Friday, May 12, 2006

Serving as Banner Bearer on Sunday

Sunday, May 14 @ 10:00 a.m. Service
The First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
600 Ninth Street
Wilmette, IL 60091

May 14, which is also Mother's Day, is Confirmation Sunday for this church. To the song, "Spirit," I will process in solo with a tall red ribbon banner embodying the Holy Spirit. The ribbons will echo the red liturgical stoles that the church will be presenting the confirmands as a confirmation of the Holy Spirit's presence in their lives. As each confirmand's name is called, I will sweep the ribbon banner over his or her head. Then, for the closing hymn, "Here I am," I will bring the banner over the confirmands heads during the refrain, "Here I am," and then I will lead them out.

I am very excited about how this service has developed. The ribbon banner and I dancing in alone to the song "Spirit" is powerful symbolism of the spirit entering the space. It is a quieter song: the spirit is entering gently. Then the spirit touching/blessing each of the confirmands as they are confirmed. Finally, the spirit leading the confirmands out as they sing "Here I am, Lord. . . I will go, Lord, if You lead me." Perfect.

I was rehearsing in the gym today and I decided that for the beginning verse of "Here I am," I'm going to hold the end of the banner pole at my feet, like a staff, and move the top of the pole so the ribbons blow a little. Then, when the refrain comes up, "Here I am," I will sweep the ribbons up high over the heads of the confirmands. A powerful contrast making for a greater recognition of the commitment that the confirmands have just made. I pray it will be very moving.

The video from 30 Good Minutes shows the ribbon banner I will be using.
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Saturday, May 06, 2006

October Wisconsin Retreat: Moving through the rosary

I am delighted to be offering a weekend retreat at Sinsinawa again this October, this time over the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary.

Moving through the rosary
Sinsinawa Mound Center in Southwest Wisconsin
Friday, Oct. 6, 2006 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 1:00 p.m.
Private Room Fee: $179  Commuter Fee: $124 (Scholarships available.)
Phone (608) 748-4411 E-mail

Come experience the relevance of traditional meditative prayer to your contemporary life journey. After grounding ourselves in scriptural reflection and faith-sharing, we will develop our own moving meditations to the natural rhythms of the spoken rosary. You do not need to know the rosary nor do you need dance experience. You do need the desire and willingness to move and pray. Rosaries will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes. If weather permits, some sessions may take place out doors.

Michele Marie Beaulieux (née White) is past president of the Lakeshore Chapter of the Sacred Dance Guild and the co-founder and moderator of an egroup about Catholic dance. She has danced at the Mound as part of the Dominican Institute of the Arts retreat and at the funeral Mass for her mother's cousin, Sr. Felicitas Farrell O.P., who continues to be an enthusiastic advocate of her dance.