On Thursday, Aug. 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Buffalo will host internationally renowned Irish artists Owen Ó Súilleabháin and Pádraig Ó Tuama to celebrate the Celtic feast of the first harvest, known as Lughnasa.
A press release said, “Lughnasa marks the beginning of the death of summer. You can feel the evenings closing in. Winter will be soon upon us. Now is the time to build up our stores so that we can be generous during the dark times of constriction.
“The overarching theme of the evening endeavors to revitalize our sense of belonging, courageously extending hospitality by responding to human need. Generosity is the drumbeat of a revolutionary resistance.”
Such an emphasis is reflected in the writings of Ó Tuama (www.padraigotuama.com/). He will be speaking at the Chautauqua Institute in August and working with Krista Tippet as part of the “On Being” series next year. Ó Tuama recently completed his term as the leader of the Corrymeela Community, oldest reconciliation and peace organization on the island of Ireland. His friend, Ó Súilleabháin (www.owenandmoley.com/), a native of Ireland now living in the Buffalo area, shares his talents as a musician and retreat leader in Ireland and the U.S. Ó Súilleabháin has been featured on PBS and he, along with his brother, have collaborated and performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The event, “A Harvest of Hope,” will begin at 6 p.m. with a Celtic worship experience incorporating ancient and modern prayers, poetry and music from the British Isles. This is free and open to the public. At 7:30 p.m., poetry, stories, music and a conversation between Ó Súilleabháin and Ó Tuama will be offered. Both the worship experience and the 7:30 p.m. performance will feature vocal offerings by Ó Súilleabháin and original poetry by Ó Tuama.
A reception will be offered at 7 p.m., between the service and the performance, and is free and open to all. The 7:30 p.m. performance is $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance by going to www.spcbuffalo.org/celtic or by calling 716-855-0900.
A portion of the proceeds generated by the ticket sales and the offering collected at the worship service will be donated to relieve hunger in the Buffalo area.