churches of Brno
Velikonoční festival duchovní hudby (Easter Festival of Sacred Music)
The theme of the 28th season of this Festival is “ceremony”. It offers an exceptional musical experience taking place in the churches of Brno as well as impressive concerts by candlelight called dark hours. The highlight of this year’s Festival is the world premiere of a piece by Toivo Tulev from Estonia composed directly for the Festival.
The garden as an enclosed space, a refuge at times of anxiety.
The garden of Gethsemane, where Christ went to pray, was located at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Perhaps this is why, in the Moravian folk tradition, it is the olive tree – a rare and exotic tree that would not survive in Moravia’s frosts – that became the chosen wood of the Cross.
Alongside beeswax, olive oil is the most precious oblation, which fed the eternal light of sanctuary lamps, but it is also the oil used for anointing (the name Christ/Messiah means the anointed one). When the waters of the Flood receded, the dove brought an olive leaf back to Noah’s Ark.
The olive as a symbol of redemption
During Holy Week, the flower patterns are woven into the joyous Masses composed in medieval Italy and into the works of Jan Dismas Zelenka, a musical master of the baroque era. The resurrected Christ, whom Mary Magdalene at first mistakes for a gardener, reminds us of the garden of Gethsemane. The emblem of the garden might merge with the idea of an island. But if it ceases to be a refuge, it might become, rather, the biblical vineyard, chosen by the Lord, which turned against Him.