits. I decide to find out. Heading into the abbey for food I meet Fr Lino from Portugal, who is working in Glenstal for one year, and ask about his garb.“This is my winter habit, I have a lighter one. I’m from Southern Europe so this is not hot for me,” he tells me.Supper in Glenstal Abbey is an experience that is sure to stay with me for the rest of my days. I am ushered with the other guests into the monastery refectory to join the monastic community for their evening meal.It is a silent meal with the monks sitting at one end of the dining room and the mesmerised guesthouse visitors at the other. For the duration of the 15-20 minute sitting, the only person to speak is a velvet-toned monk who reads aloud from a book about the sheriffdoms of King Richard and the trials and tribulations of his tax-paying minions. It is all very surreal, and this monk, I think to myself, missed his calling as an RTE newsreader.The food was simple but hearty fare. We were served liver and bacon with brown bread and jam and what I can only describe as buckets of tea. Tiredness has started to set in and I am grateful for the sustenance and the opportunity to sit in silence and rest and reflect on my day so far. Monks and guests sit in silence until the very last person has finished eating. Afterwards guests are lead back outside with much awkward bowing and jaws being picked up off the floor.At 8.35pm it was back to the church for prayers before bedtime, which was also attended by the school’s exam students. Afterwards I spoke to a 33-year-old deacon from Tipperary staying in Glenstal’s hermitage retreat hut dubbed the “God-pod”. After ordination in a few weeks time, Vincent Kavanagh, fresh out of seminary in Maynooth College, will embark on a new life as a diocesan priest.What did he make of the monastic experience?“It has a draw for me. The whole idea of living a life of quiet that is conducive to prayer is very attractive,” Vincent told the Limerick Post on his third annual retreat at the abbey.Matins and Lauds commence next morning at 6.35am so I decide to rest my weary head and turn in for the day. The bed is solid and not built for lazing around in but I am so tired that I go out like a light.At 5.30 the next morning I am up with the birds chirping and the sun already grinning through my open window. I decide to forego coffee and cereal to have one last walk around the glorious grounds of Glenstal Abbey. At this early hour I have the walkways all to myself and I’m sorry not to be staying on a bit longer as I take in this beautiful dewy vista.My visit was, sadly, nearing its end, which didn’t make the arduous morning prayers any easier. I was sorry too that I didn’t have that first hit of caffeine to jolt my system.After one last hour of prayer and contemplation it was time to head back to the outside world with my newfound warm Ready Brek glow. The Benedictine order’s generous hospitality left me feeling refreshed and renewed and I hope it will not be too long before I visit them again.“How beautiful heaven must be!” I think on my drive back into the city. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp TAGSfeaturedGLENSTAL AbbeyguesthouselimerickMurroeretreatSt Bendict Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLocal NewsGetting closer to heaven in County LimerickBy Alan Jacques – July 16, 2015 2076 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Sinn Féin’s Séighin Ó Ceallaigh raises Incinerator with EPA

first_img Previous articleNew President for Mary ImmaculateNext articleLiam loses battle for life in Turkey Staff Reporter TAGSCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighCo. LouthDublinEPAfactoryIrish CementlicenceSinn Fein NewsPoliticsSinn Féin’s Séighin Ó Ceallaigh raises Incinerator with EPABy Staff Reporter – May 17, 2018 1455 Watch: Joe gives free rein to the healing power of horses Limerick gardai renew appeal for missing Tipperary teen Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cllr Séighin Ó CeallaighSpeaking at a meeting with the EPA in Dublin, Sinn Féin’s Séighin Ó Ceallaigh raised the prospects of the EPA granting a licence for Irish Cement to burn waste at their factory on the edge of Limerick City.‘My personal faith in the EPA and indeed the faith the Mid-West has in the EPA, hangs in the balance with this decision. Moving from burning fossil fuel to burning waste such as tires and plastics will I believe have a more negative impact on the people of the Mid West.’‘Similar practices in Co. Louth have already shown negative effects, with dioxins having made their way into the food chain for human consumption. Dioxin levels in animal carcasses have been higher there than anywhere else in Ireland, and I don’t believe that’s a coincidence.’Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ‘The EPA have extended the period for public submissions and I would encourage everyone in the Mid West who will be impacted by this burning of waste to make a submission, so that we can keep Limerick green.’More about politics here.  Printcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin Another starting date for Castleconnell works Email Limerick Post Show shines at Digital Media Awards Twitter Council to look at reasons behind city business closures ‘Go for Life’ is older not slower last_img read more

Doc Rivers says Clippers can’t become ‘intoxicated’ with one win over Spurs

first_imgGame 2 is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Staples Center.What Rivers said may be true. The bottom line is, the Clippers came up with one of their most impressive victories of the season. When their 18-point lead was cut to nine with less than eight minutes to play, many probably figured the Spurs would get even closer.They never did. The Clippers came out of a timeout and went on a 7-0 run, eventually leading by as many as 20 points.Yet, Rivers wouldn’t say it was his team’s best effort of the season. “I really don’t think so,” he said. “I kind of said it after the game last night that I liked that we won the game. But I felt frustrated during the game, a lot, with the way we were playing. I thought we were playing hard and that might have been the hardest we’ve played. “But we can be a smarter basketball team for sure on both ends. We missed a lot of shots, but so did they and I think that theirs are the ones that probably frustrated me the most because some of them — they were just really good missed shots — but some of them we just broke our coverage under the disguise of playing hard. We have that saying — hard and smart is better than just hard.”The Spurs shot just 36.6 percent, and while some of that was solid defense, some of it was shots that went in-and-out.“I think we can play better,” Rivers said. “I think we’re going to have to, if you want to be honest. We can’t count on the missing wide-open 3s.”Monitoring minutesThere has been a lot of talk about the Clippers not having the best of benches outside of sixth man Jamal Crawford. The shooting guard scored 17 points Sunday, but only two other reserves scored for a combined five points.Among the starting five, Blake Griffin played nearly 43 minutes, DeAndre Jordan more than 38 and Chris Paul just under 38. The Spurs, with 43 points from six reserves, got a team-high 33 minutes from starting forward Kawhi Leonard.Rivers was queried as to whether he is concerned about his starters becoming fatigued if this is a long series.“No, we’ve been doing it all year,” Rivers said. “It’s not like it’s the one time. In the playoffs, you get days off. It’s nothing like the regular season. I mean, we get two days off on this one and it’s every other day, so I don’t think minutes are going to be a concern at all.”Griffin averaged 35.2 minutes during the season, Paul 34.8 and Jordan 34.4.Crawford smiling bigCrawford couldn’t stop smiling in the locker room after Sunday’s victory. He shot 7 of 10 from the field — 3 of 4 from 3-point range. That’s an enormous improvement from the 10-for-36 (27.7 percent) shooting clip he had put up in the final four regular-season games after missing the previous 17 with a calf injury.“Me and Chris (Paul) talk about it all the time,” Crawford said. “We’re consumed in basketball every single day of our lives. To be out five weeks and not be able to do anything but watch, I mean, you can take some good things from it.“But it was more bad than good for me because you want to be out there so bad and help your team and just be part of the guys. … The injury is one thing, then coming back and conditioning and trying to get a rhythm, all that stuff sucks. But you’ve go to go through the process sometimes.” The Grand Prix of Long Beach was contested Sunday, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Monday threw out his own yellow caution flag.One day after his team walloped the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 107-92 in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, Rivers was pumping the brakes.“We can’t get intoxicated with one won game,” Rivers said. “We do, we’re in trouble. And the point is that no matter what happens, you’re playing a team that’s won multiple titles.“There’s nothing you can do to shake their confidence and you’re just going to have to keep playing. If you come in thinking something different, then it’ll be a long night.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more