3rd Liturgical Music Workshop for the Lenten Season

Mar 1st 2016

T he Asian Catholic Communicators Inc. (ACCI) conducted a one-day workshop for Music Ministry and Lay Ministry members on February 13, 2016, in preparation for this year’s Lenten Season.

Jenie Gardon of the Training Department was a participant in the workshop while Bernie Timbas from the Sales Department was one of the facilitators.

The well-known composer of popular Catholic songs, Fr. Manuel “Manoling” Francisco S.J., S.T.D., was the main speaker.

Fr. Manoling gave five insights and shared meaningful stories to reflect on this coming Lenten:

  1. The cross is caused by sin but has become the source of our redemption.
  2. Love, not suffering, saves.
  3. Suffering can bring out the virtue.
  4. What matters most is not the intensity of suffering but the intensity of love.
  5. Suffering, freely embraced, manifests the victory not of evil, but of love.

Fr. Francisco also explained the origin of the Lenten Season and how Filipinos coming from different parts of the country, practice their faith during the season.

Before the lunch break, the participants were divided into groups and were asked to list the songs they think are appropriate for Lent, particularly, the entrance and communion songs, the songs appropriate for the Washing of the Feet, as well as for the blessing of the palms etc. Fr. Manoling, then corrected some of the examples and emphasized the following points:

  • Entrance songs should be collective and congregational. Ideally, it should talk of us as a people of God. It can be a ballad since, during this season, we are remembering Jesus Christ’s darkest days.
  • On Palm Sunday, songs like Hosanna sa Anak ni David, Luwalhati, Papuri’t Parangal, Let Heaven Rejoice, Sambahin ka’t Purihin, Christus Vinchit are the ideal Entrance songs.
  • Songs for Washing of the Feet should be about service, self-offering, self-emptying (e.g., Kaibigan, Kapanalig, Dakilang Pag-ibig, Pagkakaibigan, Sa Iyong mga Yapak, Awit ng Isang Alagad, Ubi Caritas, As I Have done for You, and The Lord Jesus)
  • On the veneration of the cross, we can sing songs that depict the presence of God like Ubi Caritas, Crux Fidelis, Jesus on the Cross, Kung Saan May Pagmamahal, Tingnan ang Tao sa Krus and Sa Kahoy ng Krus.

After the break, the Bukas Palad Music Ministry performed a song entitled “Hosanna”. The members also taught the same song to the participants in four voices. Other songs included in the Ministry’s newly released album “Behold the Cross” were also taught to the participants.After the break, the Bukas Palad Music Ministry performed a song entitled “Hosanna”. The members also taught the same song to the participants in four voices. Other songs included in the Ministry’s newly released album “Behold the Cross” were also taught to the participants.

The seminar workshop ended with a mass celebrated by Fr. Francisco and Fr. John Klen Malificiar, outgoing president of the Asian Catholic Communicators Inc.


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