Monday, September 15, 2008

PAANC Mass of Remembrance

The Philippine-American Association of North Carolina (PAANC) celebrated their annual Mass of Remembrance at St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh. The NC Filipino Choir was the service choir for the Mass.

Since St. Raphael had Gather II in the pews, the numbers for the hymn/song list will come from that hymnal.

This Mass was offered in memory of the following PAANC family members: Adela Competente, Emilia de la Cruz, Dolores Farrales-Espino, Eustaquio Malicsi, Juanita Reyes, Carmen Riculan, Romina Valente, and Guadalupe Vergara, as well as for the repose of the souls of other members of the PAANC family whose names were placed at the altar before Mass. Also too, the readings for the Mass were not those prescribed for the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows but reflects what you might hear at a Funeral Mass (Wisdom 3:1-9; Psalm 23 paraphrase; John 11:17-27).

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows / Mass of Remembrance
Processional Hymn: 469, Blest Are They (D. Haas)
Psalm: 30, Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd (R. Sensmeier)
Gospel Acclamation: sung a cappella to some tune Msgr. Lewis started singing. I wasn't familiar with it.
Offertory Hymn: 430, Be Not Afraid (R. J. Dufford)
Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, Amen, Agnus Dei: Mass of Creation (Haugen)
Our Father: Ama Namin (E. P. Hontiveros)
Communion Hymn: 597, I am the Bread of Life (S. Toolan)
Post-Communion Meditation: Sino Ako? ("Who am I?"; J. Castañeda)
Recessional Hymn: Hindi kita malilimutan ("I will never forget you"; M. V. Francisco)

I know two of the three Tagalog pieces were written by the Philippines' answer to the St. Louis Jesuits, Fr. E. P. Hontiveros and Fr. M. V. Francisco (no relation to me). They are responsible for a lot of the music that Filipinos hear at Mass, both in the Philippines and abroad. I'm not sure if Fr. J. Castañeda is a part of the Jesuit Music Ministry, but from what I understand, Sino Ako is another beloved song that you might hear at funerals in the Philippines.

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