Holy Cross Catholic Parish choir Aladinma Owerri ends week in grand style
It was indeed a remarkable event as Holy Cross Catholic Parish choir, Aladinma ended its maiden choir week and concert which lasted from Monday 21st to Sunday 27th of November 2016.
The occasion which was a unified effort of the four choirs in the parish had as its theme “Concert of love and thanksgiving”. This as the first of its kind was an attempt to build a fusion of voices to produce melodious harmony for the singing glory of God’s name. It was also an effort to raise funds for the procurement of a pipe organ for the parish.
The activity-packed event featured among other things, a visit to the prisons. It was quite an emotional moment as the inmates were entertained as well as consoled by the songs that were sung by the choir. The inmates watched in amazement as gift items were offered and prayed that such visits be repeated often.
Speaking at the choir seminar/workshop held at the church premises, the guest speaker a renowned musicologist, Mr. Boniface Akpan, stressed on performance and liturgical perspectives. He pointed out that since the church is built on an old defined solemnity of celebration, performances therefore are guided by certain principles, the church setting and of course respect for liturgical demands. He noted that music was an integral part of the liturgy.
Also delivering a speech at the retreat, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Okoroafor emphasized on the attributes of liturgical assembly. He explained that the choir must function in a synchronized harmony to conform to the liturgy and its tradition. Fr. Hyacinth advised on the need to participate actively and sacramentally. He stressed that the choir must be disciplined in order not to be distracted while performing.
The choir week was rounded off with outstanding performances both choral and cultural by the host choir Holy Cross Catholic Parish Aladinma, visiting choirs St. Joseph’s Chaplaincy Imo State University Owerri, Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma and St Maria Goretti Ikenegbu Owerri. The concert was dedicated to the honour of late Mrs. Ozioma Oparaji. She was an active and committed member of the choir, unfortunately she took the final bow and joined the saints in heaven.