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The fundamental task of the evangelization of the culture is the challenge to make God visible in the human face of Jesus.
Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but about the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and decisive direction.
Therefore, let us pray to the Lord to enlighten us, so that, in our world, he will grant us the encounter with his presence, and thus give us a lively faith, an open heart, and great charity for all, capable of renewing the world.
--Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, various addresses
The heart of Lumen Civitatis' mission is to evangelize the culture by promoting the rich and life-giving teaching of the Catholic faith and encouraging the formation of the next generation of leaders, and by supporting initiatives that demonstrate and celebrate the beauty of Catholic culture in worship, the arts, and Christ-like lives. With Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we acknowledge that the experience of authentic beauty unlocks the yearning of the human heart, the profound desire to know, to love, to go towards the Other, to reach for the Beyond.
The experience of beauty, whether in the natural universe, in art, or in an encounter with a human person, helps to point us beyond ourselves, towards the transcendent source of all reality, towards the God who reveals himself in the human face of Jesus Christ. Transformed and renewed by the encounter with the person of Christ, we in turn will be able to offer that transforming and renewing love and the hope that it imparts.
Morning prayer and Mass of All Saints, Magnficat Day of Joy, including beautiful contributions by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Singers from the University of Memphis, the Diocesan Choir of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.
Magnificat Day concludes with a candle-lit, song-filled Eucharistic procession from the Cannon Center to Court Square, where Fr Robert Barron observes that participants are following in the footsteps of King David, who danced before the Ark of the Covenant in celebrating the presence of God as true Lord of the city. Bishop Terry Steib concludes with a Benediction.
Fr Peter John Cameron, OP's "Woman at the Well" as televised by EWTN
Exhibition of sculptures from Gib Singleton's renown "Via Dolorosa" at Magnificat Day