The Feast of All Saints celebrates the lives of those, both great and obscure, who have “trod the road to sanctity before us.” Celebrating the feast this year, Gloriæ Dei Cantores presented Benjamin Britten’s visionary work, The Company of Heaven. Britten composed the expressive choral and instrumental music to illuminate a series of texts about angels taken from the bible and distinguished poets. Powerful passages of music convey both heaven’s grandeur and the utter human need and longing for the “many-splendored.”
Marko Rupnik, a visionary of light and color, works both abstractly and figuratively. His work opens the doors to contemplation of the grandeur beyond our grasp, the glory that has come among us, and the beauty which irresistibly draws us to the Lover of All Souls.
Marko Rupnik, Fragments of the Natives’ Memory XVII, detail.
“Colors are the witnesses of Light and Light is the Life of all persons.” —Marko Rupnik
Rupnik, Resurrection of Christ, detail, chapel of the College of St. Stanislaus in Ljubljana, Slovenia, detail.
Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
Bright Seraphs, Cherubim and Thrones,
Raise the glad strain, Alleluya!
Silvestro Pistolesi Saints Processing Toward the New Jerusalem, detail, The Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, Massachusetts
Marko Rupnik, SJ, is a Slovenian Jesuit, based in Rome, whose dazzling mosaics adorn churches at Fatima and Lourdes as well as the Pope’s private chapel. His latest work is the mosaics in the chapel of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. The mosaics were unveiled earlier this year. Fr. Rupnik works in the ancient tradition of sacred iconography. Mosaics on the walls of the chapel depict events in salvation history. A huge 28-by-44 foot mosaic of Christ is the chapel’s centerpiece.
Silvestro Pistolesi was born in Florence, Italy in 1943. His artistic talents were evident at an early age. He attended the Scuola d’Arte di Porta Romana, and the Cappiello Accademia. He studied with Nerina Simi and Pietro Annigoni. Pistolesi has gained worldwide recognition and has exhibited in many Italian and foreign cities. Using the technique of “buon fresco,” Pistolesi has created large significant works at the Abbey of Montecassino, the Verna Sanctuary, the Abbey of Vallombrosa, and now, his largest fresco work, at the Church of the Transfiguration.
Gloriæ Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) holds a passionate dedication to illuminate truth and beauty through choral artistry, celebrating a rich tradition of Sacred choral music from Gregorian chant through the twenty-first century. www.gdcchoir.org