Concert brings youth together to worship, celebrate

Concert brings youth together to worship, celebrate

Hundreds of students attend a worship concert at the St. Mary’s College in Borongan City Aug. 9. ALREN BERONIO

By Sentay Quitorio

August 12, 2019

Borongan City

Hundreds of young people turned out at a worship concert in Borongan City on Aug. 9, in what could be a first in the diocese.

Organized by the St. Mary’s College, the concert dubbed as “RecoConcert” allowed young people to sing praises and rejoice through songs and dances.

It was also a twist from the usual formation activity in the school run by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) congregation.

Sr. Rosalina Asuncion, Vice President and the school’s principal, said the overnight event was also their way of celebrating the Year of the Youth.

“I was inspired when I attended the Feast in Manila. This style of activity was not the usual recollection. It was also an opportunity for nurturing and showcasing the talents of the students.” Sr. Asuncion said.

The event also featured reenactments of Christ’s life and some testimonies on how they experienced being loved and strengthened amidst trials as young people.

Fr. Edmel Raagas of the Seminario De Jesus Nazareno delivered a talk on the year’s theme “Youth as Beloved, Gifted and Empowered”.

He also explained the concert’s theme “Marian Ako, Minamahal, Mahusay at Pinalakas ng Panahon”, by sharing his personal experience on how he was loved by God when he met a serious accident that almost took his life in February of 2018.

He also shed light on the importance and consciousness of the mission that everyone is given even from the littlest way of showing love to fellow young and old alike.

Held overnight, the concert was capped with a pre-dawn Mass officiated by Fr. Junstine Kenneth Cainday, a formator at Our Lady of Nativity College Seminary, the next day.

Another worship concert is set to be held next year, with the organizers expecting a larger crowd.

“We hope that we were able to touch more deeply the lives of the students through this unique activity. We hope we can do the same next year,” Sr. Asuncion said. WITH REPORTS FROM ALREN BERONIO