December 21, 2013
After years of producing and distributing tens of thousands of Rosary CDs, I am creating a one-of-a-kind, unique-for-these-times musical Rosary CD set and song CD to reach a wider audience for an urgently needed Rosary revival. Gaze with Mary on Jesus is the fruit of a lifetime of preparation,beginning with my first “Ave” sung from the crib at 13 months!
Production is well under way, but I need financial assistance for its completion. I am setting up this blog with audio samples, regular updates and a simple, direct way to contribute . The donation button is located at the top right hand corner of this blog and the mailing address for checks is located below. My goal is to reach $10,000 in donations by the end of January. The release date for the CDs is set for the month of May.
Why a rosary CD set and accompanying song CD? 1. To get the message of the Gospel out to as many people as possible through the scriptural rosary, a prayer that focuses completely on the Word of God for a life-changing encounter with Christ in the mysteries of His life. 2. To fortify the Rosary CDs with an album of songs that reinforce its message, and incorporate elements of John Paul II’s theology and spirituality.
What makes these CDs one of a kind?1. The Rosary CDs bring the Word of God alive through dramatic narration of the scriptures by Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, with original musical accompaniments by Janis Clarke and first-class arrangements by Emmanuel Pitois. The song CD, comprising original songs by Janis Clarke with beautiful arrangements by Pitois expand the musical themes in the Rosary CDs and make the Gospel message accessible, leading to deeper intimacy with God.
Unique for these times? What distinguishes Christianity from every other religion is the good news that God entered our world and became one of us to save us. These days, this message is often watered down or compromised. It is sometimes communicated in a way that does not capture the imagination or reach the heart. This Rosary album and song CD do just that: 1. The beauty of the music draws the heart to prayer. 2. The scriptures and song lyrics feed the mind with the saving message of the Gospel and help equip Christians to share their faith as they grow in deeper intimacy with Jesus through His Word.
Why a Rosary CD set and Song CD? The two go together and complement each other. The song CD is easier to listen to and will attract many people who would not initially be drawn to the Rosary CDs. It is like a bridge to the Rosary CDs and a great tool for evangelization. The songs are imbued with the scriptures and point to Christ for a life-changing encounter with Him. They also incorporate JP II’s theology and spirituality to foster a culture of life, through Mary. The songs are catchy, easy to learn and sing along with. The Gospel message sinks deep into the heart as the songs play in one’s memory throughout the day. The Rosary CD set comprises a beautiful dramatization of the basic Gospel message for an encounter with the living God, which makes the heart want to sing for joy, a perfect bridge to the song CD!
Why $10,000? The cost of a good quality CD normally begins at $25,000. We are doing our best to produce three CDs (the Rosary set of two and the song CD) for under $30,000.
Considering making a donation? 1. Go to www.rosarymission.org for more information on the scope of this Rosary Mission. 2. Please pray a rosary for the success of this project and then decide how much to donate. 3. Please send me your email address so that I can send you updates. (send your email address to email@example.com until there is a direct button for this on the blog) For Canadian donations, please send a check to the address below.
Thank You!! Thank you for your prayers, and for whatever financial contribution the Lord inspires you to make. A Paypal button is available above (right) for online contributions. If you would like to send a check, please make it out to Janis Clarke and send it to Janis Clarke/20501 Goshen Road/Gaithersburg, MD, 20879.
More About the Rosary Album and Song CD:
The album cover was painted by my dear friend Diane Levy. In the icon Our Lady of Tenderness is gazing on Jesus. This theme is at the very heart of the Rosary CDs, inspired by John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the Rosary. John Paul II describes Mary gazing tenderly on the face of her Son at his birth, with adoration and wonder… a gaze that would never leave him. John Paul II invites us to gaze with Mary on Jesus in the mysteries of the rosary, for a life-changing encounter with Him and an ongoing, intimate relationship. Gazing with Mary on Jesus Rosary has been created to help facilitate this encounter with Christ through Mary, the mystical matchmaker.
The audio sample from the song “Gaze With Mary on Jesus” is composed in an upbeat and popular style to appeal to youth. Several of the choristers joining me in this song with Fr. Jean-Pierre Couturier sang with us at the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City. “Gaze With Mary on Jesus” will be included on the new song CD together with nine other songs ranging in style and mood, but united in the one purpose of drawing hearts to Jesus Christ.
Come and visit this blog for regular updates! Become a part of the team, and please pray for all those who, by God’s grace, are helped to encounter Christ in the mysteries of His life through this humble project!