Butterworth Parish holds multilingual Easter High Praise

The Butterworth Catholic community continued in their rejoicing this Easter season as they came together for High Praise II: Jesus Lives, at Sts Chastan and Imbert Church on May 5, 2019.

May 18, 2019

By Kathlin Ambrose
The Butterworth Catholic community continued in their rejoicing this Easter season as they came together for High Praise II: Jesus Lives, at Sts Chastan and Imbert Church on May 5, 2019. The praise and worship event in four languages saw the participation of about 300 parishioners. It’s theme was from the scriptural text of John 11:25-26, I am the resurrection and the life. Everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

Following the success of the inaugural High Praise I, which was conducted in English last November, assistant parish priest Fr Louis Loi brought together a team of singers and musicians from the four language groups for a bigger High Praise II. Fr Loi shared that although there were challenges during the planning and practice stage, the opportunity to share the joy of worshipping God was truly meaningful.

The event kicked off with the Easter song Celebrate Jesus Celebrate, which saw the crowd on their feet in enthusiastic participation. As the evening progressed, the team led everyone in singing popular worship hymns including, Breathe, Above All, How Great is Our God, Glory to Glory and This I Believe in Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil, and English.

Between the praise and worship sessions, guest speaker Andre Ong gave short talks on the call to evangelise. He spoke about the hunger man feels for God. Therefore, it is our responsibility as Catholics to share the Good News with those around us. He added that to be effective evangelisers, we must first have knowledge of our own faith and belief in it, which will then spill over into our day-to-day actions, making us convincing witnesses of our faith. In emphasising the important role of witnesses, Ong quoted Pope St Paul VI who, in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are first witnesses.”

The event ended with the singing of the Lord’s Prayer, after which parish priest, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu gave everyone a blessing.

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