Concert to understand and reflect on Prodigal Son parable

Using visuals and songs, most of which were either arranged or composed by the Jesuit priest, Father Manoling explained the parable through narrative and music.

Singapore
Aug 26 2014, 12:41 PM
Concert to understand and reflect on Prodigal Son parable
Jesuit Father Manoling Francisco performing with the St Francis Xavier Choir at Queen of Peace Church.

A Meditation & Music prayer concert was held at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Singapore on Aug 8 and 9 to help people better understand and reflect more deeply on the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

The concert was performed by Filipino liturgical composer Father Manoling Francisco, together with a choir from the host parish and the St Francis Xavier Choir from the Church of St Ignatius.

Using visuals and songs, most of which were either arranged or composed by the Jesuit priest, Father Manoling explained the parable through narrative and music.

In most of the song segments, he accompanied the singers on the piano.

During the Aug 8 concert, he urged the audience to “reflect on our yearning for God and His longing for us”. Dressed in brightly coloured tops and black pants, the St Francis Xavier Choir sang a Filipino song, Tanging Yaman (Dearest Treasure), which Father Manoling said “expresses our aching desire to see God”.

Another piece, To See the Face of God, which was a chant, was more interactive. Father Manoling split the audience into two groups with each group singing either the chant or the harmony.

Father Manoling then gave reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, highlighting the different views of the three protagonists, the two sons and their father.

The St Francis Xavier Choir, together with a tenor soloist, sang Empty Space, reflecting on how the younger son felt as he made his way back to his father. Several other songs also followed as the audience reflected on the father and the elder son.

The closing prayer-song saw the audience clapping and singing to We Sing of Love, Alleluia together with Father Manoling and the choirs.

Source: Catholic News

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