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Formation workshop on liturgical music held

By Archdiocese of Caceres Commission on Liturgical Music

A formation and workshop focused on liturgical music was held on July 1, attracting 230 enthusiastic participants from various parishes, religious institutions, and music backgrounds. Organized by the Archdiocese of Caceres Commission Liturgical Music, the event aimed to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist and music within the liturgy and foster collaboration among different parish communities.

Held at the Holy Rosary Major Seminary, the event featured theologians, musicians, and liturgical ministers who shared their knowledge and passion with attendees. The formation worshop commenced with insightful talks delivered by Fr. Joey D. Gonzaga (“The Mystery We Celebrate”) and Fr. Xavier R. Amoroso (“Understanding the Song We Sing”).

Throughout the day, participants were engaged in simultaneous workshops, interactive sessions, and practical demonstrations. Divided into groups based on their skill and area of interest, attendees had the opportunity to learn vocal techniques and keyboard and guitar accompaniments. These sessions were facilitated by liturgical musicians such as Giuseppe Crisini, Gielyn Corporal, Justin Borja, and Sem. Samuel Jed Llorin.

The formation worshops catered to liturgical musicians of all proficiency levels, accommodating both neophytes and experienced. New participants expressed their excitement about gaining a deeper understanding of the significance of liturgical music, while veteran musicians found it valuable to exchange knowledge with their peers and get acquainted with the latest developments in the field.

The rendition of a classic communion song “Ave Verum Corpus”, composed by the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was the highlight of the seminar.

In addition to the educational aspect, the seminar provided ample networking opportunities. Participants from different parishes and institutions had the chance to connect, fostering dialogue, and promoting collaboration among choir groups. Many expressed their eagerness to implement the acquired knowledge and skills in their respective parishes, hoping to enrich the spiritual experience of their congregations through music.

The event concluded with a celebration of the Holy Mass, presided by Fr. Amoroso, the commission director, where certificates of participation were awarded to all attendees. Participants left the seminar with renewed enthusiasm and a sense of purpose, determined to apply their newfound knowledge and skills in their own musical endeavors within their respective parishes. The formation and workshop on liturgical music proved to be a resounding success, energizing participants and reinforcing the importance of music in the Mass. As the participants return to their respective parish communities, their collective passion and commitment to liturgical music are sure to flourish, ultimately enhancing the spiritual journeys of countless worshippers across the archdiocese.

(L-R) Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, DD, Bishop of Kidapawan, President of Caritas - Philippines and chairperson of CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Action and Justice & Peace ( ECSA - JP ) presents plaque of appreciation to Caritas-Caceres for its dedicated service to the Social Action Ministry for fifty years. It was presented last June 23, 2023. Receiving the certificate are Fr. Erwin Bismonte, assistant director and Fr. Marcel Emmanuel DP Real, executive director, respectively of Caritas-Caceres as Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, Archbishop of Caceres witnessed the awarding. (Photo credit: Mary Claire Cayetano)


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