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February 26, 1988 | By Paddy Noyes, Special to The Inquirer
When Leon, 9, stands up straight, puffs out his chest and sings "Jesus Loves Me," it's only the first song in his repertoire. Watching him is like watching daffodils dance in the spring wind, and you can tell by the way his body sways that he's having fun. He's in the children's choir at church. The enjoyment he derives from hymn singing is equaled only during the lessons he learns in Bible class. Leon does well in school, too. He is in fourth grade, and reading is his chosen subject.
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February 20, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their inspiration was a marathon - a group of college students singing 658 hymns for 30 straight hours. But Forrest Moyer, the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, decided to spread out his version of the long-distance music run. His interpretation calls for local music lovers to gather and together croon more than 600 songs in just 12 sittings this year. The result is a series of monthly two-hour a cappella singfests that are part of the Heritage Center's 40th anniversary celebration, a kind of Year of the Hymn that also salutes the Mennonite songbook.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Whether as player or composer, there is no end to stately trumpeter Dave Douglas' invention or passion. None of his albums, however, have the studied conviction or emotional weight of 2012's Be Still . He couldn't be any closer to his most recent theme: his mother, Emily Douglas, who was 78 when she surrendered to ovarian cancer. She was a religious woman who loved Protestant hymns as much as she dug her son's music. "I did the math: She probably attended over 200 of my gigs," Douglas says.
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March 3, 1994 | BY MSGR. S.J. ADAMO
I'm a bit disappointed in God. The reasons: I've prayed to Him for at least 70 years - and God hasn't talked to me even once. It's not that I want to boast, telling people: "You want to know something? God talked to me last night!" I think God knows I'm not a braggart, so if He wishes to talk to me and keep it a secret, I'll gladly go along with it. You see, there are so many things I want to ask God, and I'd like to get some answers. Well, what would I like to ask God?
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March 2, 1994 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Roslyn Cirino always knew she was a belter. That was her style when she was just 16 and started singing at nightclubs in Philadelphia. Her throaty voice was perfect for the Tin Pan Alley kind of songs she sang. Today, at 55, Cirino, a self-described "Bill Bailey" singer, is still performing gigs under the stage name of Lynne Leo. But, about 25 years ago, a new career opened up for her when she discovered a more spiritual facet of her talent. After Mass one morning, a priest at Mother of Divine Providence Church in King of Prussia asked her to consider being the church's soloist.
NEWS
April 8, 1996 | For The Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
A Salvation Army band plays hymns for several dozen listeners representing numerous Bristol Borough churches during a joint sunrise service celebrating Easter at Bristol Lions Park.
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April 8, 1990 | Special to The Inquirer / HINDA SCHUMAN
Passover, which celebrates the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery, has relevance for all people who are struggling to be free - even of illness. On Wednesday, Passover was marked at Doylestown Hospital with a traditional seder meal for patients and staff. Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell of Doylestown's Temple Judea led the group in traditional readings and hymns. Passover begins tomorrow at sundown.
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May 30, 1993 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A voice in the tenor section was flat, and choir director Lenora Young, blessed with ears as sharp as her silver fingernails, knew where and almost who. "Last row of tenors stand up," she commanded in an alto that did not need the microphone perched at her lips. "Sing 'the fall.' Come on," she told the three people who stood up after an exchange of "Who? Me?" glances. Clearly, it was the lady in the blue fishing hat who was missing the mark. Young repeatedly sang and played the two notes that went with the two words until all the tenors got it. "All right, everybody," Young said.
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May 2, 1986 | By KEVIN HANEY, Daily News Staff Writer
With Independence Hall as their backdrop, about 150 members of the local Ukrainian community held a candlelight ceremony last night to protest the Soviet Union's handling of the nuclear reactor disaster in the Ukraine. A priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church led the assembly in a Ukrainian prayer service for the many people they fear died or were injured in the accident last week at Chernobyl. Three generations of the local Ukrainian-American community, which numbers some 70,000, participated in the service, from toddlers to aging immigrants who fled the Ukraine following World War II. For the older members of the group, last week's disaster and the Soviet government's silence brought back bitter memories of the mass starvation which struck the Ukraine in the mid-1930s, a disaster also shrouded in official governmental secrecy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1986 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
The local quintet Ruin has just released an album, Fiat Lux (Meta-Meta Records ) that fulfills the group's promise as a creator of alluring rock music. The thick layers of guitar combine with the moan of lead singer Vosco to summon up a dark moodiness, and the band alternates smooth, sluggish tempos with excellent faster, rawer songs such as "Real Good Time. " And while it's all too obvious that these fellows could use more of a sense of humor, they achieve something close to it in their versions of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat.
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February 20, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their inspiration was a marathon - a group of college students singing 658 hymns for 30 straight hours. But Forrest Moyer, the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, decided to spread out his version of the long-distance music run. His interpretation calls for local music lovers to gather and together croon more than 600 songs in just 12 sittings this year. The result is a series of monthly two-hour a cappella singfests that are part of the Heritage Center's 40th anniversary celebration, a kind of Year of the Hymn that also salutes the Mennonite songbook.
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December 2, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The keynote guest - the pope himself - has already been announced, as have an official prayer and icon. On Sunday, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput checked off yet another box on the list of preparations for next year's World Meeting of Families: the debut of an official hymn. "Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom," commissioned from liturgical composer Normand Gouin, was sung for the first time Sunday at a Mass that Chaput celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Gouin, now at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., is a former music director at Old St. Joseph's Church in Society Hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Whether as player or composer, there is no end to stately trumpeter Dave Douglas' invention or passion. None of his albums, however, have the studied conviction or emotional weight of 2012's Be Still . He couldn't be any closer to his most recent theme: his mother, Emily Douglas, who was 78 when she surrendered to ovarian cancer. She was a religious woman who loved Protestant hymns as much as she dug her son's music. "I did the math: She probably attended over 200 of my gigs," Douglas says.
NEWS
November 4, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
AMID THE COLLAPSED facade of New Thankful Baptist Church, at 18th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, on Aug. 11, 2009, was a piano that was clearly visible in the wreckage. It was the piano that Sarah Caine Young had played at services. In fact, Sarah was the first pianist and organist at the North Philadelphia church, and her music accompanied the gospel hymns that resonated in the building for more than 20 years. Sarah Young, a 35-year employee of the U.S. Department of Human Services, a doting mother and grandmother and world traveler, died Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Marissa Nadler's songs create a world unto themselves. They shift in and out of focus; they slide among styles; they sound ancient but contemporary; they're pretty but often disquieting. In the words of one new song, they're "eerie hymns. " With her fingerpicked acoustic guitar and her fragile, careful voice, Nadler built on the British folk tradition of late '60s singers such as Vashti Bunyan on her early albums. Her newest work ranges more deeply and broadly, with hints of early Joni Mitchell in terms of precise imagery as well as of Mazzy Star for hazy atmosphere.
NEWS
March 22, 2011
By Ron Avery It dates back to 1803, but there is an intimate and violent connection between the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and Philadelphia. Somewhere at the murky bottom of the port of Tripoli lies the remains of an American warship, the USS Philadelphia. It was built for the Navy in its namesake city at the end of the 18th century, using funds raised by Philadelphians. The graves of two naval heroes closely connected with the ship - William Bainbridge and Stephen Decatur - can be found in local graveyards less than a mile apart.
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September 19, 2010 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pews were filling at Boothwyn's Trinity Episcopal Church last Sunday when the rector and vicar found themselves in a quandary. Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. was making his first parish visit in the Diocese of Pennsylvania since 2007, when he was suspended for ignoring his brother's sex abuse of a teen girl decades ago. Acquitted by a church appeals court over the summer, he was back in charge. Minutes before Bennison was to process into the sanctuary, the two priests lugged the oak bishop's chair across the chancel and placed it at the bottom of the altar steps.
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March 16, 2010 | By Eric Fine FOR THE INQUIRER
Holy Trinity Baptist Church, midwinter. On the 1800 block of Bainbridge Street, two blocks south of the former Graduate Hospital, Holy Trinity is taller than its rowhouse neighbors. Its 118-year-old facade is in good shape, although the wallpaper inside the sanctuary has started to peel. Sitting in a pew, jazz violinist John Blake Jr. pointed to a small loft above the pulpit. It was there that it all started for him, there that his mother, Carrie Blake, played organ for more than 20 years.
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January 31, 2010 | By Melanie Burney
"I will always be looking down and watching over you. " My niece Marissa Norwood whispered those prophetic words to me in one of our special late-night telephone conversations. Less than a month later, she was gone. Although she had tried to prepare my family and me, none of us were ready for that moment when 12-year-old Marissa slipped away quietly on a cold night six days before Christmas. While I mourn the loss of my only niece and her unfulfilled dreams, I celebrate the life of a little girl who tried to make a difference in the world and touched many lives with her "Legacy of Kindness" foundation.
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October 26, 2009 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With prayer and oratory, forgiveness and grace, a Methodist congregation separated by racism more than 200 years ago united yesterday for the first time for Sunday morning services. The schism occurred in the late 1780s or early 1790s - no one is sure - when African Americans who had been worshiping at St. George's Methodist Church on Fourth Street in Old City were thrown out by white congregants as they were on their knees praying in the balcony. The African Americans left and eventually formed the African Methodist Episcopal Church at Sixth and Lombard Streets, which later became a stop on the Underground Railroad and is now Mother Bethel A.M.E.
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