NORTHAMPTON — The Latin words jump off the page: “bonae voluntatis,” as in “et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis” — or translated, peace on planet to civilization of great will. it is a statement from the Gloria of the roman inn Catholic Mass. Us members the Da Camera Singers room practicing this Gloria top top a brisk, partially cloudy April day in the performing arts facility at the Northfield mountain Hermon institution in Gill. Couple of if any kind of of us are practicing roman inn Catholics. Ns think as a team we take a fairly skeptical view towards religion. However we are being urged by our director, Sheila Heffernon — because that the services of giving artistic expression of Bach’s incredible setting in his fixed in B boy — to truly take into consideration the import of the words. Peace will pertained to those, and also only come those, who proactively will an excellent to their other human beings, whoever they might be.Not simply being pretty or tolerant, yet earnestly ready the an excellent to another is closely related come Jesus’ admonition come his disciples to “love your enemy.” the is far and also away his most radical statement. that is easy to love those who are choose you, who share your beliefs and your culture, he said. The difficulty I pose you, he said, is to love the one that is not choose you, whose ideas are no yours, who does not love you. Bonae voluntatis. The words come from a “dead” language, yet there is an benefit to deadness in a language. The words are no much longer subject to spin, to adjust or adulteration, to manipulation. They mean what lock mean. Castle ring “eternal” in this respect. Fairly miraculously, castle are, when not susceptible to alteration in meaning, topic to gift brought ago to life, re-energized, when fresh breath is blown through them, as by basic singers. The singers, without the slightest spin ~ above the meaning, bring the eternal an interpretation fully come life.What a an excellent thing it would certainly be ~ above this planet so scored v hateful and also destructive divisions if these two words can be heard, and also meditated upon, in their true eternal beauty, particularly by those in power, whether it it is in in city halls, statehouses, Congress, parliaments, dumas, lack jirgas, the united Nations, or any of the bloody borders of our person world.And by the way, ~ above Sunday, June 1, at Sweeney Concert hall at blacksmith College, you can hear the words breathed to brand-new life in the marvelous music of Bach perform by a arsenal of straightforward singers, her neighbors, acquisition on one of the most deep, many joyous, most marvelous therapies of the Mass ever before composed — and also that through a Protestant. Great us good willing, please, and please be through us.
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Judson Brown resides in Northampton and also performs with the Da Camera Singers.