Culture: February 2011 Archives
In the current issue of La Civiltà Cattolica, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro wrote an interesting essay, "The Thought of Henri Bremond." Matters pertaining to faith and reason, faith and culture interest me perhaps you. At least that's what I hope if you are a frequent reader of the Communio blog. Henri Bremond (1865-1933) is a former a Jesuit priest, literary scholar and was in the middle of the Modernist crisis. His literary output was terrific. Bremond was a member of the illustrious Académie Française succeedingm(elected in 1923 holding seat number 36). France also awarded the Lé d'honneur. The summary:
An attempt to overcome the gap between faith and culture - In the years that saw the rise of surrealism, of Freudian thought and of the modernist crisis, Henri Bremond captured the separation that was growing between theology and culture sanctioned by the Enlightenment. Bremond suffered in trying to find a compromise in terms of language, seeking to show to a cultured audience the best results of a religious sensibility and sought to show to his Catholic readers the religious value of «profane» literature. Seeing the similarities between a mystical and a poetic inspiration, he concluded that "it is up to the mystic to explain the poet," reversing a common axiom. The article, on the occasion of the reissue of his Prayer and poetry, absent from Italian bookstores for three decades, presents the main insights of the priest, academician of France.
Besides being Saint Blase Day, today is also known as "Four Chaplains Day." The US Congress designated today to honor the 4 US Army chaplains who were serving on the USAT Dorchester during World War II.
Father John P. Washington (Roman Catholic priest), Rev. Clark V. Poling (Dutch reformed), Rev. George L. Fox (Methodist), and Rabbi Alexander D. Goode sacrificed their lives as their ship went down. 672 of 902 men died.
All of the chaplains held the rank of lieutenant.
The Episcopal Church has designated February 3 a liturgical memorial for these chaplains.
The St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Yonkers, NY) will present a setting of the St. Matthew Passion.
The musical setting of Passion of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Saint Matthew is an exquisite interplay of soloists, choir, and orchestra. This concert will be the U.S. English-language premiere of the piece by Russian Orthodox Christian composer and churchman Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev.
Performers will include The Salomé Chamber Orchestra, famed soloists soprano Mary Mackenzie, mezzo-soprano Ana Mihanovic, tenor Blake Friedman, and bass Aaron Theno, and the New York Virtuoso Singers prepared by Harold Rosenbaum.
The concert will take place at 7:30 pm in the Church of the Saint Paul the Apostle (at the corner of Columbus Avenue & West 60th Street, NY 10019).
Please click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, 46, is the Russian born Oxford and Paris educated theologian and musician. He's wonderfully talented in many areas. Last May it was a pleasure of mine to see him and hear his work in Rome at a concert he organized for Pope Benedict XVI.