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I will put my spirit in you that you may live. Ez 37: 14

VENI, Creator Spiritus, mentes tuorum visita, imple superna gratia quae tu creasti pectora

Welcome to our Pentecost Prayer Service! This Prayer Service, put together by the Carmelite Friars and the Parish Liturgical Committee, is themed "I will put my spirit with you that you may live" (Ez, 37:14). This evening, we enter into a time of solemn prayer and reflection to ruminate on the gift of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is given to us for our sanctification. Through the Holy Spirit, God's love for us is made manifest. Pope Pius XII reminds us in his Encyclical titled Musicae Sacrae that "Music is among the many and great gifts of nature with which God, in Whom is the harmony of the most perfect concord and the most perfect order, has enriched men, whom He has created in His image and likeness. Together with the other liberal arts, music contributes to spiritual joy and the delight of the soul. On this subject St. Augustine has accurately written: "Music, that is the science or the sense of proper modulation, is likewise given by God's generosity to 4

mortals having rational souls in order to lead them to higher things." (Musicae Sacrae, no. 4-5). Thus, through a series of scripture readings and sacred music, we hope that we will be inspired to grow in awareness about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and become more open to His works in our daily lives. Through this journey, may we grow in truth and love and enter into a deeper communion with God. Have a blessed Solemnity of Pentecost!

The Parish Liturgical Committee Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Singapore


BROTHERS OF CARMEL The St John of the Cross Community, located in Punggol, is the formation house of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in Singapore. Members of the community consist of formandi i.e those in formation, as well as formators. The formation programme lasts 7 to 8 years and covers three stages – Postulancy, Novitiate, and the Studentate. During this time, the formandi receive personal and religious formation in the Discalced Carmelite tradition along with academic formation in Philosophy and Theology. If you would like to explore a possible vocation with the Discalced Carmelite Friars, you may contact the Vocation Director at












In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Presider: All:

Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.


Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.




O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord Amen.

Fr. Ferdinand Purnomo, OCD: “Holy Spirit Come to Us” (Taize) “Living Flame of Love”, John Michael Talbot 14


PART I: HOLY SPIRIT, THE SPIRIT OF HOPE The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Hope (Rom 8: 22-27) We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.


In Christ Alone In Christ alone, my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; this corner-stone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand. In Christ alone, who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe! This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save. Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied. For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live. There in the ground His body lay, light of the world, by darkness slain; then, bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again! And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me; for I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ. St. Cecilia’s Choir: “Send Us Your Spirit”, Dan Schutte “The Lord Is My Hope”, M.D. Ridge 17

PART II: HOLY SPIRIT, THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNION The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Communion (1 Cor 12: 3B-7, 12-13) No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.


622 - 伏求圣神 1. 伏求圣神从天降临,射发神光光照我心; 主为世界普施太平,时常降下七样神恩。 讚美我主永远不停,讚美圣父圣子圣神。 2. 伏求圣神灌泽我心,赐我神慰爱德生命; 主为光明常燃常生,我为瞽盲赐我复明。 讚美我主永远不停,讚美圣父圣子圣神。 3. 伏求圣神赐我认清,天主圣叁待我深恩。 圣父造世圣子降生,圣神助我获享常生。 讚美我主永远不停,讚美圣父圣子圣神。

Cantonese Community Choir:

天主圣神 分享同一圣体


PART III: HOLY SPIRIT, THE SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Forgiveness (Jn 20: 19-23) When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Reflection by Celebrant


Sts. Peter & Paul Choir “The Lord Is My Shepherd”, Jessie S. Irvine (1836-1887) Conducted by Benjamin Tan “Otche Nash (The Lord's Prayer)”, arrg. Kenneth Wee Conducted by Kenneth Wee







Down in adoration falling This great Sacrament we hail, Ancient types have long departed; Newer rites of grace prevail Faith for all defects supplying Where the feeble senses fail. Glory let us give and blessing, To the Father and the Son Honour, might and praise addressing While eternal ages run Equal praise to Him confessing Who proceeds from both as one. Amen.


You have given them bread from heaven.


Having itself all delight.

Let us pray, O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament, left us a memorial of your passion. Grant, we implore you that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood. As always to be conscious of the fruit of our redemption. You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen. 26

THE DIVINE PRAISES Blessed be God Blessed be his Holy name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Blessed be the name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirirt, the paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.

"AVE VERUM CORPUS", Edward Elgar (SPP CHOIR, conducted by Christopher See)

CLOSING PRAYER Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 27



O Queen of Heaven, be joyful, alleluia. For he whom you have humbly borne for us, alleluia. Has arisen, as he promised, alleluia. Offer now our prayer to God, alleluia.


RECESSIONAL Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee: Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessed Trinity. Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be. Holy, Holy, Holy! Though the darkness hide thee, Though the eye made blind by sin thy glory may not see, Only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.



Saint Cecilia’s Choir

Chairperson: Elizabeth Teo ( Fun, Passionate and Family-oriented. These are just some of the words used to describe the Saint Cecilia’s Choir (SCC). Established in 1965, SCC sings for the 11am English Mass every Sunday. Besides Sunday masses, we also regularly support the church in singing for high masses and events such as Easter and Christmas. As a close-knit group, we have regular outings such as rosary sessions and retreats to grow spiritually, as well as social gatherings to unwind and have fun! If you enjoy music, and are interested in joining a ministry in church that is vibrant and upbeat, look no further! We invite you to contact us and be part of our growing family. You may find us at the choir area every Sunday after 11am mass, or contact us via the details above.


CONDUCTORS St. Cecilia’s Choir is led by a group of conductors, who dedicate their time to guide the choir musically. Martin Wu has been with St. Cecilia’s Choir since 2003. He started as a chorister and was trained and taught to Conduct by the-then Choir Mistress Josephine Seet-Tan and Mentor Richard Tan. He has since been conducting for the past 10 years and is currently the Choir Master of St. Cecilia’s Choir. Josephine Seet-Tan has been synonymous with St. Cecilia’s Choir. She has been with the choir since 1965, when the choir started. With over 50 years of experience in the choir, and being the Choir Mistress of St. Cecilia’s Choir for over 40 years, she shares her wealth of experience with the younger generations and continues to equip them to conduct and sing in the Church. Gabriel Khoo has been in the choir since 2006 and has been a Section Leader in the choir, leading the Basses. He recently took on the role of a Conductor and started leading the choir in Masses. 33

“In Christ Alone” (Keith Getty and Stuart Townend) Conducted by Gabriel Khoo This is a contemporary Christian Music with a strong Irish melody. This song is found in the Journeysong Hymnal, and is one of the hymns that the St. Cecilia’s Choir sings during Mass. This hymn reminds us to rely on Christ, for is in Him alone that we will be satisfied. The song highlights the life, death and resurrection of Christ and is a hymn of prayer I use when I am down.

“Send Us Your Spirit” (Dan Schutte) Conducted by Martin Wu This hymn is inspired by Veni, Sanctus Spiritus, the Pentecost Sequence. In St. Cecilia’s Choir, we often sing hymns composed by Dan Schutte, an American composer of Catholic Liturgical music. The gentleness of this hymn almost depicts the gentleness of the Holy Spirit. We sing this hymn every Pentecost and it has become one of our favourite ones – a hymn we always look forward to sing.

“The Lord Is My Hope” (M.D. Ridge) Conducted by Martin Wu This hymn is based on King David’s Song of Praise after he was delivered from the hand of all his enemies. This was composed by M.D. Ridge, an American composer of liturgical music, whose compositions and texts appear often in our Journeysong Hymnal. This is my personal favourite hymn. The confidence this hymn brings to me gives me hope, and my hope is in the Lord. I can feel the confidence and joy of King David from the Old Testament: the joy of overcoming any diversity with the Lord. 34

THE SPP CANTONESE CHOIR GROUP A group of Hong Kong migrants from the Church of Sacred Heart found that there is need in spiritual life for the Cantonese speaking congregations. With the help of Fr Paul Tong and Fr Matthias Tung, the group was found in 1994 and was named Sacred Heart Basic Christian Community - SHBCC (圣心基基团).There are 100 families attending regular cell group meetings in 6 regions within Singapore. With the invitation from Fr Anselm Phang, the group moved to Church of Sts Peter and Paul in 2004, since then, we have regular Cantonese Mass every Sunday at 2:00 pm. The current location is very convenient for all of us, particularly for travellers who are visiting Singapore and senior citizens. The Choir group was set up to provide Cantonese hymn songs during the Mass. They also service the Annual Cantonese National Day Retreat, outreach to elderly homes, funerals and Christmas carolling. The current group leader is Maria Lau (first one from left) who has been serving the group for more than 10 years.


635 - 天主圣神 1.听天主 林和层 2.细草悄 傍徨无 3.我恍见 长鸣垂 4.仰天主 重临慈

圣神流 过小溪 峰, 圣 神 祂 悄伴杨 柳低声 算, 圣 神 呀 将逝年 岁踪迹 涕, 圣 神 呀 圣神怜 我赤心 眷, 圣 神 呀

淙淙, 处於 鸣咽, 听那 荒废, 看那 一片, 一心

再轻抚 天曙晓 那荒野 普世多 再听到 暮云泣 引颈企 只渴想

碧绿丛 光中。 裹羊群 哀怨。 那夜禽 天际。 盼伏求 得见。

(重唱) 请吹遍, 海角天边, 任从你所愿。 风轻, 催我甦醒, 那天主的嘘气, 使我温暖。

452 - 分享同一圣体 (重唱) 我们既分享同一圣体,


1.请教导我们宽恕别人, 如同你宽恕了我们。 教导我们互相爱护, 如同你爱护了我们。 引导我 们跟随着你, 做个温良和善的人; 没有宽恕和互爱, 温良与和善 , 我们何敢领受你的圣身。 2.凡是信仰基督的人们, 都要有牺牲的精神。 在这爱情的圣事内, 我们同体而且同心。 基督在前循循善导, 我们携手跟随前进。 无分种族与文化, 风俗和语言, 因为我们只有一个牧人。 36


STS. PETER & PAUL CHOIR The Sts. Peter & Paul Choir ( serves the liturgy for the Saturday 5:30pm Mass at the Catholic Church of Sts. Peter & Paul (Queen Street). Our aim is to recover the sung traditions of the Roman Rite for the Ordinary Form of the Mass. Our leaders have served in the archdiocesan Liturgical Music Committee (LMC Singapore) and continue to be guided by the Magisterium to arrive at an authentic approach in orthodoxy for the sung liturgies. We are led by our Music Director, Kenneth Wee. If you are keen to learn about the sung treasures of the Church, feel free to email us:





CONDUCTORS Kenneth has been with the Sts. Peter & Paul Choir since 1999. As a student, he was a recipient of the YAMAHA Electone Scholarship and is currently pursuing his Diploma in Music Theory and studying the Pipe Organ under Dr. Evelyn Lim (Dean of the AGO-SG Chapter). He leads the Baritones in VOCE SINGAPORE MEN’S CHOIR under award-winning Choral Director Darius Lim, M.Mus. Christopher joined the choir in 2001 and has been the Chairman of the choir since 2006. He has been a conductor for more than 10 years and is also a proficient Bass guitarist. Benjamin joined us in 2016 and brings his years of experience from conducting various choirs in the past 20 years. Benjamin has been a huge contributor to the choir’s learning resource. He is also a member of the Schola Cantorum Sancti Gregorii Magni (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite). The team is passionate about discovering and sharing Sacred Music through the ages in Catholic Liturgy. 39

The Lord Is My Shepherd (Crimond), Jessie S. Irvine (1836-1887) Conducted by Benjamin Tan The hymn tune is attributed to Crimond, Scotland. The composer is referred to by Ian Campbell Bradley in his 1997 book Abide with Me: The World of Victorian Hymns as standing "in a strong Scottish tradition of talented amateurs". It is believed that Irvine wrote the tune while still in her teens, as an exercise for an organ class she was attending.

Otche Nash (The Lord's Prayer), N. Kedrov (1871-1940), arrg. Kenneth Wee Conducted by Kenneth Wee Composed in 1922, this staple in the repertoire of many Russian Orthodox church choirs features the broad legato movements to depict the unimaginable vastness of God. This arrangement by Kenneth Wee was inspired by the final moments of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as we imagine him praying the same prayer that he had taught his disciples. The theme of forgiveness & submission to the Father features in the text of the prayer.


Ave Verum Corpus, Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Conducted by Christopher See Elgar, who was a prolific English composer, composed his music for ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ in January 1887 following the death of of his father’s friend (and Elgar’s first employer) W A Allen. The text of the Ave Verum Corpus is popularly attributed to Pope Innocent VI (1282-1362) and is often sung during the elevation of the host during the consecration in the Middle Ages.


FATHER FERDINAND, OCD Fr. Ferdinand Purnomo OCD was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. He started singing in church choirs since his time of university studies in Perth, Australia. While working for six years as a Software Engineer in Singapore, he continued singing in church choirs (Church of the Risen Christ and Church of St. Anthony) and was also active in the Legion of Mary. He was one of the 500-member choir singing a selection of Handel’s Messiah at the Voices for Hospices in 1997. He also had the opportunity to sing in an ecumenical community chorus called Celebration Chorus from its inaugural season in the year 2000 until the end of 2002, singing choral works such as J.S. Bach’s Magnificat (2000), John Rutter’s Requiem (2001), Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G (2002) as well contemporary Christian hymns in the hymn festival O Worship the King (2002).

In early 2003, he joined the Carmelite friars in Singapore as a postulant and underwent initial formation until his sacerdotal ordination in the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in August 2011. About three years later, he was sent for specialisation studies in Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, which he expects to complete in September 2017. 42

FATHER EDWARD, OCD Fr. Edward Lim, OCD, joined the Carmelite Friars in 2005 after completing his bond as a Medical Doctor. He completed his Theological Studies in Rome and was ordained to the Priesthood on the 15th of October 2012 at the Church of Christ the King. He currently serves as the Magisterial Chaplain to the Knights of Malta and has recently been appointed to the office of Parish Priest of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and elected as Second Councillor of the Carmelite Friars of the Delegation of Taiwan-Singapore.

Fr. Edward developed a keen interest in Sacred Music since his days as a chorister in the Church of Christ the King. As a Priest of the Parish, he conducted choral training workshops for the choirs of the Parish and has been genuinely concerned for the quality of music for the various Liturgical Celebrations. He also performed at various charity concerts and most notably, at the Archdiocese's SG50 Event together with Friar. Derrick Yap, OFM and Fr. Mark Aloysius, SJ. He will be the Presider for tonight's Prayer Service.



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Parish Liturgy Committee would like to extend their gratitude and appreciations to the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Edward Lim, OCD for presiding over the prayer service, and also to Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Purnomo, OCD for assisting in the commentary. Appreciations and gratitude to the Carmelite Brothers in Formation, as well as to the various parish choirs who participated in the evening’s service. The organizers and participants sincerely thank all who were present for the prayer service and we look forward to hosting you again. Should you have any feedback or queries, feel free to email:

Veni Creator Spiritus, Graduale Romanum, 1974 Adoro te Devote, Parish Book of Chant, 2012 Te Deum, Liber Usualis, 1962 Regina Caeli, Liber Usualis, 1962 Photographs, credits: Bro. Michael Feng (photo of Carmelite Brothers in Formation), Tony Png (various photos of Church of Sts. Peter & Paul), Adrian Lim (photo of Fr. Ferdinand Purnomo), Fr. Edward Lim (photo of self), Kenneth Wee (photos of Cantonese Choir & various for Sts. Peter & Paul Choir), Michael Cheuk (photo of Cantonese Choir), Tony Png (photo of St, Cecilia’s Choir), Martin Wu (photo of conductors for St. Cecilia’s Choir), Ray Alvin (back page photo of Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, publication Panoramio, 2011). Design, illustrations, typesetting by the Parish Liturgy Committee © 2017, Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Singapore. Use with permission. Non-commercial distribution. 45


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