Having experienced the triumphant joy and looming sadness of Palm Sunday morning, we find ourselves facing grief head-on and grappling with the sorrow that is common to all human existence. We long for rest and peace, but we become entangled in the fleeting vanities of this world. In our pain we cry out—Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; grant us peace. It is here, in this moment of submission, with our hearts lifted in prayer, that we are drawn into the holiness of God—Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest! Our grief and sorrow have now been washed away by perpetual light, where there is rest and peace, not just in the realization of the eternal light which God offers those who seek him, but even here and now, for us, the living, on earth—Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 28:19)—our Requiem, our Rest, is found in Christ.
Combining both liturgical and non-liturgical texts, Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living projects a wide range of meaningful expression, from a biting essay on the vanity and pain of mankind to a plea for mercy, and finally a celebration of eternal light. We invite you to come and experience this powerful five-movement work as presented by the Sanctuary Choir with Chamber Orchestra on Palm Sunday at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.
Much time, effort, and resources will go into our presentation of Requiem for the Living, and we want to be sure our community knows about this event. Please join us in extending the invitation to your neighbors, family and friends. This is a free event, and childcare is available (by reservation with Julia Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org). On Palm Sunday evening, we will be joined by singers and friends from neighboring churches—many of whom have performed the work before—for what is sure to be a wonderful night of music and worship. Help us fill up the Sanctuary!