On January 3rd, a unique gathering took place in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. An encounter between painting and music, contemporary art and ancient traditions, art and faith. Around 7pm, about 40 people, hailing from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities, met at Dillon Gallery, one of Chelsea’s most prominent art galleries located on the street level on 25th Street.
On that night, the Heart’s Home team was honored to direct a vesper service in the heart of New York’s art district. The invitation came from our friend Makoto Fujimura, whose outstanding paintings of the Four Holy Gospels have hung on the walls of the gallery since the beginning of December. Makoto introduced the event, and welcomed father Paul Anel to introduce and lead the vesper.
Sister Mary, Servant of God’s Presence, directed the choir, composed of the Brooklyn team plus a group of Heart’s Home seminarians from Chile presently attending philosophy classes at the ICCC. Their talent and hard work to make the most of this night resulted in an amazing performance of Palestrina’s “Jesu Rex Admirabilis,” among others.
The audience was seized by the beauty of the paintings and of the songs, both mingling into one heartfelt prayer. Father Paul, in his homily, emphasized Makoto’s courageous choice to illuminate the Word of God from the very depth of the contemporary vocabulary, abstract and thoroughly dramatic. It was said that when somebody sings his whole body vibrates. Hopefully this memorable night, full as it was of wonder, prayer, and genuine friendship, will cause the whole art district to vibrate !