Evergreen by Andrea Granieri

My friends and fellow parishioners:

With Advent upon us, I have been meditating upon the phrase “Keep Christ in Christmas.” I have pondered, especially in the wake of such division in our country, and such troubles in our Church, how I might keep the Light of God burning inside me, when the shortest days of the year and abounding darkness seem to mirror so much of what is happening in the world? 

It occurred to me that one of the best ways I might keep Christ in Christmas, is to first and foremost, to keep Christ in my heart, not only when I come to mass, but in every moment of my day, and in every interaction I have with another human being. Sometimes that spark feels most aflame when I am simply listening to someone who thinks or believes differently than I do, or when validating someone who feels forgotten, or when they are in turn doing the same for me. However, I have also found that I can flame the fire of Christ through music. 

I believe that music transcends language and thought – bypassing our brains, and directly touching the soul. There is a reason that we listen to the timeless Christmas carols of our faith; they fill our homes and lift our hearts in hopeful anticipation for the Light of the world to come. When I sing the opening hymn on the first Sunday of Advent, my heart is immediately brighter. 

And so it was with this in mind, that I made the decision to enter the studio and record a Christmas album of sacred music this year.  The album is called “Evergreen” which is the title of an original Christmas song that I wrote for the record. The song beckons us to keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts every day of the year, and to remember that God is love, and love (as we all know)… is patient, kind, endures all things…and hopes all things. 

The album will be available for purchase after masses throughout the holiday season. You can also purchase a CD online at https://catch-the-joybug.com/evergreen

I hope this record will help in some small way to keep the flame of Christmas burning in your homes and in your hearts, the way that all of you do for me every Sunday, by giving me the gift of a congregation to guide in song. It’s been a tremendous privilege to be able to be a part of the mass experience here at St. Maximillian Kolbe parish for the last 5 years. Truly you have done more for me and for my spiritual journey than I can every really express, and for that I am eternally grateful.  

Merry Christmas,

Andrea Granieri