Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Church draws up sacred music guidelines
Experts say there should be a time, place and way for hymns and dances to be performed in ChurchParticipants discussing a draft of instructions on sacred music at the workshop
- ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
- May 4, 2011
Some 86 priests, Religious and laypeople attended the workshop yesterday at the Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Minh City. It was run by the Episcopal Commission for Sacred Music of the Vietnam Bishopsâ€™ Conference.
â€śParticipants discussed general instructions on how to use hymns and musical instruments in liturgical services, train heads of choirs and perform dances during services,â€ť said Father Roco Nguyen Kim Duy, secretary-general of the commission.
â€śThese instructions aim to help Catholics sing hymns well according to Church teaching and get closer to God,â€ť the 57-year-old priest added.
He said the local Church has had no national guidelines on religious music, noting that many heads of choirs use hymns without imprimatur, or not according to liturgical intentions.
Some participants said many Catholics change hymn lyrics, others even use recorded music in services or use secular music at funeral rites.
Father Peter Nguyen Kim Long, a commission deputy, said heads of choirs should choose from 500 hymns from the Collection of Vietnamese Hymns which the commission published in 2009.
Bishop Vincent Nguyen Van Ban, head of the commission, said the Church disapproves of dancing and recorded music during the liturgy.
Bishop Ban said the draft regulations will be revised and finalized at their next workshop scheduled for October 11.
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