A memorable evening of healing and hope through song, was celebrated last Saturday, July 4 with JesCom’s “Mga Awit ng Paghilom: Jesuit Residence Home Sessions”.
Streamed live via the JesCom/Ateneo/Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM Facebook pages, the beloved Jesuit Fathers of the Ateneo de Manila University graciously opened the doors of their campus residence and shared their gift of music and heartfelt prayer, in this challenging period of COVID 19.
“Tonight, this is a place of singing and praying. We thought to gather and share these songs to everyone. Signing is a wonderful way of praying. Let us pray for healing, especially in these trying times of our lives. Let us open our hearts to receive God’s unconditional love- the love that heals and forgives and makes us whole, again and again,” greeted Ateneo President Fr.Jett Villarin, as he welcomed a delighted online audience of over 200,000, all eagerly sharing their kind responses on social media.
In between the Jesuits’ inspiring musical performances of treasured Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM) classics, were reassuring messages of faith and reflections inspired by Ignatian spirituality- bringing peace and consolation to the hearts and homes of the thousands tuning in.
After whistling the calming melody of “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan” with Fr.Jett by his side on piano, Fr.Albert Alejo delivered a poetic reminder that all will indeed, soon be well.
“Binibigyan tayo ng pag-asa ng ating pananampalataya. Darating ang araw na magkikita-kita pa rin tayo muli. Magsasalu-salo nang di nagmamadali. Sa pinagdaanan, babangon, babawi. Ngayon po ang dilim ng ulap ay nahahawi. Ang luha sa mata at ngiti sa labi, hamog at kulay ng bagong bahanghari.”
Following his standout rendition of “Hesus ng Aking Buhay”, Fr.RB Hizon spoke of undeterred trust in the Lord’s guidance.
“The experience of pain, grief, sorrow, this is never easy. One can feel as though we are enveloped in darkness and despair. And in such despair, we find ourselves unable to hope, to dream, to see-
and yet we are called to trust and believe what we cannot see. God beholds us. God sees us and leads us to his beautiful, wonderful light.”
As Fr.Nono Alfonso paired his stirring vocals with acclaimed Jesuit composer Fr.Manoling Francisco’s playing of “Gabing Kulimlim” on piano, the JesCom Executive Director invited the faithful to lift up their dearest intentions to the Lord.
“We offer to him our sickness, our weary hearts, and our restless souls. We surrender everything to our faith, to our Father who heals us.”
Before gathering for the evening’s final song “Pananagutan”, Fr.James Gascon shared on behalf of his brother Jesuits, their sincere appreciation for the overwhelming success of their prayer-concert.
“These songs have been part of our lives, using them to pray, to feel God’s presence. And underneath all these prayers, is thanksgiving. Gratitude for all the graces we always have and are assured to receive. Sa tuwing aawitin ang mga awit na ito, alalahanin natin that despite the pandemic, the anxieties, God is with us and we only have to call on him and sing our prayers.”
All donationsreceived from “Mga Awit ng Paghilom: Jesuit Residence Home Sessions” will be utilized for the benefit of the Jesuit Formation Fund. Your generosity and financial assistance for the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus’ ministry will gladly be accepted here: https://www.phjesuits.org/portal/give-online/?fbclid=IwAR3FODryGsh2EFk0rSHmlzZIG8wzPzNdrDJIrSQa3wX7Z3l9_zaA7GXyRbM.
“Mga Awit ng Paghilom: Jesuit Residence Home Sessions” is the second online concert to be featured for the opening week of “One Foot Raised: the Ateneo 2020 Ignatian Festival”, following Bukas Palad Music Minsitry’s “If I Could Touch You”.
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