by Cecile Fourmeaux, permanent member in Brooklyn
“On Sunday, November 23, I had the great joy of singing two major pieces of J.S Bach (Magnificat and Cantata 140) together with my fellow singers of the St. George’s Choral Society, in Manhattan.
Music lifts up the soul, music brings consolation to our sufferings, music awakens our longing for eternity. All of this I have known of and experienced so many times as a listener. But how different it is to participate myself in performing the music (and such a powerful one!) Somehow, my experience was that of a “visitation.” My poor presence – really poor compared to all the amazing voices of my choir’s fellowmen – felt fulfilled, completed, and visited by the presence of the other singers, by that of our director, and ultimately by that of God.
Maybe the lyrics of the Magnificat and of the Cantata (calling up the soul to awake for the arrival of Jesus the Bridegroom) resonated in a special way in my heart because of being a Catholic. Nonetheless, I was extremely impressed and moved by all the others who gave themselves so fully. They seemed to be recognizing a beauty that is greater than them – given to them – and that they want to serve with their whole being.
The miracle of friendship, which we so dearly seek to serve at Heart’s Home, is becoming a reality with some of these fellow singers. And this comes simply because we reveal one another, we give and receive much of each other through three months of hard work and a common performance. Blessed be the Lord!”