Night Prayer

Pauenhof Dharmasala / Photo: Pauenhof e. V.Pauenhof Dharmasala / Photo: Pauenhof e. V.

Pauenhof Dharmasala / Photo: Pauenhof e. V.

Religion has beauty and every belief develops its own aesthetics. Prayers and liturgies take on meaning when they are performed sincerely and devoutly, but also when they embrace elegance and artistry: hymns, recitations, meditations through religious writings, the writings themselves, paintings, calligraphy, architecture.

Spirituality and beauty are at the focal point of this evening, when nine spiritual locations will offer cultural insights into the given religion. The highlight of each event is a concert, a rare opportunity to find out about the religions and their music.

Gelsenkirchen Synagogue
The building itself is an aesthetic masterpiece. An introduction to the Jewish religion begins at 6 p.m., and a worship service at 7 p.m. The Synagogue's evening concert offers music from the two cultural branches of European Judaism: Ashkenazi cantorial songs with Berliner cantor Mimi Sheffer and Sephardic music with Berlin singer Anne-Lisa Nathan.

Georgstr. 2, Gelsenkirchen


Pauenhof Dharmasala, Sonsbeck
The evening begins with an introduction to Buddhism or a meditation workshop. There will then be a walking meditation through the Pauenhof’s idyllic garden full of Buddhist statues and stupas, followed by a Puja ceremony with a ritual orchestra from the Tibetan Sakya tradition.
Pauendyck 1, Sonsbeck


Essen Cathedral
As the city's oldest church, Essen Cathedral offers a rich array of music: the cathedral choristers, the girls’ choir and cathedral organist Jörg Josef Schwab will present an accomplished programme of Catholic church music. Vespers and guided tours of the Cathedral and the Treasury will be held from 7 p.m.

Zwölfling 12, Essen


DITIB Mosque, Duisburg-Marxloh
Built in the traditional Ottoman style, one of Germany's largest mosques presents readings from the Koran by Birol Karakaya, religious hymns and, at 7.41 p.m., the daily evening prayer. A concert by the "Mızrabın Nefesi" ensemble from Istanbul will take place at 8 p.m. It will feature some of Istanbul's best traditional musicians: Aziz S, enol
Filiz, Birol Yayla, Murat Aydemir, Salih Bilgin and singer Mehmet Kemiksiz.
DITIB Mosque, Warbruckstr. 51, Duisburg


Herten Greek Orthodox Church
Only those in the know are aware that Germany's most beautiful Greek Orthodox church is situated in Herten. A Greek Orthodox vespers service will start at 7 p.m. It will be led by Archpriest Apostolos Amvrazis and will include the church choir. An evening of sacred Russian Orthodox music performed by the Russian Orthodox Choir of Germany directed by Svetlana Stenina will begin at 8 p.m.

Gelsenkirchener Str. / corner of Herner Str. 99, Herten


Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple, Hamm-Uentrop
A Puja is held each day by Hindu priest Siva Sri Paskarakurukkal in Germany's largest Hindu temple. It will begin at 6 p.m. At 4.30 p.m. there will be an introduction to Hinduism including a guided tour of the temple. At 7 p.m. a mantra recitation will kick off the religious concert featuring outstanding South Indian art music performed by acclaimed singer Vijay Shiva from Madras.

Siegeneckstr. 4, Hamm


St. Vinzentius Church, Bochum
The Protestant St. Vinzentius Church is over 1,000 years old. At 7 p.m. it will be the venue for a concert entitled "A foretaste of heaven", when "St. Vinzentius" singers and instrumentalists will perform music dating from the 17th and 18th centuries under the baton of Hans Jaskulsky. The concert will be followed by meditative guided tours of the candle-lit church and, at 10.30 p.m., a celebratory evening service with Christian pop music performed by Matthias Nagel.

Vinzentiusweg 13, Bochum


Alevi Cultural Centre, Bergkamen
The Anatolian long-necked lute known as the baglama is played continually during the traditional Alevi cem ceremony. The ceremony will also feature Kemal Kahraman, a well-known member of the "Metin Kemal Kahraman" ensemble, who will sing songs in Turkish, Kurdish and Zaza. The highlight of the cem ceremony are the danced prayers known as "semah". At 8 p.m., 12 baglama experts from the Alevi Cultural Centre in Berlin will present songs and poems by the most renowned poet and singer of the 16th century, Pir Sultan Abdal.

Buchfinkenstr. 8, Bergkamen


Serbian Orthodox community, Dortmund
The evening will start with an unconventional vespers service given jointly by a Serbian, a Russian and a Romanian priest at 7 p.m. The concert at 8 p.m. promises even more surprises: Divna Ljubojevic, the internationally acclaimed Belgrade singer of Orthodox church music, will present songs from the world of the Byzantium, Serbia, Bulgaria and Russia accompanied by her chamber choir "Melodi".

Engelbertstr. 5, Dortmund


September 21, 2010
Event series Night Prayer

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