Collect for Ascension Day: Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
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Vanessa Hawkins, soprano
Vanessa Hawkins, an Orlando native, developed a love for music at a very early age. She received classical training while attending Jones High School. After graduation, Vanessa pursued a major in Music at Florida A&M University and later at Rollins College. She was a cast member of the “Porgy & Bess” Opera held at Bob Carr Performing Arts in April 2010 as well as a member of the "Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation Master Singers.
M. Roger Holland, II is Teaching Assistant Professor in Music and Religion and Director of The Spirituals Project at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received the Master of Divinity degree, Roger also served as Artist-in-Residence and director of the Union Gospel Choir for over 13 years. In 2015 Union awarded him the Trailblazers Distinguished Alumni Award, the first given to a graduate whose ministry is music, for his contributions to the legacy of African American music. In November 2016 Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York presented Roger with the Pierre Toussaint Medal for service.
The Magnificat, also known as the Canticle of Mary, is one of the oldest songs or hymns in the Bible, whose text is found in the Gospel of Luke. This liturgical setting of the Magnificat is comprised of a new antiphon to be sung by the gathered assembly, with the verses of the canticle for cantor taken from a previously composed antiphonal setting for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Donate your extra masks, sanitizer, wipes, gloves, toilet paper to St. Richard’s to prepare for our re-opening in what we hope will be the near future. We wait for guidance from the Dioceses of Kentucky, Central Florida.