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The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers

March 7 @ 7:30 pm


“Father Forgive”, a new composition by Saint Mary’s music professor, A. Eric Heukeshoven, will receive both international and national premieres in the coming weeks. Local audiences can hear the US premiere at the group’s Homecoming concert on Thursday March 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Mary Chapel of the Angels – Wabasha and Vila streets in Winona. The concert is free and the public is warmly invited.

The work for choir and flute is based on the “Coventry Litany of Reconcilation” – written by Canon Joseph Poole in 1958. The text was inspired by a relentless bombing raid on the city of Coventry, England and its famous cathedral on November 14, 1940. In the days that followed, two enduring symbols emerged from the rubble: two charred roof-beams which had fallen in the shape of a cross were bound and placed at the site of the ruined altar, and three medieval roof nails were also formed into a cross, which became the original Cross of Nails. Shortly after, the words ‘Father Forgive’ – deliberately neutral in content – were inscribed on the wall of the ruined chancel, and Provost Dick Howard made a commitment not to seek revenge, but to strive for forgiveness and reconciliation with those responsible.


Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels
Wabasha and Vila Streets
Winona, MN United States
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