A Place To Sing

by Melodius Monk    

It is a singer’s challenge and privilege to make a piece of music “sing” today; to let it live and speak to our hearts, and hopefully those listening, in a unique way for each time it is sung. In the news over the weekend, there were reports of missiles being launched into the city of Jerusalem. Having this in mind made it easier to find inspiration for the text of Leo Sowerby’s setting of Psalm 122. As I sang the melody to the words “O pray for the peace of Jerusalem”, I was thinking of those Israelis fighting to defend their city, and there was a physical place to send the next words of the psalmist, “peace be with-in thy walls, and plenteous-ness with-in thy palaces”. May these sung prayers unite together with many others across the world, and bring peace to this part of the world.


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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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