Herald: Music… the best way to worship God

Music… the best way to worship God

30 Mar 2019 06:12am IST
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30 Mar 2019 06:12am IST
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Based on the thrust of this year’s pastoral theme in the Archdiocese ‘You are a refuge for the poor’, Fr. Romeo Monteiro will be conducting concerts featuring ‘Bhokti songitantlean niyall’- a Sacred Musical concert on March 31, Sunday, at 6:30 pm, at Our Lady of Penha de França Church, Penha de França (Britona), April 6 at 7:00 pm, at Our Lady of Livra Febres Church, Consua and on April 7 at 6:30 pm in St. Anthony’s Chapel, near Santa Monica Convent (Old Goa). Cafe has the details.

 

 

The Catholic Church has a great tradition of sacred

music right from Gregorian chant to Polyphony and then contemporary Church music. In association with the same, Fr. Romeo Monteiro initiated the idea of utilizing this great musical treasure that is present in the Church by presenting a concert ‘Bhokti songitantlean niyall’ which will help people meditate through sacred music; make them experience and taste the spirituality of the Church growing in their own faith experience. The event will be held on March 31, Sunday, at 6:30 pm, at Our Lady of Penha de França Church, Penha de França (Britona), April 6 at 7:00 pm, at Our Lady of Livra Febres Church, Consua and on April 7 at 6:30 pm in St. Anthony’s Chapel, near Santa Monica Convent (Old Goa).

What’s Special?

The concert consists of ten pieces of Sacred Music rendered by a 35 member choir and an 18 member orchestra. The programme also includes two Lenten motets, which are a Goan culture specialty. It is known that these motets originated in Goa, and were widely sung in almost all the churches in the last 18th – 20th centuries. It is not found anywhere else in the world and have a distinct flavor of their own; few churches sing these motets even now.

Goribancho Asro, Tu pauperum refugium, Ekuch Hor, Hoi poi, Let my people go, I know that my Redeemer liveth, Khuxe monan, Roddon sodtali, But thanks be to God, and The Lord is my Shepherd are the pieces that will be performed at the concert. Two pieces are written by Fr. Romeo, who has a degree in Liturgical Music and Composition from the Pontifical Universities in Rome. There are two soloists who will be performing for programme, both in Sopranos voices, Preethi Coutinho, who has done her Licentiate Diploma through the Trinity College of London, and the other, Ruchita Gomes, who has done her Grade 8 through the Trinity College of London.

The man behind the scenes

Fr Romeo assures, “It is a spiritual experience for the members to sing and open up the riches of the Word of God to the audience. It is also an opportunity to improve their musical skills and offer them to Jesus, united in his passion”. Dr. Romeo, besides being the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, is a refined musician and has been requested by the Governor of Goa to be the Director of the Western Music Department of Kala Academy Goa. He has also been Professor of Canon Law and Music at the Rachol Seminary from 2006-2013, and has raised the standard of the Santa Cecilia Choir with which he gave several concerts in Goa and even in Delhi at the invitation of the Apostolic Nuncio. Fr Romeo invites each and every one to be part of the fun musical spiritual event.

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