Musica Chiesa

Who says church music has to be boring? Last Sunday, March 22, 2009, I attended a Lenten Recollection called "Found By Love," with Bishop Chito Tagle, leading the recollection.

This was held at the Church of the Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila, from 8:30am to 12 noon and was organized by Jesuit Communications.

Aside from the recollection proper, there was a mini-concert, lasting about an hour, where the group Musica Chiesa played beautiful music. The group was introduced by Fr. JBoy Gonzales, SJ, Director of the Jesuit Music Ministry.

Fr. Gonzales explained that the word chiesa is pronounced kiyesa and is not pronounced as tiesa. Prutas daw yung tiesa. The term musica chiesa translates to "church music" and believe me, Musica Chiesa is one of the most talented group of young people I have seen and heard as they play the violin, keyboard, guitar, viola, cello, and flute. The group started out by playing at the 11am mass at the Church of the Holy Sacrifice at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Musica Chiesa started because of its members' desire to serve God through their music.

This is a beautiful illustration of stewardship in action. We use our talents to bring people closer to the Lord. Musica Chiesa has released its first CD featuring eight popular church songs composed by well-known Jesuit priests like the late Fr. Eddie Hontiveros, SJ and younger priests like Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ.

The CD sells for P150 and I assure you that this will make your Lenten season reflection more meaningful and enjoyable. By listening to the music, you will be thankful for God-given talents and will marvel at how beautifully composed and arranged songs can make you feel that God is truly near and within reach.

To order Musica Chiesa music CDs, you may call 426-5971 to 72 in Metro Manila, Philippines. You can also check out

[By Angelica Viloria | Friday, March 27, 2009]

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