Composed by Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ now being sung in Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Manila.
I heard it sung at Edsa Shrine this Sunday. Lasted for almost 10 minutes! That beat your usual Gregorian chant, Missa de Angelis Gloria which only runs for 3:20!
The antiphon is in English, Latin, Bisaya, Tagalog and Ilocano.
Three verses. First in Ilocano, next in Tagalog, and then the last one in Cebuano.
So if you are like most of Filipinos here in Manila, chances are you will only understand two out of five languages/dialects used.
Which makes you scratch your head.
Why not just one language?
Why not just English? Why not just Tagalog? Why not just Latin?
So the liturgists of the Archdiocese will spend time asking the people to learn this new song while deriding the centuries old Gregorian chant?
Tell me. Is this what San Beda and PIL taught you?...........to despise anything from the past just because they are old?
Latin is hard to learn? Tell it to these youths.
Tell that to the Muslims. Young people already chant and read Arabic....I mean young FILIPINO people.
It can be done.
They just don't want to.
PS: I saw photos of a young seminarian serving the Beatification Mass of Lorenzo Ruiz and companion martyrs at Luneta. That seminarian is now a cathedral rector and the other one is an archbishop.
Why'd I say this? Simple. Professional Lay Liturgists especially the one from Cubao would love to take the spotlight even from seminarians. Why not enter the seminary instead of being a perpetual altar server. Let me give you a hint. FLUNKED. REJECT.