November 30, 2023

“Rend your hearts not your garments and return to the Lord your God.” (Joel 2:13)
The Lenten Liturgical Music Recollection (LLMR) that gathered music ministries of Mountain Province held on March 3 to 4 was a success.
Its success was due to priests and other lay leaders who supported the project.
The weather cooperated for outdoor lectures, activities, and celebrations of the holy mass and prayers. God also blessed the participants, organizers, and resource speaker with good health and right decisions.
It gave the participants opportunity to pray, ponder, and bond with other music enthusiasts.
The participants were immersed with the Lenten disciplines that provided them solemn moments to understand and appreciate the meaning of fasting, abstinence, prayer, and almsgiving.
They learned and mastered new Lenten songs that punctuated the meditations and prayer moments. It is not the objective of the project to replace old Lenten songs but to add.
The participants were composed of children, youth, adults, and seniors. There was a beautiful collaboration evidenced by the recital and sharing. Individual certificates were awarded to remind them of their beautiful experience in the Teng-ab Lay Formation House.
Questions regarding Lenten season were raised and were answered from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM).
Deeper appreciation of Lent was ignited because of the personal and communal encounter and experience of the divine during the recollection.
Despite differences the organizers worked harmoniously. The objectives made them look at the good of every music ministry. There was harmony during the preparation, during, and after the event. The theme of the LLMR “Our spirit will be in harmony with everyone when music couples the disciplines of Lent” was met.
It is the hope of Montanosa Music Ministry (MMM) to sustain and make LLMR a tradition to be conducted every Lenten season.
Gratitude and congratulations to LLMR organizers Stela Chumacog, Susan Ngagan, Dublyn Langbao, Lourdes Bandas, Atanacia Cabal, Annie Comicho, and Julita Bangloy as the main coordinator while Fr. William Bilag as the CFFIE director.
Gratitude goes too to the added workforce: Grace Agayong, Regina Agumdang, Gladys Maggan, Kyrene Fakat, Leisha Chalaps, Charlene Chumacog, Dandan Ngagan, Emy Ananayo, Fely Tip-ak, Sharaine Nadiahan, Christina Enkiwe, Dandan Bel Coro, Nemar Albano, Jerry Lumani, Ricky Yakak, Aggiornamento Music Ministry, and the Broken Guitar Project Music Ministry.
Organizers collected P500 from the participants for accommodation, food, snacks, and materials. The organizers and facilitators lovingly donated their time, talent, and treasure to the event. There is joy and love in giving.
The Basic Ecclesial Communities of Aguid, Sagada; Abatan, Buguias, Benguet; Aguinaldo, Ifugao; Sadanga, Bauko, and Bontoc, all in Mountain Province have expressed their gratitude to the organizers and participants as well.
After the solemn scrutiny and examination of the new Lenten songs by Bishop Victor Bendico, chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy of the Catholic Conference of the Philippines, gave his endorsement for public use.
Gratitude goes to Bishop Bendico.
The organizers of LLMR are encouraging fellow music ministers to use the new and beautiful biblical Lenten songs.
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