Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pope Francis to Visit the Philippines

On January 15, 2015, Pope Francis will be making his first visit to the Philippines.  As part of the preparation for this visit, a prayer and theme song have been written/composed.  Below is the official theme song of the papal visit with music composed and arranged by Noel Espenida and lyrics by Jamie Rivera:



Musical Score: http://www.noelespenida.com/#%21gallery/c16wj

Lyrics:
Do you see these children on the streets
Have you walked the pavements where they sleep
Do you feel their hands when you give them alms
Did you ever give them bread to eat?
Have you seen their homes washed by the floods?
While a mother tightly holds her child
Do you hear the wind of the raging storm?
Can you tell them where it’s coming from?
Let us show our love and honesty
With true kindness and humility
For the God loves the weak and the needy
Just like you and me
We are all God’s children; we are all the same
He is calling us by name to help the poor and lame
And learn what life is really for
it’s to know and love and serve the Lord
Stand together, well let’s do our part
Hear their voices mend their broken hearts
Choose to be brave, fight for their rights
Give them back their honor and their pride
Please do not be blind, and just leave them behind
To struggle in darkness, or give them empty promises
We are all God’s children; we are all the same
He is calling us by name to help the poor and lame
And learn what life is really for
it’s to know and love and serve the Lord



it’s to know and love and serve the Lord
it’s to know and love and serve the Lord
More information on the Papal visit can be found at: http://papalvisit.ph/
This theme song has been playing after every mass at our church, though I have only taken notice of the some of the lines just now.  "Do you feel their hands when you give them alms" is the third line of the song.  When I give alms to those asking either on the streets or outside the church or restaurants, I avoid touching their hands.  I see that it is dirty and I'm mindful of the bacteria.  If for some instance I do, I wipe it right away and if available put alcohol.  Would I intentionally touch a beggar's hand, a hand dirty or even prone to disease?  Quite honestly, I wouldn't and yet this is what this song is calling us to do.  To get to know the poor at a more intimate level and to know that they too are God's children.

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