“The Showing of Love”

“The Showing of Love,” a music theatre work composed by Brooke Joyce and inspired by the writings of Julian of Norwich, will be performed at Good Shepherd on Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 pm featuring mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher.  A presentation for composers will also be offered on Friday, February 28, at 5:30 pm at Luther College, Jensen-Noble Room 123 (public welcome).  

From Wikipedia

Julian (or Julianaof Norwich, also known as Dame Julian or Mother Julian (late 1342 – after 1416) was an English anchorite of the Middle Ages. She wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language to be written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love.

She lived throughout her life in the English city of Norwich, an important centre for commerce that also had a vibrant religious life, but which during her lifetime was a witness to the devastating effects of the Black Death of 1348–50, the Peasants’ Revolt, which affected large parts of England in 1381, and the suppression of the Lollards. In 1373, aged thirty and so seriously ill she thought she was on her deathbed, Julian received a series of visions or “shewings” of the Passion of Christ. She recovered from her illness and wrote two versions of her experiences, the earlier one being completed soon after her recovery, and a much longer version, today known as the Long Text, being written many years later.