Musing on Music: Reflections on the Hymns of Advent and Christmas, A Four-Part Virtual Event, December 4 – Fr. Richard Fragomeni on “O Come, Divine Messiah”

December 4, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, together with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, present

Musing on Music: Reflections on the Hymns of Advent and Christmas, A Four-Part Virtual Event

Amid the isolation of a lingering pandemic arises an opportunity for a sacred time to meditate on the promise of Emmanuel, “God with us.” Journey with us, virtually, as we explore four classical hymns of Advent and Christmas, creatively interpreted in the writing of Fr. Richard Fragomeni.

Each week a different presenter will focus on a different hymn, with the opportunity for reflection and small group discussion.

Together let us seize the opportunity to awaken from our slumber and with eyes of faith see in the darkness around us the birthplace of the Light, the Christ, to whom all the music of the heavens is eternally directed.

December 4Fr. Richard Fragomeni on “O Come, Divine Messiah”

Fr. Richard Fragomeni, PhD is a nationally acclaimed speaker, author, retreat master and teacher; Professor of Liturgy and Preaching, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Adjunct faculty, Department of Religious Studies, De Paul University.


December 11Julie Berggren on “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Julie Berggren, MA, is a spiritual director, chaplain, and retreat leader.



December 18Br. Antony Julius on “Like the Dawning of the Morning”

Br. Antony Julius Milton joined the Franciscan Capuchin Province of Tamil Nadu, India in 2010. Recently ordained a deacon, he is currently at CTU studying for his M.Div. and M.A. in Theology while ministering at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii.


January 8Catharine M. Lentz on “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Catharine M. Lentz, JD, MA is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Darien, IL. She has a Masters in Liturgical Studies from Catholic Theological Union and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.

Join us on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for as many of the sessions as you would like. Each is independent of the others. Register any time between now and the last presentation in January. There will be one link for all four sessions sent when you register, and a reminder with the link sent the day before each session.

Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas by Fr. Richard N. Fragomeni, PhD, the book from which our pilgrimage draws its inspiration, will be available for you to pick up at either The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Darien for a $5 suggested freewill donation. You may also purchase it by clicking here. (You will be redirected to Give Central, where you may place a credit card order.  After the Shrine receives your order and payment the program book(s) will be mailed to you).  Please allow enough time to place the order and receive them via the Post Office.

Daybreaks is a prayerful resource that can be used for each and every Advent and Christmas season but it is not required to participate in this virtual event.

Please click here to register (you may register for any single date, various multiple dates, or all dates).

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Carl Wachsmann at or 312-421-3757 ext. 315 or Cathy Lentz at or 630-852-3303, ext. 5.

Freewill donations will be gratefully received.