At this year’s annual spring program, 30 students from The Augustine Academy performed a wide array of sung chorale pieces, poems, and recitations on the theme “All Things New,” from Revelation 21. The songs were carefully selected by TAA Director of Music, Diane Skrobis, and many reflected the beauty of growth, in both the created order and daily life. Musical selections included classics like “Simple Gifts” and “Cumbaya,” performed by K-2 students, as well as South African praise songs and a recitation of William Shakespeare’s “St. Crispin’s Day Speech,” performed by 3-8 students. Local families, teachers, pastors, and wide-ranging guests from the community gave the students a standing ovation, before a time of fellowship that followed.
Revelation 21:1-6a, Recitation by the K-2 class
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'
And he who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' Also he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.' And he said to me, 'It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.'"