A Christmas Song from the Ignatian Schola Vocal Ensemble
December 25, 2014 — In celebration of Christmas, the Ignatian Schola, a Manhattan-based vocal ensemble composed of Jesuits and lay colleagues, presents a video of their song “Rise Up.”
Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, the ensemble performs an eclectic repertoire of sacred music including chant, Renaissance motets and music by contemporary composers. The Schola has performed in various Jesuit parishes and universities across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, among other locations. The purpose of their ministry is “to inspire prayer through music with a decidedly Ignatian focus.”
“This is our experience: that we feel closer to God in singing than in just saying words; that the music itself carries the emotion; that in singing we are attentive and focused on God in a special way; that in singing we pray with our entire being — mind, body, spirit, all at once. We find and praise God in the music and in one another,” members of the group explained.
January 1, 2018 — In the early days of 2017, the newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, helped set the stage for a year that will be very much remembered for the Jesuits’ care for people at the margins.
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