A letter from Bishop Barry C. Knestout.
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Back in the Fall of 2018, the Office of Worship in collaboration with the Bicentennial Planning Task Force, began to coordinate a 2020 Bicentennial Hymn Competition for the Diocese of Richmond to find a hymn that expresses the history of our diocese and commemorates our 200th Anniversary as a Diocese.
The winning hymn, We Shine Like Stars in the World, commemorates this special occasion, incorporating the bicentennial motto from Philippians. The hymn can be sung by a cantor and assembly, as well as include a range of instrumentation and choral harmony. In addition, the hymn includes verses in Spanish.
Please note, the license agreement between the Diocese and the composer for use of the hymn, “We Shine Like Stars in the World,” during the Bicentennial Year concluded on Monday, January 18, 2021. Beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021, if a parish desires to use the hymn, they should contact the composer, Dan Keeley, directly to discuss its use; his contact information is listed below:
(540) 774-0066 x13
Communion and Mission
“Shine like stars in the world, as you hold fast to the word of life” (Phil 2:15–16).
This text, which is the bicentennial motto, illuminates the two vital forces at work in each local Church (diocese): communion and mission. Communion refers to the bonds of fellowship that unite members of the Church to God and to one another. Mission designates the purpose of the Church, which is to proclaim the Good News of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ to all people. Communion keeps the Church intact; mission enables the Church to grow.