He is Risen! So proclaim Christians throughout the world each Easter Season as we celebrate the hope that comes from the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So also proclaim the words and music of Rob Gardner’s oratorio entitled, Lamb of God, which will be performed at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in downtown San Jose on the evenings of April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. by a choir and orchestra composed of members of local Catholic parishes and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). This joint effort to celebrate in words and music the final days of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, His Atonement and Resurrection will also serve as a benefit for the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Programs. The director, Alan Chipman describes Lamb of God as, “Sacred music with the capacity to change hearts.”
The ecumenical performance is meant to uplift and expand hearts as well as to raise awareness and donations for Catholic Charities refugee resettlement programs.
Refugees continue to resettle in San Jose and surrounding communities. Catholic Charities provides support services geared towards not only resettlement, but self-sufficiency through language, employment, and community assimilation services. In a recently released statement, Bishop McGrath explains, “San Jose and the greater Bay Area have historically welcomed various waves of refugees, and the Church has been a willing partner in many of these efforts…We recommit ourselves to this form of living out the Gospel, the teaching of the Lord Jesus to welcome the stranger, for in doing so, we welcome the Lord Himself.”
The Lamb of God was written and composed in 2009 by Rob Gardner for choir, orchestra, soloists and narrators. The following year, in 2010, it was performed in Oakland in collaboration with The Diocese of Oakland, LDS community, and the American Red Cross to raise awareness of the need for blood donations and to promote the annual Interfaith Blood Drives scheduled for July each year. Since then it has been performed at Saint Mary’s in San Francisco, Saint Mary’s in Vacaville, The LDS Oakland Temple Hill, as well as the Mission Santa Clara.
The admission is free with a ticket. See details at LambofGodEaster.com.