Capiz seminary holds virtual tribute concert for Covid-19 frontliners
By CBCP News
September 9, 2020
Seminarians and priests of the Sancta Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium have taken their musical talents online on Tuesday to pay tribute to frontliners battling Covid-19.
Dubbed as “The Calling XVI: A Tribute to our Frontliners,” the concert was part of the Capiz archdiocese major seminary’s fiesta celebration in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In his message, Archbishop Jose Advincula Jr of Capiz lauded the frontliners’ “courage and dedication” as they continue to risk their personal safety to fight the coronavirus.
“Despite the difficult and challenging situation we find ourselves in today, your commitment in caring for our sick and needy brothers and sisters is truly a blessing for us all,” he said.
The archbishop, whose 19th episcopal anniversary was also remembered on the same day, recognized that while the frontline workers had served in “selfless” capacities, they got tired too.
Nonetheless, he encouraged them to hold on to their essential motivation in doing their tasks, which is love, saying that after all, “Deus caritas est… God is love.”
“When resources become limited and when everything is exhausted, and when all seem lost, love is the best and ultimate resource that we have and we believe that this is the most powerful option,” he added.
Among the performers was Sem. Noel Atis, a third-year philosophy student, who was diagnosed early this year with stage 2 bone cancer and had his left knee amputated.
Atis had his surgery and the series of chemotherapy sessions in the midst of strict health protocols in hospitals. His performance was his way of thanking the services of health workers who attended to him.
The concert is part of the seminary’s annual tradition usually held with a festive mood. The pandemic, however, forced the organizers to hold it online.
“This is our simple way of walking the extra mile,” said Fr. John Carl Robles, SMMRS Acting Rector.
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