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A Night of Unlimited Praise in Lagos

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Rev. Fr Cosmas Mordi (right), Rev. Fr Emmanuel Anyanwu and Rev. Sr. Immaculata Azonobi at the concert

After a successful maiden edition, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Oriyemi-Ipaye Close, Paiko, Idimu, Lagos, recently hosted the second edition of its yearly concert tagged, A Night of Unlimited Praise.

Held at the parish’s premises, the event had an amazing lineup of artistes such as, Micloupraise, P-Might, Kings Praise, Jenny Loben, Ejyke Praise, Sammy King, Angelic Music Lovers, Godswill Pgi, Yomi Praise, Mc Obams, Frank Sax, Mc Okpetu, Snookie 9ja, Kenny Melody, Oluwa Bright, RWC Drama crew, St Lawrence’s and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Group choirs others.

Their music repertoire included, traditional and contemporary gospel, jazz and blues. The peculiarity of this chorus consists in knowing how to mix modern and traditional rhythms, achieving a musical balance of great artistic value.

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It featured a wide array of instruments including: synthesizers, piano, drums, drum machines, bass, violin, guitar and many others.

From 10.00pm, when the concert began, to the wee hours of the morning, these artistes continually belted out classics with the church’s choir supporting them. It was a kaleidoscope of the classical and the millennium gospel.

The event started with praise and worship music. This well-known type of music is used widely in church services. It was a medley of beautifully arranged themes and lyrics that help guests to focus on God as they sang to His glory.

Angelic Singers, a group of young artistes, provided the perfect accompaniment to the praise night while St. Lawrence Choir wowed everyone with there perfect blend of basic elements of gospel music, including ‘call-and-response’, complex rhythms, group singing, and the employment of rhythmic instrumentation.

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The artistes performed a mix of religious and secular music from a repertoire that included songs from Mercy Chinwo, Sinach, Monique Midnight Crew, Mike Abdul and Frank Edward as well as tunes from the old Voice of the Cross, with new arrangements and boundless energy.

Micloupraise, Yomi Praise and Frank Sax combined the delights of gospel and secular for a ‘spiritual awakening’.

There was much to appreciate in their performances, as they made everyone to smile considering the joy they radiated on stage.

Joined by other amazing worship ministers, they created an atmosphere for songs and praise, and lifting genuine worship to the Father and declaring with one voice and one sound that He reigns.

Aside from the voices that entertained with a medley, the audiences were ready to dance round in ecstasy like David.

The event delivered to its audience, the beauty, splendour and depth of classical and contemporary gospel music.

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It was really seven hours and 30 minutes of pure, uninterrupted worship experience: An evening of worship. An evening of soul stirring harmonies enough to lift anyone’s spirits.

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Anyanwu of the Okigwe Catholic Diocese, who celebrated mass at the event before the concert began, said, “the blessing of God is like an aroma and praise/worship is one of the ways of ushering that blessing.”

Speaking on reason for the concert, Rev. Fr. Cosmas Mordi, the Priest-in-Charge of the parish, said, “it is aimed at currying God’s unlimited favours and miracles. It is also a night dedicated to adore and worship Him.”

They were basically popular sounds from some of the country’s contemporary gospel artists.

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