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Monday, April 1, 2013

Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Sunday Flash Solo…

Andrea Bocelli
I'm sure most people today know what a flash mob is.  If you don't, it's when a group of people, usually professional, university or amateur performers, coordinate a dance or song routine and perform it unexpectedly in the middle of a public place, like a mall, park or  street. 

But, have you heard about a flash opera solo?  How about one performed in a church?

That's what thousands of Easter Sunday Mass goers at the 11am service at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Miami Beach were treated to.

But, this was no regular church soloist.  It was internally known opera tenor, Andrea Bocelli, who has sold over 80 million albums and performed for Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and unbeknownst to the congregants, got up and belted his well known version of Panis Angelicum, the powerful part of a hym drafted by 13th Century Dominican priest and Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, during Holy Communion.

So, as the faithful of the standing room-only Mass got up to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, they heard the angelic voice of the blind superstar singing in the background.

According to the Archdiocese of Miami, the 54-year-old Italian classical singer, who is a staunch pro-life advocate, and often credits God for his great gift, approached the priest before Mass and asked permission to get up and sing and afterwards, he got a round of applause.

And to think, I got excited when I saw Jon Secada at our parish carnival last year (and he didn't even sing!)...

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