Divine Mercy Church welcomes visitors from afar

A group of eighteen youths accompanied by their conductor and tour guide arrived at the Church of the Divine Mercy, Penang (CDM) on 30th July.

Aug 12, 2017

By Dr Ivan Filmer
A group of eighteen youths accompanied by their conductor and tour guide arrived at the Church of the Divine Mercy, Penang (CDM) on 30th July. They were there to sing a few songs to publicise their Choir Presentation later that evening at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. These young people are part of the 80-member Magnificat Choir from Medan, Indonesia. Their tour guide, Martin Lim, remarked that they were quite excited to come to CDM and were up as early as 4 am. They even brought breakfast with them to eat at church so as not to be late.

They gave a rendition of three songs which they were to perform that night. The audience had an exciting spiritual experience of what young voices can achieve in this musical form of evangelisation. All who witnessed this performance realised the effect such a performance can have to enhance your love for the faith. It was a most memorable event which clearly showed how young people can use their talents to praise and honour God.

That same afternoon saw the arrival of 15 buses of some 600 pilgrims from Sabah and Sarawak. The group was led by Julais Stephen with their spiritual guide, Fr Roney Peter Mailap.

During the Sunday Mass by Fr Roney, he stressed that no one could be saved unless they learned the heavenly language. This heavenly language is Love. At the end of the Mass, Fr Martin Arlando, parish priest of CDM, thanked the pilgrims for visiting CDM and hoped that they would come again.

Julais also commented that he felt very much at home when coming to CDM as there are many parishioners who are from East Malaysia. Many of the pilgrims also bought souvenirs which were blessed by Fr Roney.

After Mass all the visitors were given a drink and a packet of curry puffs as a token of appreciation for their visit before they boarded their buses.

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