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THE ROSARY FOR WORLD PEACE

Kathleen Quasey

THE ROSARY FOR WORLD PEACE (RWP) is an epic oratorio directed to uplift the souls of a new generation through a beautiful, fresh experience of neoclassical, sacred music, in four concert performances.

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A Portal to World Peace: At the dawn of this new millennium, there is an unprecedented need to advance the understanding of the Way of Peace throughout the world. To assist in extending this message to all of humankind is a breakthrough work: The Rosary for World Peace: An Oratorio in Four Acts (RWP).
 

New Sacred Music: A dramatic oratorio of humankind’s greatest story—the birth, life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ—The Rosary for World Peace catapults the medieval mystery play genre into the 21st century. The Rosary, a beaded prayer meditation that originated in the ancient monk’s Psalter, is the root of this new, interpretive work. Over 1800 Old and New Testament Scripture verses are integrated in a poetic, musical drama to be performed in four orchestral productions.

Global Appeal: The RWP offers a 21st century worldview in content and imaging. Promotional images juxtapose traditional Christian iconography, environmental, and space imaging to infer a broad, theological perspective of God's creation, spanning two millennia. Written primarily in English, the oratorio features recurring traditional prayers in Latin. In addition, twenty representative world languages, ranging from ancient biblical tongues to emerging global languages, are interspersed, giving the entire work a global resonance.

Four Concerts: The glorious saga is performed in four, approximately two-hour concerts that could unfold as a series over a period of several years, providing a sustained global message for peace. Each concert differs in theme and tonality: 

  • Act I:   The Joyful Mysteries 
  • Act II:  The Luminous Mysteries;
  • Act III: The Sorrowful Mysteries; and
  • Act IV: The Glorious Mysteries.

Each performance is supported by an orchestra and three choruses: Angels of God, Rebellious Angels, and the Community of Saints. Musically, Renaissance-inspired, neoclassical tones of sung Old Testament scriptural mini-dramas precede the spoken word of New Testament Scripture.

As the drama progresses, a host of biblical characters emerge, including God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary, Satan, the Apostles, Pilate, and the Heavenly and Rebellious Angels, among others. 

Theological Review and Support: The RWP libretto has been granted an Imprimatur by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Leading mariologists, Rev. Thomas Thompson and Rev. Bertrand Buby, S.M., International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton, also have reviewed the RWP and have accepted the libretto as part of the Marian Library collection.

We are deeply grateful for the blessings of His Holiness Pope Francis; His Eminence Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, President, Pontifical Council for Culture; Rev. Louis-Marie Ariño-Durand, Promoter Generalis pro Rosario, Order of Preachers; Mr. Michael Warsaw, Chairman, EWTN, and other leading individuals and organizations.

RWP Libretto: The RWP libretto is available by ordering through local bookstores and on-line:

www.amazon.com
www.barnesandnoble.com
http://bookstore.xlibris.com

 

RWP Patrons: Individuals and organizations can become a patron of one musical element, a portion of a movement, a whole movement, or an entire performance. Original music will be composed and orchestrated. Once this development phase is complete, the work will be recorded and performed.

Patrons will be invited to attend the recording sessions and the performances to witness the music coming to life. As elements are created, they will be used to promote awareness of the RWP and the world premiere. Tax-deductible donations are accepted by the New York Foundation of the Arts. If you are interested in becoming a Patron, please contact us.

 

World Premiere: Our current goal is to develop, produce, and premiere the RWP Act I: The Joyful Mysteries. This includes the following elements:

  • Original Composition and Orchestration
  • Recording, Packaging, and Distribution of a CD/DVD
  • World Premiere and Broadcast

 

RWP Production Options: Production options include recording in studio with a 60-piece orchestra and 16-voice choir; live performances with a small orchestra and mid-size choir; or live performances with a full orchestra and choir.

 

Setting: The RWP Act I: The Joyful Mysteries unfolds the drama of the early years of Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary, from the time of Mary's miraculous conception of Jesus to when he was about twelve-years of age and discovered teaching in the Temple of Jerusalem.

 

Prelude, Five Movements, and Postlude: The RWP Act I: The Joyful Mysteries is comprised of the following:

 

Prelude: The prelude includes polyphonic arrangements of the Symbolum Apostolorum (Apostles' Creed), the Oratio Dominica (Lord's Prayer), Ave Maria (Hail Mary), the Doxologia Minor (Lesser Doxology), a Sanctus (Holy), and sung Hebrew Scripture that introduces God The Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit, interspersed with the Angels of God chorus responses.

The traditional Rosary prayers will be sung in Latin, by choirs representing the Angels of God and the Community of Saints. Integrated in the work is a third choir, the Rebellious Angels. This approximately 2- hour performance includes 18 arias, 6 duets, 4 trios, 1 quintet, and 19 choruses.

 

Movements: A precept of Christianity is that the Hebrew Scriptures prefigure the New Testament Scriptures. In the RWP Act I, New Testament characters will sing Hebrew Scripture mini-dramas, to prefigure each of the five movements (decades.)

Each movement includes a sung Hebrew Scripture mini-drama, followed by the Angels of God chorus singing the Our Father prayer followed by ten spoken narrative New Testament Scripture verses. Each Scripture verse is followed by the first part of the Ave Maria prayer in a representative world language, with the second part of the prayer sung by the Community of Saints chorus. This traditional sequence is concluded with the Glory Be, sung by the Angels of God. The template of sung Hebrew Scripture mini-dramas, spoken New Testament Scriptures, and Ave Maria prayers will repeat in all five movements.

 

Following is a list of the elements of the RWP Act I: The Joyful Mysteries.

 

Movements 1- 5

Traditional Prayers

Symbolum Apostolorum (Apostles' Creed )

Oratio Dominica (Lord's Prayer)

Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

Doxologia Minor (Lesser Doxology)

 

Additional Prayers

Sanctus (Holy)

Litanae ad Pacem (Litany for Peace)

 

 Movement 1: The First Joyful Mystery

The Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary

 

Arias:

I have Not Forsaken Them

Light is Risen to the Just

I Will Espouse Thee to Me

I have Found Grace in Thy Eyes

 

Duets:

The Way of The Lord We have Not Known

My Tabernacle Shall be with Them

 

Choruses:

The Hope of the Wicked is as Dust

Thy Kingdom is a Kingdom for All Ages

Let Thy Name Remain and Be Magnified Forever

 

 

Movement 2: The Second Joyful Mystery

The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

 

Arias:

Sing Praise and Rejoice

Let Israel Rejoice in Him

Bless The Lord, O My Soul

 

Duets:

O Magnify The Lord with me

 

Choruses:

He Cometh to Judge the Earth

The Lord will Sit King Forever

 

 

Movement 3: The Third Joyful Mystery:

The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

 

Arias:

Give Praise O Daughter Sion

Let Thy Father and Mother be Joyful

Every Knee Shall be Bowed to Me

 

Duets:

Arise O Jerusalem

The Stars have given Light in their Watches

 

Trio:

He Shone as the Morning Star

 

Quintet:

A Child is Born to Us

 

Choruses:

Holy, Holy, Holy

O Ye Angels of The Lord

 

 

Movement 4: The Fourth Joyful Mystery:

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

 

Arias:

He Shall Speak Peace

We have Received Thy Mercy, O God

Every Knee shall be Bowed to Me

 

Duets:

This is Our God

 

Choruses:

All Nations will Serve Him

Is He Amongst Us?

Let Him Make Haste

 

Movement 5: The Fifth Joyful Mystery:

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

 

Arias:

The Lord Will Not Cause Thy Teacher to Fly Away

In the Churches I will Bless Thee, O God

The Heavens shall Confess Thy Wonders

These Things Please Me

Blessed is the Man who Heareth Me

I Saw in a Dream

 

Trios:

I Am The Lord

Thou Art Mighty O Lord

I will Dwell in the Midst of Thee

 

Choruses:

The Heavens shall Confess Thy Wonders O Lord

He Will Teach us His Ways

I will Not Serve

They that Love Him



RWP Libretto Samples: Following are samples from the entire RWP oratorio: 


Act I: The Joyful Mysteries - The Annunciation

Aria - God the Father

I will espouse thee to Me For Ever:
   
I will espouse thee to Me in Justice,
and Judgment,
and in Mercy,
and in Commiserations.
I will espouse thee to Me in Faith:
and thou shalt know
that I Am the Lord.

I will espouse thee to Me For Ever.
(Osee 2:19–20)  



Act I: The Joyful Mysteries - The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

Duet - Mary and Joseph

The Stars have given Light
in their watches,
and rejoiced.
(Bar 3:34)
O ye Stars of Heaven,
bless the Lord:
Praise and Exalt Him
Above All For Ever.
(Dan 3:63)



Act II: The Luminous Mysteries - The Wedding of Cana

Duet - Bride and Bridegroom 

O how hast Thou Multiplied 
Thy Mercy, O God! 
(Ps 35:8) 
Thou hast Multiplied
Thy Wonderful Works,
O Lord my God: 
in Thy Thoughts there is
No One like to Thee. 
(Ps 39:6) 

Let the Just
Feast and Rejoice before God 
and be Delighted with Gladness. 
(Ps 67:4) 

O how hast Thou
Multiplied Thy Mercy,
O God! 
(Ps 35:8)



Act II: The Luminous Mysteries - Epilogue

Recitativo - Jesus

Let Peace Come.
(Isa 57:2)
I Am thy Salvation,
(Ps 34:3)
The Sacrifice of Peace.
(Lev 3:6)

I Am With Thee To Save Thee:
(Jer 15:20)
I will pay My Vows:
(Ps 21:26)
A Voluntary Holocaust,
A Voluntary Peace Offering to The Lord.
(Ex. 46:12)

Let Peace Come.
(Isa 57:2)
I Am thy Salvation,
(Ps 34:3)
The Sacrifice of Peace.



Act III: The Sorrowful Mysteries - The Agony in the Garden

Aria - Apostle Peter

Alas, alas, alas, O Lord God
hast Thou then deceived
This People and Jerusalem saying:
You shall have Peace:
And behold The Sword reacheth
even to the Soul.
(Jer 4:10)



Act III: The Sorrowful Mysteries - The Crucifixion

Recitativo - Apostle Judas

I shall not be.
(Job 7:21)

What is a Man that Thou shalt Magnify him?
Why dost Thou set Thy Heart upon him?
( Job 7:17)
I will talk with the Bitterness of my Soul.
(Job. 7:11)
 
I shall not be.
(Job 7:21)

I should have been as if I had not been,
carried from Womb to Grave.
(Job 10:19)
I have done with Hope.
I shall live No Longer.
(Job. 7:16)
Behold now I shall sleep in the Dust:
If Thou seek me in the Morning,
I shall not be.
(Job 7:21)



Act IV: The Glorious Mysteries - The Resurrection

Aria - Nicodemus

In What Place soever
Thou Shalt Be,
my Lord, O King,
either in Death,
or in Life,
There will Thy Servant be.
(2 Kgs 15:21)

God, hath anointed Thee
with the Oil of Gladness
above thy Fellows.
Myrrh and Stacte and Cassia
perfume Thy Garments.
(Ps 44:8–9)

In What Place soever 
Thou Shalt Be, 
my Lord, O King, 
either in Death, 
or in Life, 
There will Thy Servant be. 
(2 Kgs 15:21)