Spring Sing at the Monastery

The chapel was full for the spring concert of the North East Choral Club (NECC) which was hosted this year by the Erie Benedictines and included selections by the Monastery Schola and Handbell Choir. Sister Marilyn Schauble, a member of the singing group and director of the monastery groups shared, “It was a wonderful evening. I was delighted that the schola and handbell choir could be a part of the program and excited to welcome NECC to our home.”

The concert’s theme was, “Spring Sing.” The first part of the program was a series of “oldies” (composed early to mid-20th century) that never get old and included With a Song in my Heart, April Showers and Me and My Shadow. Bridge over Troubled Waters and Take Me Home Country Roads, composed later in the 20th century, had many members of the audience humming along. The Monastery Schola joined NECC for the singing of Da Pacem which translates to a wish for peace in our day. The schola then offered a rendition of Psalm 139, O God, You Search Me before ending with a lovely setting of Come Paraclete (based on the traditional Come, Holy Spirit). The handbell choir continued the Spirit theme and played Drifting in the Spirit.

“This was a new opportunity for us,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “We typically share our music in a liturgical setting. Although we were performing for an audience, it was a prayer for and with all present. It was beautiful.” Nancy Bowers, director of NECC, added: “It was an honor for us to be able to sing here at Mount St. Benedict. It was an experience of Benedictine hospitality that we will not forget.”

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