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SMC choirs to sing Christmas carols

first_imgThis Sunday, the 28th annual Lessons and Carols event will take place at the Church of Loretto at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Department of Music, the Department of Communication, Dance and Theater and the Church of Loretto. Regina Wilson, assistant director of Campus Ministry, said Lessons and Carols is a gathering of prayer that was started by the Church of England. Readers recite scripture, and Saint Mary’s and the Church of Loretto’s choirs sing sacred songs of the season, she said. “The readings and lessons are readings that we carefully select based on theme,” Wilson said. “This year we picked readings that convey or represent images of Mary. And they aren’t all scripture. For instance there’s a lovely poem by Hildegard Von Bingen that we’ve used several times and that we are going to read again this year,” she said. The event begins with a procession of the choirs singing a congregational song. Readings and lessons with either choral or congregational signing alternate, Wilson said. The choirs include women’s choir, liturgical choir, collegiate choir, Loretto choir and Hand Belle Choir. A candlelight ceremony featuring “Silent Night” closes the event, she said. “We invite different people from the College to do the readings. We have seven different lessons and readings,” she said. “… Of the seven readers there are two faculty members, one student, two sisters, a couple of ministers so it is a representation of the College.” The readings often relate back to the mission of Saint Mary’s and to the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Wilson said. “It is very connected with the mission of the sisters of the Holy Cross so the readings often have something to do with justice,” she said. “And this year in particular to Mary and justice to Saint Mary’s to some of the thematic elements.” After participating in Lessons and Carols in 2012, sophomore Maria Wesler said she chose to participate for a second year as part of women’s choir because the event was a lovely experience. “[The Church of Loretto} is just so beautiful,” Wesler said. “The way you can hear everyone sing in there and [the way it] echoes is gorgeous,” she said. Saint Mary’s students also recognize the importance of keeping tradition and the value it has for the College, Wesler said. “It’s a part of maintaining the culture and also maintaining the values of Saint Mary’s,” she said. “I would say Lessons and Carols would probably be a good part of the Saint Mary’s tradition because it does keep alive the certain values that our school holds sacred like religion. Wilson said she believes the event is a celebratory occasion for the community to be in prayer together. “I find it to be an experience of prayer,” she said “… There are a lot of people that have been coming for years. This is their advent thing to participate in.” Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]last_img read more

‘TEST MORE PEOPLE’ | WV COVID tally now at 18 as 2 more in…

first_imgA total of 28,734 out of 45,388 PUMsin the region completed their 14-day quarantine. “Seguraduhon ta kon positive or indi,” thecity mayor told city hall reporters. As of yesterday,this city has 54 patients under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 and 2,389persons under monitoring (PUMs). PUMs, on theother hand are persons with a history of travel to areas with confirmedCOVID-19 cases but not showing symptoms. One has recovered (the 56-year-old PatientNo. 1 from Bacolod City) while one remains in critical condition (the 40-year-oldPatient No. 7 from Bacolod City). He had a history of exposure to IloiloCity’s first COVID-19 case (from Mandurriao district, the region’s Patient No.3). They were together in a convention, said Juanico. WHO said these symptoms are usuallymild and begin gradually, and that some people become infected but don’tdevelop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. According to WHO, some people withCOVID-19 may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. “We are very lucky may ara kita laboratory and test kits. So ang pwede ta ma-swab, i-swab ta na,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN According toTreñas, DOH-6 delegated the task of taking specimens to the City Health Office. Region-wide as of 12 noon of March 29,DOH-6 recorded 370 PUIs of which 135 tested negative; 102 have also beendischarged while 103 remain in hospitals. The two newCOVID-19 cases brought Western Visayas’ tallyto 18. On the other hand, the region’s PatientNo. 18 is a 51-year-old female from Guimbal, Iloilo – a househelp of theregion’s Patient No. 2 (the 59-year-old male from Guimbal with a history ofexposure to relatives from Japan and Canada). Western Visayas’ 17th positive case –and this city’s third case – is a 44-year-old male from Jaro district. PUIs are personsshowing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, andtiredness, among others). Three of Patient No. 3’s closecontacts have been traced already for quarantine, added Juanico. The specimenswould be analyzed at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriaodistrict. ILOILO City – Thiscity and Iloilo province have two more residents who tested positive for thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with both appearing to be cases of localtransmission. Wary that local transmissions could progress to a sustained community transmission, Mayor JerryTreñas called for stepped up testing. Patient No. 17’s condition isimproving although he remains in isolation, according to Dr. Jane Juanico,Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s focal person for COVID-19. “I am very sorry nga kun kis-a gapangakig ako. But youknow this is not the time for us to be complacent,” said Treñas. The provinces of Antique and Guimarashave no confirmed case yet as this was being written. Juanico earliersaid Western Visayas has 5,000 test kits from the DOH central office. Each kitcan test 22 specimens for a total of 110,000 for the whole region.WVMC can test a maximum of 44 specimens per day, said Juanico.The city government has also ordered 2,500 test kits from South Korea. Treñassaid these will be arriving on Apri l 4. The rest were “admitted and stable” or“improved and isolated”, said Juanico. “We are verylucky may ara kita laboratory andtest kits. So ang pwede ta ma-swab,i-swab ta na,” said Treñas. COVID-19 testkits are available already, he stressed. Patient No. 18 is asymptomatic (notshowing COVID-19 symptoms), said Juanico, and currently on home quarantine. Sheis the fifth confirmed COVID-19-positive case in Iloilo province. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Aklanremain at three; still one in Capiz; one in Negros Occidental; and five inBacolod City. The World Health Organization (WHO)continues to recommend that testing, isolating and treating every suspectedcase, and tracing every contact, must be the backbone of the response to theCOVID-19 pandemic in every country. Of the region’s 18 positive cases, twoalready expired – the 72-year-old Patient No. 11 from Iloilo City and the 70-year-oldPatient No. 16 from Lambunao, Iloilo. Most people (about 80 percent) recoverfrom the disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Aroundone out of every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill anddevelops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those withunderlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems ordiabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness, said WHO./PNlast_img read more