Behind The Sound

Did you ever wonder what makes a pipe organ sound?  In some ways its much more simple then you may think — it is just air moving through pipes!   Last week Br. Luke needed help moving a large air duct to make space for the installation of a new division.  So 10 of us brothers carefully climbed down the narrow south-side organ chamber and raised a large piece of metal duct work. This pipe runs at least 150 ft down and underneath the church, and provides the air power for thousands of pipes to sound.  Much of the organ is very intricate and put together in a very specialized way, but you can’t take away the basic ingredient, or no sound is created.  It’s a bit like us. If we lose our breath, no matter how carefully the rest of the instrument is constructed, or how hard we might try, we can’t do much without God’s breath running through us! 

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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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