Monthly Archives: July 2013

Misa Azteca

One of the several projects that I’m involved in is the incredible Misa Azteca!

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Misa Azteca is a staged, concert piece for orchestra, choir, soloists and pre-Columbian percussion ensemble. It is based on the “ordinary” and “proper” of the Roman Catholic High Mass and verses from the Cantares Mexicanos, a collection pre and post conquest verse of the Mexica (the Aztecs). Misa Azteca is sung in Latin, Spanish and Nahuatle.

It has already been performed at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, CECUT (Centro Cultural Tijuana), Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Apollo Theater (in Greece).

I first listened to parts of this concert piece three years ago and was so moved that I become obsessed with it and wanted to promote it so everyone could hear it! Now, I’m good friends with the composer and his wife and am honored to help them in sharing this beautiful piece of music that honors Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Mass.

Composer, Joseph Julian Gonzalez shares about the unity in Misa Azteca: “By blending Latin and Aztec texts, as well as the various rhythms, instrumentation, and tone unique to both, this concert piece resolves the tensions commonly associated with two seemingly irreconcilable cultures. The theme of complementarity that overrides the assumption that these two worlds must remain disparate, binds everyone in the mutual quest for unity and peace.”

Gonzalez explains the text: “As an example, I hand-picked verses from post-Columbian Aztec verse (once again, from the Cantares Mexicanos) that I believe have a similar theme relevant to the sections of the ordinary and proper of the Mass.  For example in the Gradual, the soprano implores in Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs) “May I never die! May I never perish!  Let me go where one does not die.” This wail of grief is answered by the choir peacefully singing the prayer from the All Saints Day mass, “The souls of the just are in the hand of God…in the sight of the unwise they seemed to die, but they are in peace”.

This is a big week for Misa Azteca with 3-4 meetings within the next two days for international performances as well as working on a promo video.

Be sure to follow Misa Azteca on twitter for updates and information of upcoming performances. And check out the website to learn more about Misa Azteca!

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Feliz Cumpleaños Cecilia Maria!

CeciMany birthday blessings to my sister and best friend Cecilia! She is the most incredible woman I know and I can’t imagine my  life without her. We’ve been through so much together and have had many exciting adventures. We’ve lived and traveled all over. Sometimes together and sometimes a part but no matter what and where she’s always there to talk to. We laugh, we cry and share a million different emotions together. We’ve always been close (and since our parents used to dress us alike) we would joke and say that we’re practically twins! A good friend of our family, Fr. Jim, who has known us since we could barely walk & talk calls us the ‘We ones’. Because at different events or after Mass we would walk around holding hands and ask people “Where’s we mommy”?

Cecilia is an inspiration to me as I witness her always striving  to be the beautiful and feminine woman that God desires her to be.  Nothing has been more exciting for me than to see her live out her dream to be a dancer in NYC, meet the love of her life, and prepare to enter the beautiful sacrament of marriage with Karl! I’m grateful to be a part of her life and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

I hope you enjoy a small peak into some of the fun times we’ve had (Sadly I couldn’t find any photo’s of our trip to Scotland *sniff*) while listening to Las Mañanitas (video below slideshow).

Te quiero muchísimo Ceci! XO

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You can follow Cecilia’s adventures at her personal blog or at Dance Immaculata 

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Forget Me Not Friday

Yesterday I missed out on #ThrowBackThursday #TBT so today I decided to post #ForgetMeNotFriday! lol

Rosario & Cecilia Lk MI - Early years

Rosario y Cecilia – Summertime fun at the beach!

This is me with my sister and best friend Cecilia at one of our favorite places of all time… Lake Michigan!

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“We need saints.” A beautiful call for saints! A poem INSPIRED by Bl John Paul II

The following poem is said to be inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II

“We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. We need saints – saints for the 21st century with a spirituality appropriate to our new time. We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change. We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater. We need saints that are open sociable normal happy companions. we need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.”

Blessed Pope John Paul II

Blessed Pope John Paul II

 Everyone keeps asking where this poem came from. Here are two resources that I’ve found: 

Mario St. Francis Website and The Deacon’s Bench

I think it is very important that the correct person(s) be acknowledge for their work. But I don’t think we should disregard the message because there’s a debate over who said it. Which is why I’m not deleting this post.

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No divorce & better sex… Catholics have it going on!

The Marriage Crucifix = No divorce

When you base your marriage on the crucifix the likely hood of divorce is pretty low. So low in fact that… “in the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Bosnia and Herzagovina, not one single divorce or broken family has been recorded in living memory among its more than 26.000* inhabitants!”  How is that possible? Well…

At the wedding ceremony When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a Crucifix with them. The priest blesses the Crucifix and instead of saying that they have found the ideal partner with whom to share their lives, he exclaims, “You have found your Cross! It is a Cross to love, to carry with you, a Cross that is not to be thrown off, but rather cherished.”

When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this Crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are bound together and united to the Cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love one other in good times and in bad, proclaiming their vows to be faithful according to the rites of the Church.

Then they both first kiss the Cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the Cross. They lose Jesus! After the wedding, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same Crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer, for the young couple believes deeply that the family is born of the Cross.

You can read more about the Marriage Crucifix here!

I heard about this tradition many years ago and even witnessed my cousin and her husband do this at their wedding. I plan to incorporate this beautiful tradition in my wedding/marriage when the time comes! 😉

Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Family Research Council Says

As for the better sex…. According to a study they found that devoted Catholics and other faithful Christians who attend church weekly are having better sex and more often! You can check out all the statistics and read about it here.

 

 

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