ANG DATING DAAN CHORALE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST GOSPEL CHOIR CATEGORY

Quezon City, Philippines. Ang Dating Daan Chorale is the new title holder for the largest choir singing gospel songs. Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem, Adjudicator of the Guinness World Record ,  teary-eyed while witnessing the chorale.

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The Smart Araneta Coliseum is filled up and it is a magical moment to see the 8,688 choir singers singing in harmony with precise synchronization of steps.

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After singing the 4 songs medley, videos from members whose lives were changed after hearing Bro. Eli Soriano’s preachings form the Bible.  The broadcast started from the English Channel via The TOP channel or The Old Path Channel, moved north to the Spanish speaking countries like Uruguay and currently spreading vastly throughout Brazil.

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Bro. Eli Soriano said, “I believe that I am not walking by myself.” As he cited in Jeremiah 15:15, “O Lord, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy long-suffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.”

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“This persecutions I have experienced made me realized that it is not only the Philippines is loved by God. I left 2005, I found green pastures, pastures for souls. People who lost hope in life. an intended mission on exposing the truth from the Bible. As we celebrate the 35th year, I am very thankful to my Lord . They are haunting me when I came to this place. I thank God with those years have passed because I am protected by the Lord.”

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“I am thankful and hope the Lord will bless the business representatives to this humble gathering of this less fortunate in the eyes of men. What we call in the society as disabled persons, but not in the eyes of God. May God bestow us power, wisdom to do his will.”

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Related videos:

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A Look back at Floripa, Brasil…

The Members Church of God International will celebrate its quarterly International Thanksgiving to God come July 3 to 5.   Brethren from different parts of the globe will again witness the glory and power of God’s teachings from the Bible leaded by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

A look back at the wondrous event that took place at Sta. Catarina, Florianopolis, Brasil.

The venue…

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Singing of the whole congregation in different languages.

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It is such a delight to see our preachers face to face. In 2 John 1:12 it says,

 “Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.” 

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Also present during the event are some of the representatives from Spanish speaking countries. This is the fruit of the countless hours and effort to spread the words of God

Delegates from the Spanish speaking countries like Colombia.

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There is a post for emergency. Doctors, nurses and volunteers are also visible for the needs of the brethren especially for the elders.

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Three days had gone so fast…

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Sunrise…

Photo credit: Fabicio Noguiera

Photo credit: Fabricio Nogueira

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A new day has come. Anticipating…

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Happy International Thanksgiving to God!

A Tragic Vow to the Black Nazarene

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[ photo taken from Google ]

A vow turned into tragedy. The director of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council [MDRRMC] Johnny Yu confirmed that a member of the Hijos del Nazareno, Renato Guryon, 44, died on the day of the procession  in January 9, 2015 while managing a sea of devotees wanted to have the chance to wipe or touch the Black Nazarene’s feet. Seeking for healing, personal requests and good fortune was the main reason for this clamor to get close to the statue. Guryon and the group were securing the carriage since Thursday night which aggravated their fatigue.

“Have we understood them well enough and guided them properly? have we communicated to the ‘devotees’ properly?”  — Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio,  Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

For 494  years of Catholic existence in the Philippines since it was first introduced on a Sunday of March 31st,  it is such an interesting surprise to know that the rector and parish priest of the Quiapo Church, Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, through the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, an article entitled, Understanding the Devotion to the Black Nazarene, he wrote that they, too, is still to understand the devotees kind of spirituality, “We understand the apprehensions of our brothers in the ministry because we, ourselves, have not fully understood the depths of this devotion. And admittedly, when emotions run too high without reason, fanaticism sets in. ”

The devotees were looking for the following:

  • miraculous healing
  • transformation of spirit and personality
  • they were believed to be holy places where miracles happen and prayers were heard.

 

The parade of the Black Nazarene originally came from Mexico. A long been tradition that the Filipinos adopted. The color came about when the boat caught on fire that made the once white statue to a burnt one. Now, it is carried off by a gold carriage and the devotees wore maroon. This is held yearly at Quiapo, Manila.

A belief that whosoever touch the Black Nazarene will be healed and devotees from different parts of the country and tourists alike rub and kissed the Nazarene. The lighting of candles, performing mass, changing of clothes, holding the Nazarene, novena, parade, taking off foot-wears and walking in knees are some of the rituals that majority of the devotees do in the anticipation of the actual parade.

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[ pictures taken  from  Google ]
Devotees believed that it is the place that God showers his blessings in the church. But time passed that most attendees present in Quiapo came not to worship. Many of them came to sell souvenir items. Small and big replicas of the Black Nazarene — made out of plastic, wood and stones. But the most common is the handkerchief which devotees rub to the feet and face believed to heal anything that touches it.

 

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 Taking time to a “holy” event that vendors dug in to this occasion to produce some money and others for sentimental reason for the thousands of devotees gathered around the country. This festivity is held every 9th of January. The devotees joins the parade “barefoot” as a sign of humility.
The Metro Manila Development Authority [MMDA] set a traffic rerouting scheme for the Friday’s procession.

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Although the government had set some rules and rerouting schemes, still people are injured and many are suffocated due to the massive crowd that circled the Black Nazarene just to get a hold and wipe off its feet. Dr. Eric Tayag, Health Assistant Secretary said that 1,686 patients had already been attended as of 6 p.m. and that does not include the hours after the parade.

 

Here are some of the reactions of our fellowmen of last year’s event:

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At the end of the day, it is us who make our life decisions. It’s just a matter of principle. What is right and what is just. What is clear and what is just absurd.

Rev. Anton Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila and head of the papal visit subcommittee on media relations said in an interview of the Asian Journal that the Black Nazarene feast is a dry-run for the up-coming papal visit of Pope Francis.  “Yes, the Black Nazarene fiesta is a dress rehearsal for the papal visit, especially the culminating mass at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, manila on January 18.

It is just so sad that the feast that supposed to have healing miracles is also an event that caused another his life and to others, injuries.

It had been long practiced but what does the Bible says in these occasions?

Totoo bang ang pagluhod sa mga larawang inanyuan o graven image ay paggalang lang daw at hindi pagsamba?

http://a.mcgi.me/nt

Zambrano, Chiara. “Black Nazarene Devotion: Deep Faith or ‘idolatry’?” N.p., 8 Jan. 2014. Web.

Ignacio, Clem. “Understanding the Devotion to the Black Nazarene.” Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. National Liturgical Congress, 12 Apr. 2012. Web.

Tangi, Rocelle. “Dry Run for Papal visit.” Asian Journal. N.p., Jan. 2015. Web.