Front Row left to right: Ben Huber,
Sue Reiter, Nichole Knepper, Joanne Roche, Carmen Lappe, Jody
Schares, Kathy Berns, Mitchell Stover.
Middle Row: Laurie Thome, Laurie Busch, and Kathy Rath.
Back Row: Jack Eherenman, Jim Koch, Mike Blad, Jim Fineran, Dave
(Not pictured: Adrian Amjadi)
Lenten Lessons and Prayers:
A Musical Journey with Christ
Lessons and Prayers—A Musical Journey with Christ”
is a presentation of inspirational music and scripture which
depicts the life of Jesus with an emphasis on his passion and
The 80 minute
program was compiled by David Berns, a music minister at St.
Edward Parish. “A Musical Journey with Christ” premiered in 2010
and is now in its fifth season. While the “story” remains the
essentially the same as when it premiered, new musical
selections are added each year to give a refreshing new feel to
Lessons and Prayers—A Musical Journey with Christ is
performed by Agnus Dei Ministry, a group of area musicians from
Blessed Sacrament, Queen of Peace, Sacred Heart and St. Edward
parishes in Waterloo, St. Patrick and St. Stephen the Witness in
Cedar Falls, and Immaculate Conception Parish in Gilbertville.
It consists of various musical styles and composers, all chosen
to present the events of 2000 years ago in a dramatic and
memorable way and to bring listeners to a deeper appreciation of
Christ’s love expressed in his life, passion and death.
presentations are free and open to the public. It is the goal of
Agnus Dei Ministry that all who hear this story will experience
spiritual renewal and be inspired to renew their commitment to
love and serve others.
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Schedule of Performances
for the current schedule of performances.
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“A Musical Journey With Christ”
Comments from David Berns, director
of Lenten Lessons and Prayers:
"This 80-minute program will also be a time of praise and
prayer. The first part of our program sets the stage and gives a
summary of the events of Christ’s life leading up to the Last
Supper. The second part of our program is the story of the
passion. The third part is a time of prayer through music where
we are asking for guidance and nourishment on our spiritual
"I have always been drawn to music that touches the soul and
brings a person closer to Christ. In putting together this
presentation I picked music that is very powerful and
spiritually moving. The music and the artists that composed
these pieces have been an inspiration to me. All of the music
in this program is very reflective and spiritually uplifting."
"I see the musicians in this group as an instrument that can
lead others to praise God. We have a very talented group of
musicians who have worked hard and are very willing to share
their talent and faith with others. I think the message of
Christ’s love will be communicated not only through the music
but in the narration, choreography, and the reverent manner in
which it is delivered."
"I think anyone who comes to this program with an open heart and
mind will leave feeling very energized and spiritually renewed.
I also hope that “Musical Journey” will bring people from the
different parishes and community together. We may be many but we
are also one."
Find out more
about A Musical Journey with Christ here.
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Members of Agnus Dei Ministry
Dave Berns, Kathy Berns, Jim Koch, Carmen Lappe, Kathy Rath
Queen of Peace Parish, Waterloo
Mike Blad, Janet Blad
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Waterloo
Jack Eherenman, Jim Fineran
Sacred Heart Parish, Waterloo
Joanne Roche, Dave Roche
Patrick Parish, Cedar Falls
Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center
Immaculate Conception Parish, Gilbertville
Nichole Knepper, Sue Reiter, Jody Schares
Mitchell Stover, Laurie Thome
Agnus Dei Alumni
Andrea Berns, St. Edward;
Mariel Contreras, Queen of Peace; Nathaniel Gee, St. Edward;
Hannah Howland, St. Patrick; Mike Marlow, St. Edward; Jeanne
Marlow, St. Edward; Doug Moore, Blessed Sacrament;
Paula Moore, Blessed Sacrament; Emily Nelson, St. Edward; Jim
O'Connor, St. Edward; Chris Olds; St. Edward; Kathryn Pranger,
St. Edward; Alex Shockley, St. Patrick; Doug Staudt, St.
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History of Lenten Lessons and Prayers
Comments from Participants
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For more information contact:
David Berns, Agnus Dei Ministry
Phone: 319-234-8449 or 319-290-0064
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