We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Organ for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

JERUSALEM – Summer 2014. Whoever walks inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and proceeds towards the Latin chapel, notices at once a new musical instrument fixed against the wall of the Franciscan Chapel of the Column. It is the new organ which from now on will be used by Father Armando Pierucci, organist of the Holy Sepulchre, of Magnificat Institute, to accompany liturgical celebrations.
Fr. Armando Pierucci is an Italian Franciscan monk who succeeded the former organist of the Holy Sepulchre, Augustin Lama, an "illustrious Palestinian musician who was the organist of the Holy Sepulchre for 68 years" (1920 to 1988).

The previous organ, donated by Fr. Stanislaus Betagnoli, had 35 different keyboards with only five working. Fr. Betagnoli arranged for donors in support of the new organ.

Apparently, when the first organ—a modest harmonium—was installed in the mid 17th Century in the Franciscan owned part of the building, it's installation brought many protests from the Greek Orthodox.

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