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The Easter Andrea Bocelli concert in Milan’s empty cathedral continues to impress us — as it should. I discovered that if I view it with the sound off there is even wonders that become evident. For example, in the final segment where Andrea walks to a microphone at edge of the front steps of the Duomo. What is noticeable is that behind Andrea you can see the closed doors of the church. God’s church (building) is “closed” in a certain sense. But the faith lives on. It took living people to produce this event and living people to welcome it. It is truly a celebration of Easter.

So watching in silence helps discover what Andrea Bocelli and the arrangers of the concert intended to say. It is a high quality work in every regard. We can be proud that the Church, the people, promoted such a production. So here are a few items I found “hidden” in the YouTube video, which is still available Music for Hope.

I hope; you paid attention to the “poetic” introduction to the concert which was given in English subtitles at the beginning. Look at it again as given by Andrea from his heart (remember he is blind).

On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs
I’m honored and happy to answer “Si”
to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan.
I believe in the strength of praying together
I believe in the Christian Easter
a universal symbol of rebirth
that everyone whether they are believers or not
truly needs right now
Thanks to music, streamed live, bring together
millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world
We will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsating heart
this wonderful international forge that is reason for Italian pride.
The generous, courageous, proactive Milan and the whole of Italy
will be again and very soon a winning model
engine of a renaissance that we all hope for.
It will be a joy to witness at the Duomo,
during the Easter celebration which evokes the mystery of birth and rebirth.

The concert was produced in Italy but was very international — video clips from northern Italy, Paris, London and New York, all empty. It came from Milan, Italy from the hardest hit area of that country, the north which has suffered the most. I also noticed that just below the video to the left was the count of hits 35, 453,510 views — that’s millions, yes millions, up to that point with over 25,000 comments. That is how far reaching it was. In the introduction Andrea referred to the world wide audience whether believers or not. We all have this in common hoping for a rebirth. The concert pieces — Italian work, French, English, and concluded with the most recognizable song in the English-speaking world Amazing Grace. The empty cathedral, as Andrea said, would remain with us as a place that once again will be a witness of joy when filled with members of mankind celebrating Easter as the mystery of birth and rebirth.

Listen with your eyes, you will hear more than the music.


Holy Thursday Homily
Good Friday Homily
Easter Vigil Homily
Easter Day Homily

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