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TANJUNG ARU – In conjunction with Stewardship Sunday 8 July 2018, Stella Maris Parish (SMP) launched a Hymn Festival where parishioners were invited, for the first time in the parish, to participate in hymn composition. The parishioners were given the opportunity and freedom to create and compose a new hymn for the Vision and Mission of the parish.
Eighteen entries were received from individuals and ministries.
The battle of the presentations was officiated by parish priest Msgr Primus Jouil, with Ian Baxter as the main judge, and two other judges in the persons of Jessel Yansalang and Pontius Otigil.
Representing the primary level were Tayneisha Jasmine Roeshan, 9, and her sister Sumeisha Jeslyn Roeshan, 10, who also happened to be the youngest contestants. They had strong support from their parents and grandparents.
Their winning entries were entitled “Children of God’s Delight” and “Christ our Light and Saviour.” They bagged the 1st and 2nd prizes, the first going to Jasmine for her composition “Christ our Light and Savior”.
All 18 contestants received certificates of participation.
In the English open category, the first place went to the Sacristans led by Sister Carmen Cordova, fsic. Second place went to Jonathan Juhakim and third to the JWG Lower Level led by Lainie Lamau.
In the Bahasa Malaysia category, the first place was won by the Kerasulan Bahasa led by Jasmine Eve Petrus who was also the overall winner. The second place was won by KKD St Faustina led by Daniel Anggang and the third went to Eva Stephen.
Contestant Sister Bernardine shared how she was inspired to compose the hymn “Journey Together as Christ-centred Family.” She recalled how the flow of words came to her and with the help of the Holy Spirit she managed to compose a meaningful hymn.
Another contestant Lainie Lamau revealed that she was inspired to compose while ironing her clothes. Slowly, word by word, the hymn “One vision One mission with Love” was created through her discipline and obedience to listen to the inspiration that welled from within.
Jonathan Johakim also shared how he was fired up to create the hymn entitled “Now as we journey together (reaching our vision),” and was grateful to Neil Mah for his guidance.
The parishioners contributed RM2,600 towards this festival, providing for the first prize at RM300, second prize at RM200 and the third at RM150. The overall winner received RM500 with a crystal plaque. – Teresa Alberto