Prayers From The Upper Room

1:36 PM 5/1/2008
Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
Labor Day

As I walked about in a busy mall, I suddenly had the impulse of going to the Record Bar, not planning to buy anything, just browse through albums and check out new stuff from my favorite artists.

I went straight to the Gospel section, looking to see if there’s an earlier Bukas Palad album that I would be interested in having (I already have their latest, Hindi Kita Malilimutan). I also looked for the first Lauds album by Arnel Aquino sj. Not being able to find one, I browsed some more. My eye caught a CD with a title “Prayers From The Upper Room”.

Napabili tuloy ako nang di oras.

Funny, usually I don’t buy out of impulse. But that night, the only logic was, I wanted to listen to the album, I had money, so I bought it. No guilt feeling (of having acted without thinking about it for like, ten times.) about anything.

Upper Room: the name of the place where Jesus had His Last Supper with His friends, where He washed their feet; where Mary and the apostles stayed after Jesus had died; where God manifested the different gifts He gave to the apostles through the Holy Spirit.

Also called the Cenacle.

Like I said before (The Nun-ny Diaries), God sometimes likes to amuse me. I know that Bubbles Bandojo is “Sr. Bubbles” (a nun) but I had no idea that Prayers From The Upper Room was a joint project of the Jesuit Music Ministry and the Congregation of the Religious of the Cenacle. And another thing, I fell in love with one of the songs in the album, “Pag-aalay ng Sarili” (see lyrics below and find out why). Super ganda. After a little research, I found out that Lionel Valdellon wrote the song for the Religious of the Cenacle! (May piyesa na nga ako e. Yay!)

:-)

Si Lord talaga!
Haha.
Para na ba talaga ako sa ‘Yo?

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Pag-aalay ng Sarili
(Lionel Valdellon)

Panginoong Hesus ako ay nakikiisa
sa ‘Yong walang hanggan at walang katapusang
‘sangkatauhang pag-aalay.

Iniaalay ko ang aking sarili sa bawat araw ng aking buhay
At sa bawat sandali ng bawat araw ayon
sa ‘Yong pinaka banal at kagalang-galang na kalooban.

Ikaw ang naging alay para sa ‘king kaligtasan.
Nais kong ako’y maging alay mg ‘yong pag-ibig.

Tanggapin Mo ang aking ninanasa
Kunin Mo ang aking handog.
Malugod Mong pakinggan ang aking hinaing.

Itulot Mong sa ‘Yong pag-ibig ako mamatay,
Itulot Mong sa ‘Yong pag-ibig ako mabuhay.
Itulot Mong ang huling pintig ng aking puso ay
maging tanda ng isang wagas na
pag-ibig ng isang wagas na pag-ibig.