Serve with humility, Jesuit priest reminds youth

Serve with humility, Jesuit priest reminds youth
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Hundreds of young people attend this year’s “One Praise” worship concert organized by the Jesuit Communications at the Ateneo High School covered courts in Quezon City, Oct. 20. CBCP News

By Niceforo Balbedina and Prince Czar Ponce

October 22, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Why are you in the Charismatic movement? Whats is our life as Christians about?

A Jesuit priest reminded young people gathered for the “One Praise 3” worship concert over the weekend that they are called to a life of humble service.

At a mass held before the concert at the Ateneo High School Covered Courts, Fr. Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso said the path to discipleship is found in sacrificial love towards God and other people.

“Our lives are about that and that alone: humble service,” Alfonso said.

And with the washing of feet, he said the Lord teaches us to be servants.

According to him, service and not power is the true path to Christian discipleship .

“Jesus was very consistent from beginning to the end and yet we always fail to remember that,” he said. “The Cross is nothing but a symbol of loving, humble service, and yet we are distracted by power.”

Now on its third year, Jesuit Communication’s “One Praise” concert gathered hundreds of young people from different Charismatic communities.

The concert featured performances from The Lord’s Flock, Feast Worship, Christ’s Youth in Action, CFC-Youth For Christ’s Liveloud, the Elim Music Ministry and Simply4Him.

Fr. Roseller Atilano, former JesCom Ministry director, said the worship concert aims for people to “pray together as one Church, to pray together as one community because we only have one God”.

JesCom’s “outstanding contribution to the emerging sound of Filipino Christian contemporary music” was recognized when the first One Praise album bagged the Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Inspirational Album in 2016.

The new One Praise 3 setlist has already been released over digital music service providers Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and Apple Music a few weeks before the free concert while the complete third album is set to be out by April of next year.