St. Paul’s Chapel Community Choir has today become the first choir to participate in singing mass at the Nuncio’s residence. This is following the honouring the invitation by His Excellency Archbishop Most Rev. Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, who loves music and more so an Oboe player.
During the mass which the co-celebrant was Rev. Fr. Edwin Hunja of St. Pauls Chapel, the choir participated in singing a beautiful rendition of African pieces and some classical pieces, ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ by Mozart. The mixed rendition signified today’s readings where God is the God of all races. “All races are called to worship and praise God because God keeps his covenant forever.” The Apostolic Nuncio said in his Homily. ” We are all invited to trust in Him. Do you sometimes doubt His promises like Sarah or fight His will like Jacob fighting the angel? then welcome to the Christian race.” He comically added, encouraging us to not to feel disappointed when we sometime doubt Gods promises but rather keep praying and remain in faith like Abraham.
The Apostolic Nuncio later invited the St. Paul’s Community Choir for a cup of tea where he shared more about his experience with different cultures and races and enjoyed listening to more African pieces from the choir conducted by Barry Litisi. The Apostolic Nuncio also shared the role of the diplomatic representation of the Holy See citing, among them, the publicity of Holy See documents like Laudato Si. Other roles include Social and Moral teaching of the church and more.
The choir interacted more with the Apostolic Nuncio and sung together a negro spiritual song “Steal Away” by Robert A Benson which was accompanied by an oboe and organ played not by Nuncio but by George Gicheru and Tony Muriuki both members of Community Choir. ” We look forward to being accompanied by an Oboe being played by the apostolic Nuncio next time” requested the choir director Mr Richard Njoroge.
The event was closed by a group photo and blessings from the diplomatic representative of the Holy see to Kenya Most Rev. Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen.