O Res Mirabilis!

To this day, my wife still thanks me for encouraging (i.e. pushing) her to sing “Panis Angelicus” at her father’s funeral. He died eleven years ago this month. Yesterday, my wife sang that same song at her brother’s funeral. This time she sang it as a duet with our son, Frank Jr.

They started practicing in an unusual location. We spent Sunday driving from St. Louis to Northern Virginia. During a lunch break in Indiana at a Culver’s with free WiFi, they found the musical accompaniment online. I enjoyed my first ButterBurger while listening to them sing along with the music on the computer. From my vantage point, I could see the curious looks from other customers who were using the trash cans behind Jere and Frank Jr.

Because we were traveling, we didn’t have access to my wife’s collection of sheet music or to a computer printer. The night before the funeral, my son found a portion of the sheet music online. He used Microsoft Paint to make notes and to add the lyrics for the second verse. He saved the finished product as a PDF file and copied it onto my Kindle. They placed the Kindle on the podium at church and read from it as they sang.

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5 Responses to O Res Mirabilis!

  1. MJ says:

    Oh Frank what a beautiful story and a wonderful tribute to family and friends. Jere & Frank Jr were beautiful. Thanks for sharing

  2. beautiful just beautiful…

  3. Lori says:

    I have never heard anything so beautiful! I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face, thanks frank for posting this please let jere know my prayers are with her and your family

  4. Giannine says:

    I don’t know how I missed this blog post earlier, Frank. Thank you for posting the link on Facebook! This is beautiful! I don’t think I have ever heard Jere and Frank Jr. sing together before. Like I suspected, it’s as if choirs of angels were accompanying them. What a tribute to Jere’s brother, Bill! I suspect he’s doing better than resting in peace; rather, he’s dancing with joy.

  5. Helen Taylor says:

    What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing.

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