June 26: Tours – Dalmatian Coast 2011, Stabat Mater

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The Allan Petker Chorale’s second tour was to the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia and Slovenia.  Most of the tour was during a heat wave and became known as the “Gelato Tour.”  Today’s video comes from Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Quiz of the Day
Can you name the cities of the tour?
(Answer below)

The video begins with the church bells of the Ljubljana Cathedral, which is featured throughout.  It has massive bronze sculptured doors, as described in Wikipedia, “The entrances have bronze sculptured doors from 1996, created at the 1250s anniversary of Christianity in the Slovenian territory and the visit of Pope John Paul II. The front door, now named the Slovene Door, bears a relief by Tone Demšar [sl] with a depiction of Slovene history to commemorate the 1250th anniversary of Christianity in Slovenia. The side door, now named the Ljubljana Door, was redesigned by Mirsad Begić [sl], who decorated them with portraits of the 20th-century bishops of Ljubljana.”

We are singing Kevin Memley’s “Stabat Mater” as a part of Mass at the nearby Saint Jakob’s Church.

Stabat Mater dolorosa juxta crucem lacrimosa, dum pendebat Filius. Cuius animam gementem, contristatam et dolentem pertransivit gladius. Vidit suum dulcem Natum moriendo desolatum, dum emisit spiritum.

The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her Son was hanging. Through her weeping soul, compassionate and grieving, a sword passed. She saw her sweet offspring dying, forsaken, while He gave up his spirit.

Answer: The tour included Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice National Park, and Zagreb Croatia. Then on to Ljubljana and Bled Slovenia. Afterwards a small group of us continued on to Venice, Italy.