Eucharist-inspired hymn to debut at Festival Choir’s concert Nov. 12 in Peoria
“Be Thou My Vision” is the theme of a concert by the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir of the Diocese of Peoria planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. Mark Church in Peoria.
The program will feature the premiere performance of “Communion Prayer,” written by Patricia Morris of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria with her sister, Kathie Bernard, and arranged by Mark Filip. The new hymn was entered in the National Eucharistic Revival Songwriting Competition sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops earlier this year.
The concert will also feature up-tempo versions of favorite Gospel tunes; works by Rutter, Goreki, and Biebl; and sets of Irish, Americana, and patriotic songs.
The Festival Chorale is co-directed by founder Mary Ann Fahey-Darling and chorale member/assistant director Mary Jo Papich.
While admission to the concert is free, a collection of non-perishable food items will be received at the door to be donated to Sophia’s Kitchen, which serves more than 800 guests daily on Peoria’s South Side. A free-will offering will also be received during the concert to be shared with Sophia’s Kitchen and the organization “Love Repeated,” an orphanage in Tanzania started by choir member Nancy Davis.
The ecumenical St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir was formed in 2015 and was officially named as Festival Choir for the Diocese of Peoria in 2017.