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The Vigil Project returns to Church of the Resurrection

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Greg Boudreaux,left, and Andrea Thomas, right, of The Vigil Project perform at the Church of the Resurrection in Muncy recently. The performance kicked off the groups "Keep Watch and Pray" tour. The group also met with local Catholic musicians earlier in the day for a workshop.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is reprinted with permission from The Catholic Light.

MUNCY – While many are focused on the hustle of the holiday season, the Church of the Resurrection is giving people a special chance to reflect on the meaning of the Advent season this year.

The Church of the Resurrection is welcoming back The Vigil Project with a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Vigil Project is a community of artists that collaborate to make music for an authentic encounter with God and sincere prayer.

“We all come from different backgrounds,” said co-director, vocalist and songwriter Andrea Thomas. “We make music for the Catholic journey.”

This will be the second time the Vigil Project stops in Lycoming County. The group first played a concert this past Lenten season and it was highly regarded.

“We had them here during Lent and they led us in music, reflecting on a Lenten theme, on the Stations of the Cross, mixed in with talks and also reflections for prayer,” said Jesse Martin, pastoral associate with the church. “They are the best at what they do.”

The Vigil Project has tour dates across the United States during the Advent season. One of the group’s members, John Finch, was also recently in Italy.

“The project began, now approaching four years ago, when we thought we were just going to be Catholic musician friends collaborating on a one-time project and the fruit that came from that project was so above-and-beyond what we expected!” Thomas said.

After the Vigil Project’s first series, the group began receiving requests from all over the country and that is what led to their first tour and multiple albums.

With Advent being a season of preparing, hoping, longing and waiting, members of the Vigil Project hope their concert will give people the chance to prepare their hearts for the Savior.

“I speak for our entire team that we’re so excited to be coming back and there’s something really exciting and special about building on an experience that you’ve had with a community,” Thomas added.

The concert in Muncy is free and open to all age groups. A free-will offering will be taken during the event.

Martin expects the concert to last roughly two hours and says the Church will have food and hot chocolate available.

“This is how we’re enriching the lives of those around us,” Martin said. “We invite everyone to be a part of this unique experience. It is just a beautiful, prayerful mission concert experience. It’s not just a youth event. It is for everyone!”

During the Vigil Project’s Lenten concert in Muncy, Martin says hundreds of people attended, including Bucknell University students.

“We would love to have everyone come and pray with us, not to come to a concert to observe, but enter in and pray with us,” Thomas said.

Following the concert, Martin says the parish will invite young adults to a countywide youth event with another Catholic non-profit for a discussion on human dignity and living a life of virtue at Orlando’s restaurant down the street at 6:30 p.m.

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