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11th edition of the Extraordinary Prayer at the Anglican Cathedral of St George in Jerusalem 06/03/2014

THE NEXT EDITION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER OF ALL CHURCHES, A GREAT INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOR OUR TIME, WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 7, 2014, VIGIL OF PENTECOST (ALL CHRISTIANS CALENDARS) SHORTLY AFTER THE VISIT AND MEETING IN THE HOLY CITY OF POPE FRANCIS AND H.B. BARTOLOMEUS, ECUMENICAL PATRIACH OF CONSTANTINOPLE, AND THEIR ECUMENICAL PRAYER AT THE HOLY SEPULCHRE TOGETHER WITH ALL HEADS OF CHURCHES OF JERUSALEM ON MAY 26, 2014

Pentecost
The 11th edition of the Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliaition, Unity and Peace will take place on 7 June 2014 at 6 pm in the Anglican Cathedral of St Georges, at the Vigil of Pentecost in Jerusalem. This happens to be twelve days after the ecumenical prayer at the Holy Sepulchre to which Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartolomeus and all heads of Churches of Jerusalem are foreseen to participate on 26 May 2014: an event of extraordinary significance for the Christian Community.

On June 7, 2014, the “Mother Church” of Jerusalem shall call again all Christians and Christian communities in the world to pray for reconciliation, with God and with one another, for unity and for peace, and to continue to support the development of relationship of trust and Love, in a spirit of humility, among Churches.

The Extraordinary Prayer of June 7, 2014, is organized by the Anglican Episcopal Church and shall be presided over by His Grace Bishop Suheil Dawani, Bishop of Jerusalem for the Anglican Church.

As for all preceding editions of the Extraordinary Prayer, all Jerusalem Churches and all Christian communities, and especially their pastors, are invited to personally participate to the celebration. The prayer will be broadcast live or in differed mode by Christian TV channels in the Middle East, Europe, North and South America and possibly in Asia and Australia, in six languages, in order to allow Christians and all persons of good will around the world to join, in a spiritual communion with the Jerusalem prayer. It will be followed by a documentary on the hosting Church.



10th edition of the Extraordinary Prayer at the Syriac Catholic Church of St. Thomas, Jerusalem 22/01/2013


THE 10th EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER OF ALL CHURCHES, A GREAT INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOR OUR TIME, WILL BE HELD ON MAY 18, 2013, VIGIL OF PENTECOST (GREGORIAN CALENDAR) AT THE SYRIAC CATHOLIC CHURCH OF JERUSALEM. IT IS ORGANISED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH THE SYRIAC ORTHODOX CHURCH

Rabbula Pentecost
In these times of changes and challenges both in the East and in the West, the urgency of an intercessory prayer for our time is more evident than ever. In this tenth edition of the Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches, which will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 6 pm Holy Land time, in the Syrian Catholic Church of St Thomas in Jerusalem, the “Mother Church” of Jerusalem once again calls all Christians and Christian communities in the world to pray for reconciliation, with God and with one another, for unity and for peace.

The Extraordinary Prayer of May 18, 2013 is organized by the Syriac Catholic Church in close collaboration with the sister Syriac Orthodox Church. It will be based on the profoundly spiritual Pentecost rites of the antique Syriac tradition and held in Aramaic, the language used by Christ himself, and also the liturgical language still used by the Syriac Churches. Some of the prayer’s invocations will be prepared by Christians of Syria, the region where the Syriac Church originally developed from the Patriarchate of Antioch: they will in this way entrust the great difficulties of the present times to the prayer of the whole Christendom. The Extraordinary Prayer will also be an occasion for invoking reconciliation and expressing mutual forgiveness; it will be a faithful invocation to the Holy Spirit and to the Mercy of the Holy Trinity for our time, beginning from Jerusalem.

As for the preceding editions of the Extraordinary Prayer, all Jerusalem Churches and all Christian communities, and especially their pastors, are invited to personally participate to the celebration. The prayer will be broadcast live or in differed mode by Christian TV channels in the Middle East, Europe, North and South America and possibly in Asia and Australia in six languages,
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in order to allow Christians and all persons of good will around the world to join, in a spiritual communion with the Jerusalem prayer. It will be followed by a documentary on the hosting Church.

The Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches was born during a Vigil of Prayer at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem between few clergy representatives and lay worshippers in 2005, and is based on the inspiration of the urgent necessity of an intercessory prayer for our time involving all Churches, beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, in fact, all Christian Churches are present, as nowhere else. As the birthplace of the Church from the blood and the water that flowed from the side of Christ on Golgotha - according especially to Orthodox theology - and the original place of the effusion of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Holy Town has an extraordinary spiritual vocation to be a living spring of ecclesial communion. The lack of communion in the Church in fact is not only a counter-testimony to Christ’s message, but it is also, and especially, a negative spiritual reality, which weakens her spiritual strength.

The Extraordinary Prayer is characterized by an irresistibly joyful spirit. Since 2009, starting with the first broadcast prayer then organized at the Syrian Orthodox Convent Church of St. Mark in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Church, using, each time, the words of one of the Christian traditions represented in the Holy City, publicly calls all nations in the name of Christ to “repentance for the forgiveness of sins, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24, 47).




Inauguration DVD Eucharistic Symphony, Jerusalem, 16 May 2013 01/01/2013

We are most honored to invite all Jerusalem Christian communities to the presentation and projection of excerpts of the DVD of the September 22, 2012 Gethsemane Concert (World Première) of the

EUCHARISTIC SYMPHONY
for baritone and soprano soloists, mixed choir with four voices, flute and string orchestra
and twelve Church representative singers


by Armando Pierucci, ofm

on May 16, 2013, 5 pm, at the Greek Orthodox Bookshop, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem ,in the presence of His Beatitude Theophilos III

At this occasion, the Eucharistic Symphony DVD shall be offered for sale for the first time both at the Greek Orthodox and at the Franciscan bookshops, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem.




From the Holy City, the Eucharistic Symphony reaches the world 22/10/2012


EUCHARISTIC SYMPHONY: AFTER THE EXTRAORDINARY JERUSALEM CONCERT, THE CONCERTS OF GENEVA; MILAN AND MATERA






An extraordinary Symphony gathering all Churches, beginning from Jerusalem 01/07/2012

A CULTURAL PROJECT BORN IN JERUSALEM INSPIRED BY LITURGICAL PIECES TAKEN FROM TWELVE DIFFERENT CHRISTIAN MUSICAL TRADITIONS - A CALL FOR INCREASED MUTUAL AWARENESS BETWEEN THE EASTERN AND THE WESTERN CHURCHES AND FOR THE RESPECT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM



LIVE at 12:00pm ET, rebroadcast at 8:00pm ET ON CATHOLIC TV

Flyer Jerusalem concert
With the help of the Lord, on September 22, 2012, in the Mystic Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, all Christian heads of Churches and Communities are invited to gather under the open sky in front of the walls of the Holy Town for an extraordinary concert: the world première of the Eucharistic Symphony. The Symphony will be broadcast live by Christian TV channels on several continents, and also recorded for the edition of a musical DVD.

One of the latest compositions of the titular organist of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem for the Roman Catholic Church, the Italian musician Maestro Armando Pierucci, the “Eucharistic Symphony” was written upon commission of Mr. Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori, the President of the Milan Conservatory of Music. It is inspired by liturgical pieces ordinarily sung during the Eucharistic liturgy from twelve different Christian musical traditions in the Holy Town, with twelve corresponding movements and an introduction on a Jewish theme. It will be performed by the Duni Choir and Orchestra of the Matera Conservatory of Music, directed by Maestro Carmine Antonio Catenazzo, with Carlo Rotunno as baritone singer.

In itself a Western piece in nature but using themes in the antique musical modes of the Eastern traditions, no longer in usage in Western music, the Eucharistic Symphony is not only musically unique, but also highly symbolical: it shall give a sight of the beauty and harmony of the rich different Christian traditions interacting precisely “in symphony”, a vision of Christian communion expressed through the Art of Music; it is meant to be an invitation to all Christians to become more aware of their own Church and liturgical tradition, which reflect their history and cultural identity, as well as to discover with loving care the multiplicity of traditions of other Christian Churches. To respect the value and tradition of the original pieces, these will also be sung “a cappella” by twelve Church representatives, before the orchestra and the choir perform the Symphonic development inspired by it.

The project is promoted by Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori’s Italian Foundation “CASA DELLO SPIRITO E DELLE ARTI”, by the MATERA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC and by the Swiss based ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER OF ALL CHURCHES FOR RECONCILIATION, UNITY AND PEACE, BEGINNING IN AND PROCEEDING FROM JERUSALEM, WHICH, promoter of the homonymous intercessory prayer initiative for our time conducted by the Jerusalem Churches.

On September 25, 2012, immediately following the Jerusalem performance, a secular concert centered on the theme of Religious Freedom, also promoted by the Swiss Foundation “CARITAS IN VERITATE” (linked to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See at the United Nations), and by several Missions of States to the United Nations such as the Vatican, Greece, Lebanon, the Sovereign Order of Malta and others, will be hosted at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, one of the most important centers of multicultural diplomacy in the world, as well as an essential place for major international public debate. Religious Freedom is in fact increasingly threatened in many parts of the world, and particularly, in this time of changes experienced in the countries of the Near and Middle East. With the diplomatic corps of the United Nations as main public and, in addition to the twelve movements inspired by Christian traditions, two inspired respectively by the Jewish and Muslim ones, the Geneva concert will also constitute a strong witnessing in front of the community of Nations.

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Other concerts open to the general public are foreseen in other two very significant towns, on September 26 and 29, 2012, respectively in the Milan Duomo, and in Matera the "Western Jerusalem", two cities of the North and South of Italy, which, historically, have each known the influence of both the Eastern and the Western traditions of the Church.

The Eucharistic Symphony is a project with multiple dimensions: spiritual and secular, Christian and universal. From the Holy City for the three great monotheistic religions to the heart of the international political scene, with a vocation to then diffuse to the general public: Through Art and Beauty, the promoters of the Symphony wish to give to our time - a time of change and uncertainty - a strong message of Reconciliation, Unity and Peace, addressing religious and political authorities alike, as well as the general public. And this, beginning from Jerusalem.

Fellowship with Him and One Another
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1, 5-7)


THE CONCERTS

Jerusalem: Saturday, September 22, 2012, Gethsemane Garden, 6 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the Custody of the Holy Land, Jerusalem

Geneva (CH): Tuesday, September 25, 2012, Main Hall of the United Nations, 6 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, Geneva

Milan (I): Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Duomo of Milan, 8.30 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Milan

Matera (I): Saturday, September 29, 2012, Church of S. Pietro Caveoso, 9 pm
The concert is kindly hosted by the City of Matera, Italy

PROMOTION AND PATRONAGE

Association for the Promotion of the Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace, beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem, Geneva, Switzerland

Foundation “Casa dello Spirito e delle Arti”, Milan, Italy

Conservatory of Music of Matera, Italy

For the Geneva concert at the United Nations:
Foundation Caritas in Veritate, Fribourg, Switzerland
States: Vatican City, Greece, Lebanon, Armenia, Romania, Marocco and others