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Personal/Theological Notebook: Chrysogonus Waddell has died. 
24th-Nov-2008 01:57 pm
Chrysogonus Fest 1997
Michael Wurtz, CSC, just wrote me from Rome to tell me that Fr. Chrysogonus Waddell, OCSO, just died this Sunday on the Feast of Christ the King.

Those of you who knew Chrysogonus and who had the privilege to sing his astonishing compositions, like his masterpiece Rosa Mystica, know what a loss this is. The world is a bit more dim today. The Abbey of Gethsemani, the community in which Chrysogonus lived all these years, and which was made famous by his friend Thomas Merton, has posted a brief obituary here.

I always joked that this photograph I took, during our first "Chrysogonus Fest" in 1997, was "the only known photograph of heaven." No joke.


Comments 
24th-Nov-2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I was literally just thinking of Chrysogonus and wondering whether he was still alive or not. I have a picture of him in my office at home from the Candled Seasons recording session, I believe. The world is indeed more dim today.
24th-Nov-2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
He was an unforgettable kind of figure. I've got a picture on a bookshelf just behind me as I type, too. Even though I hadn't written him in far too long, he was that kind of man: you still wanted to count him a friend, and count yourself lucky to be his friend. I think you remember as well as I do, just the way everyone burst into tears the first time we sight-read "Rosa Mystica" and realized what a treasure we had been given. And of course it wasn't all just profound music with him: I remember laughing ourselves silly in your apartment in '96, watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and suddenly realizing that "Charley-In-The-Box" from The Island of Misfit Toys sounded like Chrysogonus and his cartoony voice....
26th-Nov-2008 03:54 am (UTC)
I loved the Chrysogonus cartoony voice.
25th-Nov-2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Memory Eternal!
May he find a place in the Liturgy of Heaven.
John
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