On Saturday, December 17, Una Vocis will present a Christmas concert at Holy Family Catholic Church, beginning at 7:00 pm. As part of the lineup of traditional Christmas carols, the choir will give the premiere performance of a new work, commissioned by Una Vocis. It is called “Joseph,” and the music is written by Timothy Takach, setting a text written by Michael Dennis Browne, the Minneapolis poet whose work has been set by such noted composers as Stephen Paulus.
The poem tries to imagine how Joseph would have felt, holding the infant Jesus in his arms, listening to the breathing that joins his own, “wondering who you might be, how far you may have come to be with us.”
And there is a repeated line that best captures Joseph’s sense of awe and wonder as it begins to dawn on him not only that he is a new father, but that this human child he holds in his arms is the saving light of the world: “each dawn is different now that you are here.”
On Christmas Day we will reflect on this somewhat shadowy figure in the Christmas story—Joseph. So much of the story, in the biblical texts as well as in our carols, put Mary in the spotlight, and there is good reason for that. But there is also much we can learn from
Join us on Sunday, December 25, at 10:30 am as we celebrate the joy of knowing that “each dawn is different” now that Christ is here.