“He, who sings, prays twice!”
The world is wonderful. The reality surrounding us, in all its wealth, is unpredictable and open to the needs of all people, especially young people. Every single day gives us many options from which we can choose: to discover our talents, to gain education, to grow spiritually, to make new friendships, to travel, to start working, to start family, and many, many more. Thus, it is worth to ask yourself some fundamental questions: what is the base on which we are building our daily lives? What is the foundation upon which we are building our personality? Faith - a living and lasting relationship with God should be the foundation of all our decisions. We address Him not only in the form of prayer, conversation, but also via music or singing which come from the depths of our hearts.
For us, the members of the newly formed music ensemble of the Home of John Paul II Foundation, singing and music are the essence of our relationship with God. An excellent opportunity to learn more about this kind of prayer provided the Music Workshop which was held in Żodino, a beautiful town located in the Minsk region of Belarus. The Music Workshop was held from March 10-12, 2017. Due to various reasons, not all members of the ensemble were able to attend the workshop. Therefore, we went to Belarus in a group of five people. Our group was led by Rev. Roman Broda, fellowship recipient of the Foundation. The Evangelical Music Project “Fish” and local priests organized this unique workshop. Group’s workshops, conferences, and prayer meetings were held in the rectory of Our Lady of Fatima parish. On Saturday, each participant attended a guitar playing lesson or singing lesson. The Sunday Eucharistic was enriched with religious songs performed by attendees of the music workshop. After the liturgy, there was a concert during which we presented to the parishioners and guests our music repertoire prepared during workshop.
The trip to Belarus was full of adventures, joy, good humor and new ideas. However, the most precious was the sense of closeness to God, who was constantly watching over us. Traveling through smaller or larger towns, we were able to admire Belarusian landscapes and numerous cultural monuments. On the way back to Lublin, we were sharing impressions realizing that every way of addressing our Lord (via prayer, singing, music, worship) needs to done with open, humble heart and consciousness of His presence. We also realized that we, members of the just established music group, should jointly define the goals and priorities of our present and future activities. It is important to create a single ‘organism’ which develops on the basis of authentic faith in God.
We sincerely thank to all who, in any way, contributed to our trip to Żodino, and over there expressed their kindness. May the Lord reward them with abundance of blessings.