America’s Church – Celebrity Recital & Lecture September 20-21

America’s Church: Benjamin LaPrairie celebrity recital Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm and lecture presentation Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am. All are welcome to both events! There is no cost and registration is not required.

Benjamin LaPrairie is the Associate Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the national and patronal church of the United States. He is regularly heard accompanying daily, Sunday, and many televised Masses throughout the year, including papal Masses and other events of national importance. As a composer, Benjamin’s works have been recorded and broadcast worldwide on EWTN, Salt & Light Media, and CatholicTV of Boston. As a representative of “America’s Church,” he will also offer a lecture presentation on the sacred liturgy and evangelization, discussing how “inspired liturgy leads to a transformation, deepening and awakening one’s faith” and “how to be agents of such transformation.” He will detail the music program at the National Shrine, discuss his compositions for the liturgy, and provide suggestions on how to plan music for everything from weekend Masses to papal celebrations!


Part 1: Music/Liturgy at the National Shrine

Regularly Scheduled Liturgies
Selection of music for weekend and daily Masses – philosophy behind choices made and examples of them
Compositions by current and former music staff of the National Shrine – audio and video examples
Choir of the National Shrine – details about repertoire and role in the liturgy
Papal Liturgies
Audio and video from papal visits of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis and possibly Pope St. John Paul II
Ethnic Pilgrimage Liturgies
Pictures of unique moments in our ethnic pilgrimages, Guadalupe, Asian-Pacific Islander, etc.
Other Special Events
NSO in your neighborhood – 100th Anniversary of National Shrine cornerstone concert

Part 2: Music at your Parish/Cathedral/School

The Necessity of Beauty
How to find it and encourage it in liturgical practice
How to find it and encourage it in sacred music
Evangelization through Beauty
Hymn text theology
Lex orandi, lex credendi

Part 3: Questions/discussion