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The Gate is Open

Cover art: "The Forgotten Cemetery"
by Julius Klever

A contemplative winter meditation on the Star...which is found beyond fear...
Commissioned in 2008 by South Bend Chamber Singers / Nancy Menk
Reimagined in 2018 for South Metro Chorale / Mark Bilyeu
Sister Peronne Marie Thibert

This haunting and contemplative winter song offers three iconic symbols: the gate, the woods, and the Star. Like most gates, this one is important because of what lies beyond it: the woods. And of course, every fairy tale-loving child knows what lies in the woods: danger, magic, wisdom. The real mystery is the third symbol: the Star. What is this Star? A glimpse of the divine? An understanding of grace? A new way of creating heaven here on earth?

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The Gate is Open

Sister Peronne Marie Thibert

The gate is open
    dare we enter
the snow looks heavy, deep,
the woods, dark, deeper still

the Star, we’re told,
    is somewhere beyond
on the other side of fear,
       of hopelessness

The gate is open
    dare we enter
        dare believe...


South Bend Chamber Singers - Nancy Menk, conductor ~ Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN)  * Premiere






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