Franciscan ‘Discerning Advent’ Podcast: Mary Did You Know by Marisa Tisler

by Sister Julie Ann on December 1, 2013

Reflecting some of the tentative joy that underlies Advent, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer meditative Mary Did You Know played by Marisa Tisler, a Manitowoc, WI, Holy Family Conservatory student as a reflective podcast.Franciscan Sister Victoria Masil Mary

Composition begins with a meditative pause calling for a deeper silence this Advent.

The youtube video includes sacred images from these inspiring places: Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, WI; St Helena, Minneapolis, MN; Nativity of the Lord Parish, St Paul, MN; Franciscan Sister Victoria Masil’s painting from Holy Family Convent Motherhouse, Manitowoc, WI; St. Mary,  Appleton, WI; Holy Cross, Kaukauna, WI; Holy Spirit, Kimberly, WI; St. Mary Menomonee Falls, WI; Sacred Heart, Sherwood, WI; Nativity Parish,  Cudahy, WI; St. Paul, Combined Locks, WI; St. Mark , St. Paul, MN; St. Gabriel, Neenah, WI; St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, La Crosse, WI and O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.

About Marisa

Marisa Tisler Holy Family Conservatory, Manitowoc, WIAlthough Marisa performs this piece as a piano instrumental the text (of songwriters LOWRY, MARK/GREENE, BUDDY) comes to mind for the listener who is familiar with the vocal rendition. There is an overall sense of mystery in the many questions put to Mary, Mother of this miracle child, Jesus. How could Mary have ever known how all of the details of the life of Jesus would unfold? Yet the lyrics of the song present all of these questions to Mary. The last line of lyrics links the profound mystery of God made flesh through these words, ”This sleeping child you’re holding Is the great I am.”

The acoustics of the new Endries Theater in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance are state of the art. The rendering of Mary Did You Know was successful after the first recording. As a musician to perform in Endries Hall it is a delight because of the ability to hear how all of the tones of the music mix and blend. The balance is easily attained and can be clearly delivered to the audience regardless of where the individual chooses to be seated.

-Sister Carol Ann Gambsky, Administrator of Holy Family Conservatory

Marisa is a joy to teach.  SheFranciscan Sister Mary Carol Kopecky is focused, practices in an organized manner.  The song, “Mary, Did You know?” was relearned for the website. She has matured in recent years because of her many High School involvements and in many areas has taken on leadership roles.  Her interpretation of this song is evidence of her deep reflections and respect for the music.

-Sister Mary Carol Kopecky, Holy Family Conservatory teacher

Invitation to Submit Your Own Creative Podcast…

After watching our spiritually moving collage of mostly stained glass windows, do you feel inspired to create your own Mary Did You Know Advent Podcast? We would be happy to share your contemplative creativity with others. Upload on youtube and please send us your link.  Click here for the song lyrics.

9 thoughts on “Franciscan ‘Discerning Advent’ Podcast: Mary Did You Know by Marisa Tisler”

  1. SIster Carol Ann Gambsky says:

    Listening to Marisa perform is so moving and now to hear her artistry combined with the visual artistry of sacred stain glass images is truly a holy experience! Thank you for featuring this very talented young lady who studies at Holy Family Conservatory.

  2. Sister Julie Ann says:

    Thanks for helping to make this happen, Sister Carol Ann! Advent blessings to you!

  3. SCA says:

    Really, I think the credit goes to her teacher Sister Mary Carol and of course to Marisa. Thanks to Max who helped with the technical aspects of the recording.

  4. Sister Nancy Kinate says:

    Truly a poignant presentation! Thanks to each one who shared in creating this Advent gift, especially Marisa.

  5. Sister Adrianna says:

    The music, artistry and sound convey the many thoughts that Mary must have had in following the will of the Lord. Thanks Marisa for such a marvelous performance – full of feeling and spirit.

  6. Sister Maria Goretti says:

    Thank you for this deeply moving expression of so great a mystery…and for helping to usher in the wonderful Advent journey.

  7. Sister Carla says:

    Marisa’s rendition of Mary Did You Know is beautiful. It’s so meditative that you have to stop what you are doing and just soak it in. I also like the photos with the brilliant colors and moving scenes. Thank you for making me pause.

  8. Sister Kathleen says:

    What a meditation! Seeing the many pieces of colored glass and hearing the many notes of the haunting melody call to mind the many moments of history that expected and now recall the Savior’s birth. I marvel at all the pieces that God brings together in making Himself present to us again and again. Thanks for the moment of true beauty!

  9. Thank you for images, words and sounds of the beautiful season of Advent. I love that the images are from such a variety of places and the sounds from right at our own Franciscan Music Center.

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