The great Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli’s “Music for Hope” including ‘Amazing Grace’ performance was watched by a record 28 million people from around the world as he beamed live from the Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy on Easter Sunday.
The performance was a message of love to the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was invited to sing by the mayor of Milan, and said that it would not be a performance but a global prayer.
“I received this invitation by the mayor of Milan and by the authorities of the church and of course I answered yes. I’m very happy to do this,” he said. “Also, it’s not a performance. It’s not a concert. It’s only a prayer.”
“I will go there to pray, and I’d like to think that everyone listening to me sing can pray with me,” Bocelli added.
He began his musical message inside the cathedral where he sang “Panis Angelicus,” “Ave Maria,” “Sancta Maria” and “Domine Deus.”
It concluded with Bocelli singing “Amazing Grace,” outside on the steps of the cathedral. He said he believes in the power of prayer, which the world is in desperate need of right now.
“I believe in the strength of praying together,” he said. “I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone — whether they are believers or not — truly needs right now.”
Watch: Andrea Bocelli Sings ‘Amazing Grace’ at the Duomo cathedral
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation is also raising funds to support emergency medical services and hospitals during the pandemic. “We are working very hard to fulfill the goal of the foundation,” he said. “We’re trying to raise the money and deliver all tools needed for this crisis.”
What a powerful prayer that was by Andrea Bocelli at the very center of the place which has witnessed a gruesome attack by the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us keep praying for God to intervene and bring an end to the suffering and hardship caused by it in our country and around the world. Amen!