• January 14, 2011

Vespers at Dillon Gallery

Letter headings for Crossway “The Four Gospels” project © 2010 Makoto Fujimura

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 !

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