A Celtic Journey with St. Francis of Assisi with Vox Hiberniae

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

October 03, 2022

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to listen to Vox Hiberniae and contemplate the life of St. Francis of Assisi with Harp, Voice and Strings 00:00 Hymn to Hope (Rolf Løvland) 04:10 Laudans Laudare Monuit (Chant) 05:47 Seacht Suáilce na Maighdine (Traditional) 10:05 Ode to Simplicity (Rolf Løvland) 12:55 Céad Glóire (Traditional) 17:14 Psalm 150 Seinn Alleluia (Ronan McDonagh) For Ronan McDonagh’s music visit https://www.fuaimlaoi.com VOX HIBERNIAE: Teresa O’Donnell (Harp) Sarah Lane (Viola/Violin) Mary Louise O’Donnell (Voice) Kerrie O’Connor (Voice) Naomi Dunleavy-O’Shea (Violin) Location: Adam and Eve’s Friary, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin, Ireland Camera and Sound: Jon Henderson Photography: Julien Behal


About Vox Hiberniae

Vox Hiberniae draw on a variety of composers and genres, interspersed with reflections from/about St. Francis, to reflect musically on the life of St. Francis of Assisi from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Dublin, where the community of Adam and Eve’s Friary continue in the tradition of St. Francis. Rolf Løvland’s compositions expound the virtues of hope, which the prayer of St. Francis exhorts us to sow in place of despair, and simplicity, as exemplified in St. Francis’ way of life. Seacht Suáilce na Maighdine is a traditional Irish piece celebrating seven joys in the life of the Virgin Mary, a tradition also observed in the “Franciscan Crown” devotion. The praises found in St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun are echoed in Ronan McDonagh’s setting of psalm 150 and in the traditional Irish piece Céad Glóire which offers one hundred glories to God the Father. The chant antiphon from St Francis’ feast day recalls how St Francis “… taught [us] to praise; he was always praising; Praise, I say, of the Savior; He invites birds, beasts, and other creatures to praise the Creator”.

Article Comments:

sister renee mirkes 10/07/2022 @ 7:32 am

What exquisite balm for the soul! Thanks, Sister Julie Ann, for sharing this Celtic gem of music, art, and architecture with us. Its music will haunt my mind for a long time.


Fr. Placid Stroik, OFM 10/08/2022 @ 9:10 pm

a joy to be present and attentive to life lived already without end when Francis and Clare are a real presence.


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