CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 22 September 2018

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Proud to sing for the Eucharistic king

CEBU (Agencies): The Coro de San Jacinto, the chorale which performed at the opening Mass of the Eucharistic Congress in Cebu on January 24, regards it as a wonderful opportunity, saying who better to sing for than the king of kings.

The director of the chorale, Father Ranhilio Aquino, considered it a blessing to be chosen to sing for the Mass, calling it “an opportunity to serve, grow, and express. It is a part of their formation, serving the Lord in liturgy and promoting culture through music.” 

Father Aquino told CBCP News, “We feel great, we feel honoured, but more importantly it is a prayerful moment for us to be able to sing in honour of the Eucharistic King.” 

He explained, “We knew about this about one year ago, so we have been preparing since that time, the songs are in a sense not completely new, because much of this comes from the pope’s Mass last year, this choir took part in the Papal Grand Choir.” 

The Coro de San Jacinto Facebook page says that upon finding their place as a choir for the Lord, they also found themselves a family.

“We rehearse at least once a week, each of us taking time away from professional and family engagements to bond together. We are not only a band of performers; we are members of a truly large family,” it says.

The Coro de San Jacinto has performed around the world, from local to international, from Batac, Laoag, Baguio, Tacloban and Davao to the University of Santa Tomas Auditorium, San Beda College and even at the Supreme Court.

Overseas it has presented an Easter Cantata at St. John’s Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur; at the University Chorale Festival of the University of Macau; Busan in South Korea; and in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

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