Seven years ago, I wrote a juvenile blog post about my favorite church song. I’m like that when I’m deeply moved by something. Not sure anymore, but maybe then was the first time I heard it. Truly heard it. So it must be a time when Psalm 37 resounded so closely in my life. I wasn’t really much of a church-goer back in 2013. I can vividly remember, though, that it was sung by a choir during communion.
Then last week, the composer himself sent me a message asking if I could help him edit videos for an online music video – a virtual choir. Prior to that, I spent the last month helping produce 5 video messages of our bishop and a common friend referred me to him.
Sure, I’ve heard his name. I can even read his name regularly written on musical chords inside missalettes but I never really got the chance to meet him even online prior to that message. I later on found out that he composed the song Umasa Ka Sa Diyos while he was still a seminarian!
The reverend father didn’t initially mention the title of the song they’ll be producing so I just waited. It could be any song anyway with the same treatment, but after a few days, I learned that it would actually be my favorite song, Umasa Ka Sa Diyos!
Here’s a snippet of the online music video of Umasa Ka Sa Diyos as interpreted by some of its original singers, the priest alumni of KENOSIS Chorale of the Immaculate Concepcion Major Seminary of Guiguinto, Bulacan, and with its composer on piano!
This is dedicated to all people from all walks of life who continue to hope in the Lord during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
KENOSIS CHORALE PRIEST ALUMNI
FR. BENNY JUSTINIANO | FR. BENJIE JAVIER | FR. ALLAN ANTONIO | FR. ALBERT AVENIDO | FR. FRANCIS CARSON | FR. IKYO RAMOS | FR. LARRY VILLAFUERTE | FR. DANIEL TANSIP | FR. HANIVAL BRUCELAS | FR. RHEY MANGULABNAN