Music and singing

“THOSE WHO SING, PRAY TWICE” said St. Augustine of Hippo…

A los filipinos les gusta mucho la música… así dicen muchos…aunque es también verdad que hay filipinos que no cantan 😉 Y mucho mayor placer cuando se trata de Música Litúrgica, pues se ofrece a Dios a quien se debe toda gloria…


Foto de Our Lady of Manaoag, que ha visitado recientemente la parroquia

Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Mandaluyong City, Filipinas.

Mi hermano menor, GLEN, es el organista principal en esta Iglesia. My younger brother, Glen, is the chief organist at this Church.  He enjoys it a lot…and I enjoy it that he likes it…and I give a lot of thanks to God… One benefit is that I get to ask him to send me the lyrics and mp3’s and musical scores (playable via Finale Reader) of some of the more important liturgical songs played and sung in the various Parishes.


Déjame compartir contigo los archivos de algunas canciones // Lemme share with you just a few of the songs that I have in my files [send me an email/comment if you are looking for a particular song & I’ll check if I can get it for you 😉 ]:


Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, give me strength. Hear me, Jesus. Hide me in Thy wounds that I may never leave Thy side. From all the evils that surround me, defend me.  And when the call of death arrives, bid me come to Thee that I may praise Thee with Thy saints…forever.  Hear me, Jesus. Hide me in Thy wounds that I may never leave Thy side (Transpose) From all the evils that surround me, defend me. And when the call of death arrives, bid me come to Thee that I may praise Thee with Thy saints…forever.


Give thanks with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy One; Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son (Repeat Once).

And now, let the weak say “I am strong”. Let the poor say “I am rich” because of what the Lord has done for us (Repeat Once).

Coda: Give thanks (Give thanks). Give thanks (Give thanks). We give thanks.


Lord, I come to You. Let my heart be changed, renewed, flowing from the grace that I found in You.  And Lord, I’ve come to know, the weaknesses I see in me will be stripped away by the power of Your love.

Hold me close Let Your love surround me. Bring me near Draw me to Your side. And as I wait, I rise up like an eagle. And I will soar with You, Your Spirit leads me on with the power of Your love.

Lord, unveil my eyes. Let me see You face to face. The knowledge of Your love as You live in me. And Lord, renew my mind, as Your will unfolds in my life, in living everyday by the power of Your love.

Coda And I will soar with You, Your Spirit leads me on with the power of Your love.


So good, so kind, so merciful, so just. So pure, so righteous, so with us.  So wise, so faithful, so full of grace. So steadfast, So loving is the Lord!

Who is like Thee? Who is like Thee, O Lord? Coda Who is like Thee? (There is none like You) Who is like Thee, (There is none like You) O Lord?

🙂  🙂  🙂

“I Will Sing Forever of Your Love, O Lord”

Piano accompaniment (by Glen):

🙂  🙂  🙂


I found the music (to the song ‘Amo a Laura’ [“I Love Laura”], sung by the group “LOS HAPPINESS”, sent by my Spanish friend Juan León to my student Justine Eligio)!!!

So cute! So WHOLESOME!!! 🙂 😉 Please, let’s spread this!  Here are the LYRICS:


Hagamos juntos, este crucigrama
Aplacemos lo otro para mañana
Cantar contigo, me llena de alegria

Dejemos todo lo demas para otro dia
Quisiera besarte pero sin ensuciarte
Quisiera abrazarte sin dejar de respetarte.
Amar es saber esperar, es saber esperar

Amo a Laura, pero esperaré hasta el matrimonio

No voy a arrancar esa flor,
quien la destruya,
no seré yo…

Let’s do together, this crossword
Let’s wait for tomorrow for the other,
Singing with you, fills me with joy.

Let’s leave everything else for another day,
I’d like to kiss you, but without ‘smearing’ (‘dirtying’) you,
I’d like to embrace you, but w/o ceasing to respect you,
To love is to know how to wait, is to know how to wait.

I love Laura, but I shall wait until marriage.

I’m not gonna pluck out that flower,
Whoever would destroy it, it’s not gonna be me…

Dentro de la canción se escucha este mensaje, antes del CODA:

“Joven, recuerda que el amor nace del respeto
que no hay nada más hermoso en una pareja
que saber esperar juntos
ese momento maravilloso
que es la consumación del amor…

“Young one: remember that love is born out of RESPECT

that there’s nothing nicer in a couple

than to know how to wait together

for that wonderful moment

which is the consummation of love…





Ideas and suggested outlines for a UNIV 2010 Paper on MUSIC:

“To say that music is the most Christian of the arts may seem a contentious statement. Yet what is often forgotten is that all the other art forms were highly developed before the Christian age. Music was the only exception.” (FREDERICK STOCKEN, “Music as a Christian Art”)

“La música tiene algo misterioso; algo que, también por eso, se revela especialmente encantador y profundo….” []