Last Wednesday, an unassuming American drew hundreds of young people to contemplate the face of Christ. After Holy Mass in the University of Notre Dame’s Drill Hall, celebrated by Bishop Don Sproxton, Steve Angrisano – a guest artist from the United States – led participants in a journey from inward-looking self contemplation to outward-looking, Christ focused contemplation.
Bishop Don’s homily deepened the historical understanding of the Solemnity of the Assumption, clearly outlining how this Marian devotion deepens our relationship with Jesus Christ. The statue of Our Lady, which was borrowed from a generous family of the Archdiocese, for the occasion served as a reference point throughout the night.
Between Holy Mass and Steve Angrisano’s time, participants were given the opportunity to experience some local talent: the dancers of The Assumption Crew wowed the audience after an engaging performance by upcoming band, SeaKeeper; both groups exciting the crowds in preparation for the Headline event.
Building on the Bishop’s account of St John and St Luke’s care for Our Blessed Mother, Steve Angrisano outlined the importance of seeing Christ in others with song and story. His relational style and ability connect with each member of the audience served both as a tool for, and example of contemplating the face of Christ in the face of those whom one meets.
The night culminated in an explanation of the Year of Grace by Bishop Sproxton, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.