Media Center Pick of the Week: Lent

Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida hosts the Bach Festival each February. As I listened to last Sunday’s performance, I felt our dear Lord prepare my heart for the Lenten journey.

 

Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida hosts the Bach Festival each February. As I listened to last Sunday’s performance, I felt our dear Lord prepare my heart for the Lenten journey. Renowned organist, Rebecca Owens, introduced one of the composer’s organ pieces as a “conversation with God.” Next Sunday, the festival choir and orchestra will offer “St. John Passion.” Our DVD selection this week, “Ashes to Glory,” features two minute reflections for the 47 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Each segment explores music, poetry, history and religious art. In the first reflection, we hear scriptural references to ashes. One of the admonitions that accompanies reception of the Sign of the Cross on our foreheads – “…you are dust and to dust you will return” – recalls God’s words to Adam as he leaves the Garden of Eden. A quote from Thomas Edison invokes the penitential theme of transformational suffering. After his laboratory burned to the ground, Edison remarked: “Thank God we can begin anew.” And wouldn’t you know it! J. S. Bach comes in for a mention on Day 30 (Thursday of the 4th Week of Lent). His choral work, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” is an adaptation of an earlier hymn based on the poem by St. Bernard of Clairveaux. Request this DVD with the on-line Order form or search with the keyword: lent @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).