I would like to call the attention of Pray Tell’s readership to a new website that has just gone live: Night of Silence. Conceived by Daniel Kantor, this exquisitely designed online resource is intended to help contemporary folk appreciate the beauty and importance of the season of Advent in contemporary life. The “Adventus Blog” is for those interested in new spiritual insights on Advent, giving a platform for insights into the season from theology, culture, music, art and spirituality. Presently the blog contains the following contributions:
Richard Rohr: “The Cosmic Christ of Advent”
Michael Dennis Browne: “Poets and Advent”
Susan Palo Cherwien: “Advent is a Threshold”
Susan Palo Cherwien: “Longing”
Daniel Kantor: “The Story of Night of Silence”
Daniel Kantor: “The Advent Rose”
Daniel Kantor: “A New Arrangement by Jocelyn Hagen”
Daniel Kantor and Michael Joncas: “Video: A Deeper Look”
Michael Joncas: “Advent Waiting”
There is also a shop connected with the website selling both a variety of arrangements of “Night of Silence” (with a helpful reference guide helping the visitor to decide whether the score would be for small ensemble, church choir, or a larger concert choir), Advent scores by other church composers (e.g., Lori True, David Haas, Marty Haugen) and recordings of other Advent and Christmas music (e.g., the St. Olaf Choir, Vocal Essence, The Cathedral Singers).
One of the seminar groups sponsored by the North American Academy of Liturgy is “The Advent Project,” sustained by a group of scholars and practitioners dedicated to re-thinking the Advent season as a gift for contemporary Christian worshipers. I would hope that as the website continues, the insights of these scholars could find a base for dissemination here.