Polish hymn inspires upcoming Blaine concert

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

An original composition based on a song heard in the birthplace of the divine mercy devotion will be part of a Year of Mercy concert Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, at St. Timothy in Blaine.

The 4 p.m. concert will include music that reflects God’s love and mercy, narration with excerpts from Pope Francis’ proclamation of the jubilee year, and a multimedia presentation to enhance reflection.

An 18-piece orchestra and members of the parish’s five choirs — 100 musicians in all — will perform, said Therese Jorgensen, parish music director.

Jorgensen, whose maiden name was Piotrowski, said the idea for the concert was “put in my heart” when she visited Poland four years ago. “It was inspired by the Holy Spirit,” Jorgensen said.

She heard a tune sung at the end of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at several churches in the Krakow area, the part of the country where St. Faustina Kowalska reported apparitions of Jesus, who asked her to promote God’s divine mercy.

The melody “stuck with me,” Jorgensen said, “and I felt called to write a piece around it for this concert.” Jorgensen’s composition was orchestrated by St. Timothy parishioner Jakob Landry. “A lot of the music has to do with surfacing the mercy of God in our lives,” Jorgensen said.

Much the same as the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the purpose of the concert is to encourage listeners to heed Jesus’ call to seek mercy, to trust in Christ’s mercy and to be merciful to others, she said. “So many people today think they are not worth it, that they are not worthy of God’s mercy,” she said. In presenting the concert, she hopes people “get the message of God’s awesome mercy and to trust in that mercy.”

“My hope is that [those who attend] can be open to the spirit and the call of mercy in their lives,” Jorgensen said, “and be inspired to that effect by the music, the visuals and the script.”

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