Welcome the evening in song and spirit. Join Brother Al and Maggid Steve for an interfaith psalm experience as we sing in English, Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, Ladino and Hindi. A unique musical, meditative evening of devotional chant, music and stories.

Discovering the Gift of the Sabbath:

Ushering in Sacred Time

For centuries, Jews have welcomed Shabbat as a “time apart” – with candles, prayers, special meals – observing both family and communal worship traditions from sunset Friday until sunset Saturday. It is a day to relax, to reflect, one full day per week devoted to being instead of doing. Shabbat is the central feature of the Jewish covenant with God, and the most important holiday of the Jewish year.

Now Franciscan Brother Al Mascia, OFM and Jewish storyteller and teacher Maggid Steve Klaper join to guide Christians in the practice of creating sacred time in their week.

We conclude the Jewish Shabbat with a traditional Havdalah Service, and then introduce a new ritual of DomeniCandela — a Sunday Candle, a unique ceremony of song and candle-lighting, marking the beginning of sacred time for our Christian sisters and brothers.

Each community — Christian and Jewish —  sings, both to the other and with one another — songs of gratitude, songs of welcome, songs of Sabbath peace. This is an altogether unique ritual, one that you will never forget, and which may enhance your spiritual practice for the rest of your life.

Join us as we close Shabbat and welcome the Lord’s Day in creative and prayerful ways that will resonate with all people of faith.

Holy Foolishness

Encounter the Holy through mirthful music, tantalizing tales, reveling ritual and bridge-building artistry. Reb Zusya, Brother Juniper, Mullah Nasrudin and the wise men of Chelm all make an appearance. With Brother Al Mascia, OFM and multi-media artist Mary Gilhuly.

An Interfaith Psalm Experience: Taizé with a Twist!


from the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace

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