Pope Francis Final Mass: New 'Responsorial Psalm' Guy

Pope Francis' concluding mass in the Philippines took place Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, despite the threats of Storm AMANG, which followed the Pope from Tacloban to Maynila. Estimated crowd at the said mass was 6-million, a new record for a papal gathering as confirmed by the Vatican and of course, among the biggest gatherings ever in the world.

Also aired nationwide on live TV, we have witnessed many moving scenes in the said papal mass, especially the fact that our fellow Filipinos braved the strong rain (due to Tropical Storm Amang/Mekkhala, which, thanks God, has now weakened to a tropical depression) just to attend the mass, among them were President Noynoy Aquino and sister Kris joining the 6-million crowd.

Pope Francis once again inspired everyone with his powerful messages in his homily. Even if just hearing it at home, you'll be struck by his thoughtful and engaging insights.

It was also one proud moment to hear glorious music in the mass, featuring our local talents, from the 200-piece orchestra to the 1,000-voice choir, to the blind girl who did the first reading and the Prince of Pop Erik Santos who sang the responsorial psalm.

Erik Santos singing the Responsorial Psalm at Pope Francis' concluding mass in Luneta (credit to ANC)

Though there were still some who expected Kenneth Rey Parsad, the cute responsorial psalm guy during Pope Francis' first mass in the Philippines last Friday, as the one doing it again:

The new responsorial psalm guy was also a cutie and way more talented. It's hard not to be amazed by how Erik did a heartfelt and soulful singing of the Responsorial Psalm. Great job Erik!

Before Erik, we had Darren Espanto, Jed Madela, Angeline Quinto and Jamie Rivera as performers during Pope Francis' Encounter with the Youth at UST last Saturday, and Lyca Gairanod during the pope's meeting with the families at MOA last Thursday.

Today, the 5th and last day of Pope Francis in Philippines, and will now leave for Rome. Pope's estimated time of departure from Apostolic Nunciature is at 9AM. Let's all wish him a safe trip back home. - Mykiru.ph

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Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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