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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral remembers the Man in Black to feed Portland's hungry

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Portland, OR

#1 Feb 27, 2011
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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Northwest Portland (147 NW 19th Ave) will continue its ongoing Alt.Liturgies program on March 12 at 6 p.m. with “PEACE IN THE VALLEY: JOHNNY CASH VESPERS,” a Lenten service of readings, prayers and music by the man in black.

Vespers is an evening prayer service with roots reaching back centuries. Rather than the traditional chanting and choral music, however,“PEACE IN THE VALLEY” will feature a selection of Cash's songs reflecting on Love and God, life and death, sin and redemption in the cathedral. The free-will offering benefit's Trinity's Hunger Ministries, which fed more than 20,000 of Portland’s poor, unemployed and homeless in 2010.

The songs during “PEACE IN THE VALLEY,” performed live by Trinity’s multi-instrumental Alt.Liturgy Band, will touch on several periods of Cash’s career -- from the classic “Walk the Line” to the traditional gospel of “Wayfaring Stranger” to songs that appeared on his final albums, including “Hurt” and “The Man Comes Around.” The service will also feature a LUCERNARIUM WALK with candles and an EVENSONG portion that will use five Johnny Cash songs to weave together the New Testament’s lessons about walking with the least of our brothers and sisters. The readings will include the words of Johnny Cash as well as a scene from the screenplay of the film “Walk the Line.”

In the Christian tradition, Lent is a time of preparation for the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for Easter.“PEACE IN THE VALLEY: JOHNNY CASH VESPERS” will be held at 6 P.M. MARCH 12, during the first Saturday of Lent. The service and its music will reflect this period.

Trinity is an open and welcoming community. All are welcome. It’s free. Please join us. And please consider publishing or posting information about “PEACE IN THE VALLEY” to help us get the word out about the event and the great cause that it supports. Anything helps.

Last year, donations given at Trinity’s Alt.Liturgies, including those using the music of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Woodie Guthrie and U2, accounted for nearly 25 percent of the budget for the hunger programs. The need has never been greater. Future liturgies will feature the themes about finding grace in the postmodern world presented in the music of Radiohead, The Decemberists, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and the women of folk and rock.

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