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Hello Lexington AGO!

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer. We usually place the Dean's message from the newsletter in this spot, but the newletter is not published over the summer. Nonetheless, please stay on our site for awhile and check out some of the upcoming events. The executive committe is working hard on an exciting program for the upcoming season. The pictures below are from our most recent outing, a trip to The Abbey of Gethsemani (courtesy of Jane Johnson and Mark DeAlba).


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Our trip to the Abbey

Courtesy Jane Johnson and Mark DeAlba

Music at the Abbey

Text from the May newsletter

No, not Downton, but Kentucky's own Gethsemani! Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship, music, and contemplation on May 17 at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY, where monks have lived, worked and prayed for over 150 years.

You may be familiar with their cheese, fruitcake, and the writings of the notable Thomas Merton, but praying the Liturgy of the Hours is at the heart of religious life at the Abbey. Singing through the 150 psalms according to a 2-week cycle forms the backbone of their 7 daily prayer services, and our chapter will have the opportunity to participate in one of them.

We will begin our excursion with lunch in Bardstown at Talbott Tavern at 11:15, including the Installation of Officers led by our chapter chaplain, Larry Sivis. From there, we proceed to the Abbey, where Br. Luke will show and invite us to play the church's LeTourneau organ, followed by the 2:15 service of None, approximately 15 minutes long and open to the public. Next, we adjourn to the choir room for an introduction to the choral works of Gethsemani composer Fr. Chrysogonus Waddell. Br. Luke will share some of Waddell's unpublished hymns written for the Abbey, and Bonnie Harstad will lead a read-through of several octavos published and provided by World Library Publications. From that point, you are free to roam the Abbey's 1200 acres, visit the Welcome Center, and attend the 5:30 Vespers service if desired, leaving whenever you wish.

Feel free to bring a guest or family member to participate in our planned activities, or to explore the church and grounds on their own. For more information about the Abbey of Gethsemani, visit their website at; drive time from Lexington is approximately 1.5 hours.

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The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

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Lexington, KY chapter