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Martins, others task youths on sacred music at concert

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Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins

The Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has tasked the Church to concentrate on music that would glorify God, both in rendition and dancing, thereby making a difference between secular and sacred music.

He also advised youths to come up with songs that would encourage morals, as opposed to those that corrupt the mind.

Martins, represented by the Vicar General/Episcopal Vicar, Ikeja Region, Catholic Church, Rt. Rev. Msgnr. John Aniagwu at the Pentecost Concert/Award Dinner and N50m fund raising, organised by Lagos Archdiocesan Music Commission (LAMCOM) in conjunction with Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, explained that music has always been an important aspect of Christian worship, which dated back to Biblical times. He added that Christian worship would be incomplete without sacred music, regarded as a kind of offering unto God.

He said the Church frowns at immodest dressing in the Church and outside, as well as youths indulging in pornography. So, importance is attached to modest dancing in Church.

The cleric, who said Christian music and dressing should always glorify God, warned the Church to desist from borrowing and importing into the Church music and dressing that encourage immorality.

The Director of LAMCOM, Rev. Fr. Peter Osuntope, said the event was organised to reward some Lagos clergy and laities and beyond for promoting sacred music.

He disclosed that LAMCOM was established to train and musically equip participants to God’s glory.

Successful participants are issued certificates, as they are expected to convert their musical talent into musical career, with a view to earning a living.

He added that one of the aims of the fund raising was to give scholarship to students of Cecilian Academy.

“We currently have 65 students in the Diploma class and 106 participants in the preparatory programmes, with a team of lecturers, who are professional musicologists and liturgists with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree,” he said.

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