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The Gate is Open

Cover art: "The Forgotten Cemetery"
by Julius Klever

A winter meditation on the "star" — that mysterious presence that lies beyond fear and hopelessness
Commissioned by South Bend Chamber Singers / Reimagined for South Metro Chorale
Poet/Lyricist: 
Sister Peronne Marie Thibert

A haunting and contemplative winter song offering 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...

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Commissioned and premiered in 2010 by South Bend Chamber Singers / Nancy Menk (Notre Dame, IN)

Reimagined version commissioned and premiered by South Metro Choral / Mark Bilyeu (Eagan, MN)

 

 

 

 

 

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