Sing Out With Joy! A Christmas Concert

Featuring the award-winning music of Swami Kriyananda

An orchestrated spiritual experience for you.

This is not just a concert—this is an experience designed for you to feel the tangible presence of joy, peace, and love. The unique Ananda Choir specializes in conveying high states of consciousness through music. Every singer is an experienced meditator, trained to convey their genuine meditative experiences through the highest musical expression. The concert will take place at the Ananda Temple, powerfully infused with nearly 30 years of meditation.

Start your holiday with good cheer and beautiful music. And be sure to stay for the special Christmas Cookie Satsang immediately following the concert.

Christmas Concert at the Portland Grotto

The Ananda Joy Choir will perform a Christmas concert during the Festival of Lights at the Grotto in NE Portland. The Festival is a highlight of the holy season of Christmas for many in Portland and throughout the Northwest. Admission to the festival includes all the performances during your visit. We encourage you to come early and enjoy the sights and offerings of the Grotto and end your evening with the Ananda Choir.  Our performance will be at 7:30 pm.   More information about the Grotto and the Festival of Lights

From the Grotto’s website: Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme “Angels on High” reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics. Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live animal petting zoo.

Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto’s Christian Gift and Book Store. A magnificent display of nativity sets from around the world is on display for viewing and individual sets are available for purchase in the Grotto’s Visitor Complex.

Stepping Into the Presence of Christ

The Oratorio Brings Great Blessings

When you bring together 40 singing meditators to perform Christ Lives: an Oratorio, magic is sure to happen.

Perhaps it’s because these extraordinary singers have not only spent months fine tuning their voices and the notes, they have also dedicated decades to attuning their souls to the living presence of Christ within through daily meditation.

We have honed the external musical experience of melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, and blend. When you hear all of these working in perfect synchrony, it becomes a magical experience in itself.

But what sets our Ananda choir apart is our focus on the internal musical experience. We consciously invite the living presence of Christ into our hearts and souls through every song we sing.

Most importantly, we use the silence after each piece to dive deeply into any genuine presence awakening and responding within us, like the resonating strings of a piano. We focus on receptivity and absorption, and then infuse our own genuine response into our voices. Consciousness is conveyed through sound–make no doubt about it.

The Oratorio Is Not Only for Yogis

This internal musical experience is not something only yogis tune into. In fact, we all do!

How often do you hear:

“That really moved me”
“I was deeply touched”
“That really resonates with me”
“I’m in tune with that”
“That struck a deep chord in me”

We are talking about an inner experience that we don’t know how to quantify, but we know it when it comes.

As we were rehearsing the other week, a gentleman new to Ananda came and observed. He was deeply impressed by what he experienced. “You turned a practice into a prayer.”

So when you come to hear us on Saturday, April 1 (no foolin!), you won’t be just hearing well-tuned notes. You will experience a living prayer and a living meditation. Join us as we call to the presence of Christ, and as we feel for His response in the silence.

Performing is the Northwest Ananda Choir, made up of our Ananda Portland Choir joined by a dozen singers from our Ananda Seattle choir, who have also felt this presence of Christ awaken in them through this masterpiece.

Come. Open your hearts. Receive, absorb, and transform your consciousness through the magic of this music, the magic of this choir.

Details

This masterwork by Swami Kriyananda features selections for choir, solo voices, keyboard, flute, strings, and small ensemble. Run time approx. 90 minutes. Ananda Portland Temple, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7pm.

What Child Is This?

This Is Christ the King!

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
(Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1865. Music: “Greensleeves” 16th Century English melody Arranged by Sir John Stainer)

Christmas music comes in all flavors. There is joyful. Majestic. Peaceful. Blissful. Elevating. There is something for everyone.

It is a time when praising God, Jesus, the birth of the Christ, is all part of the norm. I wonder what this world would be like if we did this as part of our daily life.

Imagine a world were everyday was Christmas. Where we opened our hearts to the miracle of Jesus’s birth. We acknowledged each other with thoughtfulness and kindness. We offered our services, like Magi bringing the gifts to the Christ child.

Everyday could be surrounded with peace. Bliss. Joy.

This time of year all your buttons are guaranteed to be pushed. Amazing right! Waiting in traffic. Long lines. Last one in stock. Wrong color. Too big. Too small. Wrong style. Weird hours.

We are given choices during times like these to react or not to (control the reactive process–Nayaswami Maria Warner).

To see the beauty all around us in smiling faces, twinkle lights and beautiful, thoughtful decorations. Feel the peace by sitting in meditative stillness, while gazing at the creche. Have a laugh by wearing that Santa or Elf hat and hand out cookies at work, or hand cut stars.

I wanted to share the link the our Ananda Portland YouTube channel of the Ananda Choir Christmas Concert. Enjoy!