Professors' hymn featured on Vatican Web site

For Immediate Release
March 8, 2000

A hymn, composed by two Abilene Christian University professors that was performed in Rome, Italy, on Dec. 28 for the millennium celebration now can be heard online.

The hymn was a part of the Jubilee 2000 Celebration in the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Nierva in Rome.

The Vatican Web site provides information about the Jubilee 2000 events and features a clip from the hymn, "Jesus, Redeemer, Messiah."

Dr. Sally Reid, professor of music, and Dr. Cheryl Bacon, professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, created the hymn.

According to the Jubilee 2000 Web site, the coming of the Third Millennium prompts the Christian community to lift eyes of faith to embrace new horizons in proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Jubilee 2000 was a Vatican-based celebration.

Reid was one of 12 composers invited to write a hymn for the millennium, and she enlisted Bacon's help for the lyrics.

A friend of Reid's who lives in Italy and serves as an Italian representative to UNESCO (the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) recommended an invitation be extended to Reid.

"It's quite an honor to be among a select group of composers and asked to participate," Reid said.

Bacon agreed, saying such a chance to showcase the talents of two ACU professors on this level is rare.

"More important is the opportunity for two women who teach at a private Christian university in Abilene, Texas, to be given a venue to tell the world about Christ," she said.


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