“Comfort and Joy” Commissioned for Televised University of St. Thomas Christmas Concerts

“Comfort and Joy” Commissioned for Televised University of St. Thomas Christmas Concerts

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul commissioned Hagen for their annual Christmas concerts. The piece “Comfort and Joy” is based on this year’s concert theme, and is scored for a mass choir of over 200 singers, wind ensemble, and string orchestra.


This concert will be recorded and filmed, broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television as a one-hour holiday special. Concert information can be found here: https://www.stthomas.edu/music/events/christmas/


Hagen commissioned poet Brian Newhouse for this exciting project. Read his poem “A Fire in Winter” below.


Comfort and Joy


Here in the winter dark

our ministry is flame.


When you are lost,

we will build the signal fire,

a towering blaze of welcome.


When you are broken,

a hearthfire to mend a scattered heart.


When you are hungry,

living embers will bring you bread.


We are found,

we are whole,

we are fed by fire.


Angels fan these flames

so your way may

be lit by joy.


Posted on

October 14, 2019

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