Hymn-writing competition announced for Chinese Catholics

Father Mi explained that the idea developed when some young people approached him to ask if there was any platform for them to write songs and use them in ministry.

Philippines
Dec 20 2013, 5:16 PM
Hymn-writing competition announced for Chinese Catholics

The Mandarin section of Radio Veritas Asia in the Philippines is launching a competition in January inviting Mandarin Chinese-speaking Catholics throughout the world to compose devotional religious hymns for use in ministry.

“Music is an influential means to promote the Christian values,” said Father John Mi, the coordinator of the event.

He told that among Chinese Catholics, there has been little composition of music for Mass and prayer gatherings. As a result, Protestant songs are sometimes used. 

Father Mi explained that the idea developed when some young people approached him to ask if there was any platform for them to write songs and use them in ministry.

The contest is a result of their suggestion to “reach out” to the greater Catholic community to search for devotional hymns that reflect the faith. The invitation is hence open to all Catholics in the Mandarin Chinese-speaking world, not only in mainland China, but in Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and across the globe.

Located in Manila, Radio Veritas Asia is the non-commercial Catholic radio station of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. It was started in 1969 and broadcasts in 15 Asian languages.

The hymn-writing contest is open from January through July of 2014. The results will be publicized in October at an award night; first, second and third place and 10 consolation prizes will be given. The 13 winning songs will then be compiled on a CD and distributed throughout the world.

To submit an entry in the contest, an individual is only required to offer the lyrics of his or her composition. The actual music can be provided later. Father Mi explained that this is because many of the contributors live in rural areas and may not have access to high quality recording facilities.

Father Mi said that the idea is to “motivate” those who have the “talent to compose” religious songs, and inspire them in producing reflections, meditations and prayers to be part of the Catholic faith life.

It is also hoped that the contest will help renew the faith life of Chinese Catholics through song, he said.

Source: EWTN News

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