The old favourites like ‘The Clouds’ Veil’, ‘I will be the Vine’, Alleluia and others were part of a beautiful evening of song, reflection, light and music with Fr Liam Lawton in Gardiner St church on November 10th. A large crowd turned up on a cold night to hear songs from the new album, ‘Healing Song’ also. Fr Liam, nephew of the late Fr Hilary Lawton SJ, is rightly regarded as the foremost religious composer in Ireland, and creates a lovely link of sound through old Irish melody and contemporary language and concerns, with a sensitive use of the Scriptures. Ms Emer Barry with her beautiful rendering of ‘The Voice of an Angel’ added extra beauty to the evening. See Donal Neary’s reflection below.
Donal Neary PP writes: “On the evening I was reminded of Fr General’s comment in Gonzaga that ‘the only language of faith for the current culture and faith is the language of the heart’. Religious language is mostly now jaded and evokes images not always helpful to understanding the faith of the gospel. Liam’s music reaches the heart of men and women of many nationalities, in both words and sound.”
The proceeds after expenses were for Slí Eile, the Jesuit young Adult Ministry who are grateful for this contribution their work .