Before presenting a concert marked by calmness and tranquillity, Madeleine Joly, Musical Director of the Octuor Gouzes de Joliette, began by saying, “I just want to wish you a Lent filled with great interior joy.”
“Close your door, for the Lord loves to speak to your heart in silence ... Perfume yourself, says the prophet, for it is to a feast that God is calling you.” Continuing her talk, Mrs. Joly set the tone by adding, "For me, that's what Lent is: a time of great interior celebration, a time for strengthening our covenant...”
Planned to complement the four-day retreat preached by Fr. Michel Hébert, Eudist, the previous week at Maison Jésus-Marie, this concert was greatly appreciated by the attentive and recollected audience. "Mrs. Joly's many years of theological and biblical studies have contributed to her being a choirmaster who incites great spiritual joy," said Sister Maryse Moisan, who was responsible for this activity.