Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir performs in Madaba, tours Amman

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Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir performs in Madaba, tours Amman

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

On Sunday, August 11, the Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir, coming from Wadi al-Nasara in Homs, Syria, held its first eve of hymns at the Church of John the Baptist in Madaba with a hymn titled, "The voice of hope overshadows the moan of pain and groans".

Among those in attendance were the general supervisor of the choir Bishop Elias Toumeh, parish priest Fr. Firas Arida, Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader, Fr. Manuel Bader, assistant parish priest Fr. Salem Loulos, Dr. Rene Haddad of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies in Amman, and a group of parishioners.

At the outset of the hymn eve, CCSM Director Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader welcomed the choir coming from the brotherly city of Homs noting the choir includes the finest voices of young men and women of Syria which is a sign of hope whereby the sound of peace is louder than the sound of war, and that the melody of hope is definitely more beautiful than the horns of despair.

The hymn eve included a collection of oriental hymns, as well as a number of songs composed by members of the choir which reflected the message of peace, love, hope and steadfastness in the homeland. The event also included songs for Jordan.

One of the members of the choir delivered an address saying, '' 'Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole promised land.' We are blessed to visit today the Holy Land of Jordan. On this land Prophet Moses ascended to Mount Nebo and was comforted by seeing the Promised Land. What we need today, while we are in the midst of a bloody war in Syria, is to rise with our minds and hearts to the mountain of God's mercy, so that we may be comforted by the Lord of the Prophet Moses.''

He added: "The Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir serves as the only source of condolence for us in wartime. We composed melodies that comfort us and comfort those who hear us. May the voice of hope overshadow the moan of pain and groans. We are the children of Damascus, the homeland of Saint Simeon Stylites where the teachings of Ephrem the Syrian were instilled into us."

He concluded his speech saying: "We have come to you today from the Holy Land of Syria, where the apostle Paul began his apostolate to our second country, Jordan. We came to Jordan to see Lord Jesus Christ baptized by John in the Holy Land, and hear the voice of God saying: "This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. And we respond, shouting: O You who appeared and illuminated the world, may glory be to You. "

It is noteworthy that the Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir visited on Sunday, August 11, a number of religious sites in Madaba including the Prophet Musa Shrine on Mount Nebo, the Greek Orthodox Basilica of Saint George, and the Jordan Biblical Map in Madaba at the Melkite Roman Catholic Church where meals were presented by Caritas Jordan.

OUR LADY OF THE HOLY VALLEY CHOIR TOURS AMMAN

On the second day of their visit to Jordan, Monday, August 12, members of Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir proceeded to the Martyrs of Jordan Church in Marj Al-Hamam in Amman, then they visited the Latin Vicariate in Sweifieh where they met with Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali. During the visit, general supervisor of the choir Bishop Elias Toumeh presented a briefing on the establishment of the choir and the life in Syria. Then the choir members visited the Roman Theater in Amman to get acquainted with some Roman traces in the capital.

Later, the choir members proceeded to Karak to perform their second eve of hymns.

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 11:13
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