Experiencing the Transcendent. “Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen (Glen)

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Transcendent [tran-sen-dun nt]

  1. going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing; exceeding.
  2. superior or supreme.

It’s amazing how some things have the power to transcend language and cultural barriers. Julie and I experienced that this week.

For those of you that have followed our blog, you’ll note that we’ve written about the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral several times.  This beautiful, gothic cathedral is very close to where we live and we walk by it every time we walk into the city.  We often pop in for a few minutes to quietly sit and enjoy the incredible architecture, which draws the eye forward and up.


On one such impromptu visit, we noticed a brochure announcing an upcoming concert.

Mozart’s Requiem, and his Symphony No. 38 (Praga).

We couldn’t resist and bought two tickets.

We attended the concert on Wednesday, and as you can imagine, we were not disappointed.


IMG_3873Julie loves to sing and she joined Trinity Lutheran Seminary Choir in Bexley in 2015.  The choir performed the Mozart Requiem. As you can imagine, having participated in singing this work, Julie had a special appreciation for the music.

Here’s a picture of Julie with the Trinity Seminary Choir Director, May Schwarz. May is a delightful and incredibly talented woman!

Though the requiem is sung in Latin, and even though neither Julie or I  know all of the intricacies that distinguish Catalan gothic architecture from other gothic architecture, we were moved by the power of the music and the beauty of the place.

It’s a great marvel how music, art, and architecture have the power to transcend our language and abilities.  It reminded us of a good friend, Jim Calhoun, who shared a similar experience he had when he visited St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and happened upon an orchestra rehearsing for a performance.

Hope you enjoy the pics and a brief video of the concert.


  1. James Calhoun says

    Blessings on you for sharing those beautiful and moving thoughts Glen and Julie ! Praying your continued journey will be equally rewarding.
    Jim C.


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