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DAYAW : Glorifying God in Songs and Dances

Fr. Fernando Navidad Egargo, Ph.D

“Let them praise his name in dance, make music with tambourine and lyre” (Psalm 149.3)

There are countless ways of glorifying God.

As a way of celebrating the “Year of the Clergy and the Consecrated Persons”, the Bishops and priests of the Diocese of Borongan ventured into something which has never been done before by the local clergy — concert! Fr. Mike Gadicho, the head of the Diocesan Commission on Clergy and the Young Clergy of the Diocese of Borongan wholeheartedly accepted the challenge of spearheading this enormous task of producing the show.

While it is true that not all priests are blessed with extraordinary vocal and dancing skills, it is a fact that singing and dancing have been significantly mentioned in the Bible as a way of praising God. In the Book of Exodus, Moses and Miriam led the Israelites in a triumphant song and dance glorifying God after they were freed from slavery (Exodus 15).

The DAYAW Concert of the Borongan Clergy is not a way of showcasing the angelic voices nor the acrobatic dancing skills of priests. Far from it. Rather, it is our way of giving back to God and to the people. God has been gracious to us, priests, in spite of our unworthiness and blemishes. Moreover, the lay faithful of the Diocese of Borongan have been consistent in their unqualified support for the Catholic Church. We cannot but echo the Psalmist’s question: “How can I repay the LORD for all the great good done for me?” (Psalm 116.12). This Concert is our way of expressing our profound gratitude to God and to the people of God.

As the music director, I have to admit rehearsal days were exhausting. For one, gathering the priests for the practices was a big challenge. Not that priests were uncooperative. Rather, the demands of parish work sometimes coincided with concert rehearsal days. Yes, liturgical and pastoral ministry is still our priority. We would like to assure you that we did not neglect any of our parish responsibilities in the whole duration of the rehearsals. Talk about time management J. Also, we certainly do not pretend to be as gifted as the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” contenders or the Mastermind dancers. But be prepared to be surprised by how well “conservative and shy Father XYZ” dances. Some teaser videos have been posted on social media to tickle our fancy.

Meanwhile, please keep us, your priests, in your prayers. There is nothing in our hearts except our sincere desire to live a life worthy of our Master and Lord. We will try our best to have the heart of Christ whose love is pure and boundless, the hands of Christ who reached out to both the deserving and the underserving, the feet of Christ who wandered and searched the least and the lost. We do humbly acknowledge that we have and had moments of weakness. But those weaknesses, notwithstanding, will never discourage us from rising every time we fall and meekly placing our lives in the service of God.

In this DAYAW, please allow us to serenade you, the people of God in the Diocese of Borongan, with songs coming from our heart. Never mind the dancing; we were not trained for it J. The performances will be held in Dolores (August 13), Borongan (August 29), Balangiga (September 27), and Guiuan (October 4).

Thank you for your love and patience.

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