Every time I’m in Montreal I spend some time in the Notre-Dame Bascilica. This is one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring sanctuaries I have ever seen. It also has a Casavant Frères pipe organ, dated 1891, which comprises four keyboards, 92 stops using electropneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board. This pictorial tour of the Notre-Dame Bascilica of Montreal, is accompanied by my recording of David Maddux’s arrangement of Joyful Joyful recorded at St. John Episcopal Church of Tulsa with Vicki Smith on the organ.
On Memorial Day we stop and remember those of our fellow citizens who have died fighting to defend our country and values. On Memorial Day we remember and applaud friends, family members and community members who chose to fight, and sacrificed themselves with what President Abraham Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion” in his speech at the battlefield of Gettysburg in 1863.
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address