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Suggested Mass Line-Up for November 20, 2011 (Christ the King)

Sunday, November 20, 2011
Solemnity of Christ the King – Year A
(Dakilang Kapistahan ng Paghahari ni Kristo sa Sanlibutan)

Liturgical Color: White

Happy Kristori to everyone!!!

Well, this Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King. The name is found in various forms in scripture: King Eternal (1 Timothy 1:17), King of Israel (John 1:49), King of the Jews (Mt. 27:11), King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16), King of the Ages (Book of Revelation 15:3) and Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5).
This Sunday we come to the end of this liturgical year, and as always, we look to the future; the ultimate future when Jesus will return in glory for the final judgment. The Church calls this Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, a feast on which we celebrate God’s Kingdom – God’s Rule.
Pope Pius XI established this Feast in 1925 at a time when fascism was on the rise and the world was about to experience Hitler and Mussolini. How different Christ’s rule is from the ruthless governance of these men. Although these tyrants were not Kings, they reigned in ruthlessness and cruelty. And, even in death, still have the power to make the world shudder in fear. Will it happen again – to us, we hear ourselves asking?
We have so many bad memories etched in our consciousness from a history of ruthless leaders – even Kings. Many, including myself, become uncomfortable when the term ‘King’ is applied to Jesus. But, we really shouldn’t. Listen to what Jesus said: 
“My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over…but as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Then Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.” And the truth that Jesus came to testify to was God’s love, God’s mercy, God’s forgiveness, and God’s call to repentance.
Jesus’ Kingdom is not about ruthless power, or royal attendants, or all those things we think of when thinking of kings. Lumen Gentium describes Christ’s Kingship in these few words, “to reign is to serve.” Matthew Gospel sums it up best, I think, when it says: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, to give his life as a ransom for the many” (Mt. 20:28).
We, the people of God rejoice this Sunday in God’s Love. We hear Ezekiel’s prophecy hundreds of years ago, and we know it is the truth:  “the lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal…” In humble repentance we accept the embrace of the Good Shepherd, and know that goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life, and that we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Not that we deserve it, but because Jesus gave his life for us – the ultimate act of service. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (Jn.10:11) Jesus loves Us!!
The Kingdom of God is amongst us – in our midst. This is what we believe. God is with us. God is always there for us, and God is always ready to help us live by God’s ways. We must always remember that God is always ready to forgive and comfort us when we repent. At times we might tend to doubt or feel unworthy. Maybe it is when we have acted in some deplorable manner. Maybe it is when someone else has acted in an unloving – unchristian manner. But then we hear the call of the Good Shepherd, “Come, come to me all that are weary.” We remember God’s love -God’s mercy. We find hope again, and surrender in repentance to the God who cherishes us. We keep on going, telling God we’re sorry, accepting God’s forgiveness, trying even harder, and remembering to pray for the wayward and our enemies. Listen to the words of an anonymous poet:
The Voice of the Good Shepherd
There is a mirror, deep inside,
A mirror, I would like to break.
In this mirror is only me,
The real me that others see.
Once I looked, and what I saw,
Was a me, I did not like.
Then one day, I looked again,
What a wretch, I heard me say.
So once more I looked again,
And there I was, the sinful me!
In my distress, I said a prayer,
And then I heard,
Come to me.
No God’s Kingship is not about self-serving, ruthless power, but about a God who is infinite love. Accepting Christ as King means that we strive to live like the Good Shepherd. It should not be surprising, therefore, to hear what Jesus says about the Day of Judgment, and how we will be judged: Let us listen to his words again:
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
We, God’s people, are loved and mercifully cherished. Each one of us has heard God’s call to repentance, and been mercifully forgiven, and embraced by the Good Shepherd. Having accepted God’s loving embrace, we recognize our faults, our failings, our sinfulness, and are confident that God loves us and forgives us. As God’s people we also recognize that God expects us to open our hearts to God’s merciful and loving ways. This Feast of Christ The King is a reminder to each of us that we too are called to return God’s love by loving our neighbor, as ourselves. This is what God expects of us, and this is how Jesus will judge us. And I hope how GOD loves us, we will love our enemy and friends back. We will be a broadminded not a narrow one. We will be both sided, not one. For GOD treated us equally, kumbaga sa binisaya pa “Way pinalabi.” But some people, especially those who serve in the Church, like us, don’t know this kind of attitude. We don’t even know how to do or to live the words from the Holy Scripture that we read every day. For choirs like us, we don’t even know how to apply the lyrics of the songs we sing into our lives. Try to understand the lyrics that we sing and I know you will understand that the message of the song is for us and for those who attended the mass. In other words, there is EXEMPTION.
Let us pray this Sunday that we will always strive to be open to the loving God that created us, died for us, and shows us the way, and invites us to eternal happiness. And, let us pray that we never lose our way, so that we never hear these words on the day of judgement:
“Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me. Depart from me….”
Here are my suggestions of songs for the Christ the King mass on Sunday.

1.      Himaya Kanimo (Koro Viannista), prioritize verse 1 and 2 good for Gospel
2.      Ang Hari sa Himaya, Ania Na
3.      Ang Ginoo Gahari Karon
4.      Pagbubunyi ("Dahil inako ng Kristong Hari kaligtasan ng Kanyang lipi.") 
5.      Bayan Umawit ("Iisang lipi, iisang Diyos, iisang hari...") 
6.      All Glory, Laud and Honor (Theodulph) “to thee redeemer king”
7.      Let heaven rejoice ("Hosanna to our King")

1.      Kyrie (Mass 8 Villanueva)
2.      Panginoon Maawa Ka
3.      Lord Have Mercy  or you can do the English version of Chant or even the latin

1.      Gloria (Mass 3 Villanueva)
2.      Papuri sa Dios (Bukas Palad)
3.    Luwalhati sa Dios
4.      Glory to God (Bukas Palad)

First Reading:
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Yahweh says, “I Myself will care for My sheep and watch over them, as the shepherd looks after his flock. As for the flock, Yahweh will distinguish between one sheep and another, and set apart rams and goats. 

Responsorial Psalm:
Psalm 23:1-6
The Lord is my Shepherd. There is nothing I shall want. 

Second Reading:
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
The end will come, when Christ delivers the kingdom to God the Father. 

Gospel Acclamation/Alleluia:
1.      Pangitaa ang Gingharian, good choice for the celebration
  1. Alleluya Wikain Mo
3.      Seek Ye First

Mathewt 25:31-46’s consequential lines are about the following: 
1. The parable of putting the sheep on Christ’s right and the goats on His left. 
2. I was hungry and you fed Me; I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed Me into your house. Lord, when did we see you as such? Whatever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me... Whatever you did not do for one of these little ones, you did not do for Me.’
3. These will go into eternal punishment, but the just to eternal life.

1.      Daygon Ikaw, Ginoong Dios, swak for the celebration. We should be thankful for HIM
2.      Gasa sa Gugma (Koro Viannista)
3.      Paghahandog ng Sarili (..."Pagharian lahat ayon sa kalooban Mo...") 
4.      Mula sa 'Yo ("Buhay ko'y pagharian Mo...")
5.      Ang Tanging Alay Ko. Stanza 3 ang priority. “Aking hinihintay ang ‘Yong pagbabalik, Hesus. Ang makapiling Mo’y kagalakang lubos.” This is so eschatology and triumph of Jesus.
6.      Earthen Vessels (Foley) “gold...wealth...treasure” 

1.      Santos (Mass III Villanueva)
2.      Santo, Santo, Santo (Francisco-Arboleda-Torres)
3.      Holy, Holy, Holy (Dufford-Schutte)

1.      Si Kristo atong Handumon (Cebuano version of Si Kristo ay Gunitain)
2.      Sa Krus Mo (Francisco-Reyes-Torres)
3.      Memorial Acclamation (Marcelo-Fenomeno)

1.      Amen
2.      Dakilang Amen (Francisco)
3.      Amen Alleluia (Bayogos)

Pater Noster:
1.      Amahan Namo
2.      Ama Namin (Francisco-Arboleda-Torres)
3.      Our Father (Pat-Martell)

1.      Tungod Kay Ikaw ang Tuburan (Fernandez) Key of D
2.      Kay Imo Man
3.      Sapagkat Sa’yo ang Kaharian (Francisco-Arboleda-Torress)
4.      For The Kingdom

Agnus Dei:
1.      Kordero sa Dios (Pastorella version by Fr. Villanueva)
2.      Kordero ng Diyos (Hontiveros)
3.      Lamb of God (Folk)

1.      Ang Ginoo Akong Magbalantay (Koro Viannista), swak sa First Reading and Responsorial Psalm
2.      Magsaulog Kita Karon, swak sa Gospel
3.      O Dios Ikaw, Haduol, swak sa First Reading
4.      Awit ng Paghahangad. You might want to prioritize Stanza 3. ("Magdiriwang ang Hari...")
5.      Ang Panginoon ay Aking Pastol (Isidro, Ramirez)
6.      Pagkabighani (Alejo, Francisco)
7.      Sa Diyos Lamang Mapapanatag (Isidro, Que) Prioritize Stanza 3 “Pastol Kang nagmamahal sa kawan”
8.      Ang Mabuting Pastol (Hontiveros)
9.      Hesus na Aking Kapatid (Hontiveros)
10.  One Thing I Ask (Tirol). Best choice. There are all the elements of eschatology, as well as the good shepherd imagery, and even triumph.
11.  If I could Touch You (Francisco) Stanza 3 and counterpoint ang priority. “What you do to your brethren, you do it for Me. I am in the brokenness and woundedness of man.” Although Lenten admittedly, still a very very very good choice.
12.  How lovely Is Your Dwelling Place (Aquino) ("My King and my God.") very good choice.
13.  Like A Shepherd (Dufford) Prioritize Sanzas 2 and 3.

1.      Ang Tawag sa Panahon
2.      Pagbanwag
3.      Ang Tawag
4.      Tanda ng Kaharian ng Diyos 
5.      Ito ang Bagong Araw (Stanza 2: "Kristo Jesus, tunay Kang Hari...")
6.      All the ends of the earth. You might want to prioritize stanza 3.

Hope this will help to your choir… I don’t have a group anymore… So all of you who read this post are my groups from now on… Have a happy day J


  1. @Mac... pasensya ka na at biglaan ang pagpalit ko ng URL ng aking BLOG... Maraming salamat naman at naappreciate mo ang pagpost ko linggo-linggo ng mga suggested songs for the choirs... Better click the follow-button na lang sa kaliwang panel ng blog para hindi ka na mawala at mapapadalhan ka ng link sa iyong email

  2. Good morning..pwede po bà akong makahingi ng suggested guide for choir every month please... ito po yung email aďd ko.. thanks


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