“Bending Towards the Light” speaks of the greatest light that is Jesus who comes in peace in humble surroundings for our salvation.
by Susan Bailey | Source: www.fscc-calledtobe.org/living
“Light” is co-written by Bob Kindred, Henry Timm and Anne Phillips, taken from her show "Bending Towards the Light...A Jazz Nativity", the Christmas story told through the medium of jazz with stars such as Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton and Tito Puente playing roles. Now "a new New York Christmas tradition", it’s performed annually in New York City with local productions in many cities.
Sr. Mary Carol, from Holy Family Music Conservatory in Manitowoc, commented that the song express how “In December we enter into the darkest time of the year. The darkness is overcome with lights everywhere: candle lights, lighted ornaments and trees, outdoor decorations. However, the greatest light is Jesus who comes in peace in humble surroundings for our salvation.”
Singer, composer, arranger, conductor, producer Anne Phillips began her career as a member of the Ray Charles Singers on the Perry Como Show. In addition to recording the classic album "Born To Be Blue", she worked as a singer and choral arranger/conductor with many of the music world's leading artists from Carol King and Mahalia Jackson to Sammy Davis Jr., George Jones and Neil Diamond. She is widely known as the writer/arranger/producer of many national commercials.
The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s featured song this Advent is “Bending Towards the Light” at their “Franciscanized World” discernment site www.fscc-calledtobe.org/living.
The “Franciscanized World” page is designed to help discerning women see the world as Saints Francis and Clare did - realistically, compassionately, finding good and holy possibility in the substance and culture of everyday life. "We’ve talked with young women candidates to our community to learn the best way to reach those interested in joining us,” Sr. Julie Ann Sheahan, OSF, Directress of Vocations for the Franciscan Order said. “We want to present our life as a viable option for them. Personal invitation is always best; however, we became convinced that real conversations can begin by using the language of images and music.”
Established in 1869, the Roman Catholic Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serve in Catholic health care, education and parish ministries in 13 U.S. dioceses (Green Bay, Superior, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Tucson, Honolulu, Chicago, Marquette, Jackson, Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus and Steubenville).
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