“Eternal Father, strong to save; Whose arm hath bound the restless wave…Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril at the sea.”
Last July 16, 2016, the Magsaysay Children’s Chorale re-immortalized the words of the Navy Hymn and moved church attenders to remember, in awe, all seafarers who brave the toughest conditions on their journeys at sea.
The hymn was a fitting background as the second Philippine Sea Sunday service organized by the Philippine Chapter ambassadors of the Sailor’s Society– an international Christian charity group that supports seafarers worldwide.
Held at the Anglican church of the Holy Trinity in Forbes Park, Makati, the service joins the annual worldwide Sea Sunday celebration also known as the “Thanksgiving Day for Seafarers.” The tradition dates back to 1975.
The chorale did not hold back on the opportunity to sing the hymns of the entire mass. Their songs were their thanksgiving.
Magsaysay seafarers, indirectly help in the continued education of the chorale’s members. Without this assistance, these children would have had limited opportunities to rise from their hard-up conditions.
With grateful hearts, the chorale shared in the unified prayer for all seafarers. The prayer was that all seafarers be kept safe and be strengthened in hope, endurance, and in confidence that they are never forgotten. Prayers also went for the comfort and welfare of the families they leave behind, and for all those that support them.
The chorale came to the event together with Magsaysay CEO Marlon Roño and Homer Foundation Executive Director Alfonso Pablo, Jr. who both sit as ambassadors of the Sailors’ Society Philippine Chapter.