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Luchando Cantando: Advent Hope for Trying Times

November 29, 2016:

 

Luchando Cantando: Advent Hope for Trying Times

A gift of comfort, challenge and esperanza from the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program of Catholic Theological Union.

In these days of uncertainty and fear, Advent provides time and inspiration to consider the expectations of the reign of God’s peace and justice. Latina theologian Ada María Isasi-Díaz reminds us that God calls us to kin-dom, to build responsible relationships in mutual solidarity with each other and all of creation. This series in four cantos engages Advent themes that particularly speak to our troubled times, nuestra vida cotidiana. In this musical conjunto with psalms, ancient songs and contemporary hymnody open our hearts to the mystery of the Incarnation.

The four cantos presented are by Latino theologian, composer, and musician Tony Alonso and were performed in concert at CTU in the Spring of 2016. Tony’s words accompanying each canto draw on the wisdom of Latin@ theologies, and the bilingual texts reflect the dynamic linguistic reality of nuestra comunidad latina en los Estados Unidos.

We are grateful to GIA, videographer David Bowles, and to Tony Alonso and Friends: Gary Daigle (guitar), Kate Williams (vocals, CTU 2016), Michael Doyle (bass, CTU DMin. Student), Matt Merkt (vocals), Nura Ali (violin), Olivia Masini (vocals), Steve Michels (percussion), Francisco "Pancho" Patiño (vocals).

For links to music by Tony Alonso go to http://www.tonyalonso.com/music.

For more information about the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program contact Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández, Director, cnanko@ctu.edu.

First Week of Advent

In the Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, Psalm 122 invites us to go up to the house of the Lord. In this Advent season, what might that invitation entail?

 

Second Week of Advent

In the Lectionary Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Psalm 72 sings of the one who shall lead, endowed with God’s justice, a justice marked by the flourishing of peace, and rescue of those who are poor and afflicted.  In this Advent season, what is expected of those among us who have experienced God’s rescue and in turn are confronted with the cries of suffering?

Te Alabaré, Señor/I Will Praise You, Lord

Third Week of Advent

In the Lectionary Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent, Psalm 146 sings of salvation in terms of God’s preferential option for those who are made vulnerable, for those who live on the margins. In this Advent season, how are we called to keep safe those made vulnerable by the decisions and omissions of our times?

Fourth Week of Advent

In the Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Psalm 24 asks who can ascend the mountain of God? In this Advent season, how have we equipped ourselves to journey in the light of the Incarnation, in the company of friends, family, and strangers, and those who call us to accountability to all creation?

Featuring: Tony Alonso