Hanukkah song dropped for Catholic school concert

A Hanukkah song was dropped from a concert at a Roman Catholic school just a day before the show after an official said the season's focus should be on the birth of Jesus.
AP Wire
Dec 19, 2012

As a result, two music instructors who had been working with students declined to participate in the concert Tuesday night at Interlochen Arts Academy.

A traditional Jewish song, "Festival of Lights," was on the program for a concert by students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School in Traverse City. The kids have been under the instruction of chorale director Jamie Geurkink and band director Cress Smith, under an agreement that puts public school teachers in Catholic schools.

Mike Buell, superintendent of Traverse City-area Catholic schools, scratched the Hanukkah song Monday and said students would have new leaders at the concert.

"I don't have a problem with Jewish music," Buell said. "But this is a Christmas festival, and that's what we've traditionally done. It's a Christ-focused time of our Advent season."

Comments

Zegota

I strongly believe that todays liberal media attacks against once respected and treasured American Values, which are mostly related and directed to our strong Western religious beliefs and faiths that help built our nation and freedom. That the removal of playing a Hanukkah song is just another slap in the face for Israel and is in the wrong direction by a once strong and respected Christian nation.
We should remember that Jesus was a Jew and today our nation is only second to Israel with a larger Jewish population then any other country. There is so much more I would like too add however, "His promises are true" and cannot be broken or prevented, so "His Will, will be done."
God Bless the Constitution.

ancient1

The last time I checked the new Testament, Jesus was an observing JEW! He was never a Christian or a Catholic for that matter! He would have observed Hanukkah...Advent is about waiting for Jesus. This is jusyt an act of stupidity!

deuce liti

First, christmas has nothing to do with Jesus. It is the Roman Pagan celebration called Saturnalia, in honor of Saturn, god of agrculture, and the combined festivals of two sun gods, the Roman Sol and the persian Mithra. Both birthdays were celebrated on dec 25 the winter solstice according to the Julian calendar. All this is per The Christmas Encyclopedia. Those pagan festivals began to be "christainized" in the year 350, when Pope Julius 1 DECLARED december 25 to be christ's birthday.
Solar imagery came increasingly to be used to PORTRAY the risen christ (who was called Sol Invictus), and the old solar disk became the halo of christain saints. - The Encyclopedia of Religion.
The pagan Rome adopted christianty into was is now called The Roman Catholic Church. They claim to be christain yet celebrate pagan festivals under the disguise of pseudo-christianity.
For instance they "bless the troops" and support war, yet any person claiming to follow christ would know that in Mathew 5:44 Jesus says to pray for your enemy and those persecuting you. Not to menton the commandment not to kill was written by God himself.
Also, in Mathew 6:8 or 9 he says STOP saying the SAME THINGS over and over again just as the world does... And yet they are told to repeat Hail Marys and Our fathers. Again directly going AGAINST the very person they claim to follow.

And they are worried about Hanukkah.

Franciscan

Or not.

Christmas:

http://pblosser.blogspot.com/200...

The Rosary:

http://www.scborromeo.org/glad/g...

Q. Why do we repeat prayers when in the Bible it says not to be repetitive?
Q. Isn't it a sin to repeat the same memorized prayers such as the Hail Mary and the Rosary?
The verse being referred to here is Matthew 6:7:
"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens do: for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking." (KJV)
To best understand what is being said here, we must first determine what is meant by "vain." The dictionary says that vain means fruitless, worthless, conceited, or irreverent. The Hail Mary and the Rosary are none of these; we are praying for God's mercy now, since we acknowledge that we are sinners; and at the time of our death, when we will be most in need of God's mercy. How did the heathens pray? Their gods had many different names and the pagans weren't certain to which name their gods were responding on any given day, so they recited a litany of all the names to be sure that they got their god's attention--this is vain repetition. God hears us every time we pray.
To fully understand the context of Matthew 6:7, we must look at Matthew 6:5:
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men." (NIV)
Jesus was talking about those who pray in a manner designed to draw attention to themselves, not about sincere people who engage in repetitive prayer.
In the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8) Jesus told His disciples that they should always pray and not give up. We all repeat our prayers, sometimes a few seconds apart, and sometimes weeks apart. There is nothing in Holy Scripture that says we should change our words or thoughts each time we pray. In the parable, the persistent widow was praised by Jesus for her dogged repetition of her prayer requests. God in heaven is continually praised with the repetition of words, as we see by the following:
"Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.'" (Revelation 4:8, NIV)
Finally, Jesus Himself repeated the same prayer three times during His agony in the garden (Matthew 26:39, 42, 44) when He asked that the cup pass from Him. There is a big difference between vain repetition and sincere repetition of prayer.

Be

Sheer ignorance on display. If we would focus on blessing others and including the many rich traditions instead of pushing narrow minded ignorant opinions, we would all be better served. The light lives inside each one of us regardless of whether we follow a set of ideas or not. Celebrating that is what is important.

deuce liti

Well I personally care about what God thinks because that is more important than traditions.
In fact Jesus said in Mark 7:13 "your traditions invalidate the word of God."

As a Christain I feel that God's standards are more important than what the world thinks.

In fact 1 John 2:4 states: He that says: “I have come to know him,” and yet is not observing his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in this [person].

But more related to the "I do what makes me feel good and God is ok with that (which means YOU are speaking for God) because I said so" remark in going along with the world and it's traditions:

1 John 2:Do not be loving either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him;16because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.17Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever.

I would not consider this to be "ignorant comments" by the way.

Be

You fail to make a point in your display of cut and paste.

Agellius

If Catholic schools should sing Hannukah songs at Christmas concerts ... then should Jewish schools sing "Silent Night" at their Hannukah concerts?

Franciscan

I agree that followers of any religion shouldn't feel forced to celebrate the festivals/holy days of another. But Judaism is a bit different for a Christian. Christians are adopted Israelites - grafted on to the Olive Tree Israel through faith (see Romans 11). Therefore, there is every reason a Christian should be interested in Hanukkah because it is part of "our" history through adoption. But for a Rabbinic Jew (a Jew who does not accept Jesus Christ as Y'shua ha Mashiac), it would make no sense to sing Silent Night.

Agellius

Fair enough. Still, it wasn't a Hannukah concert, it was a Christmas concert. It would have been no more appropriate to sing Hannukah songs than to sing Easter songs.

sirhansalot

The jews killed Jesus.From the stories in the book people read he was put up before the Romans by the Pharisees, a Jewish sect, as basically a rabble rouser, a community organizer who, if his plans would come to fruition in the Pharisees eyes, cause unrest for the Romans.

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