CATHOLIC200SG Theme Song

“An open call for a Catholic200SG theme song was held early this year, inviting songwriters to submit a song that captures the spirit of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Catholic Church in Singapore.

The theme song committee is happy to announce that this submission has been selected as the Catholic200SG theme song. These are the central themes presented in the song.
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Faith and Obedience

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (142-144) teaches that God calls man, man responds to God’s invitation through faith, and by this “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5), man submits his will and intellect to God.

The Catholic Church in Singapore is the fruit of this “obedience of faith” when God called the founding missionaries 200 years ago and they responded to His invitation to sow the seeds of faith. Our celebration today is possible because many priests, religious and lay people too responded to God’s call to grow the Church.

Through this “obedience of faith”, we are able to rejoice with St Paul that “the Good News … is spreading all over the world and producing the same results as it has among you ever since the day when you heard about God’s grace and understood what this really is.” (Colossians 1:6)

Deepen, Discern, Witness, Celebrate

Deepen, Discern, Witness, Celebrate are the four faith dimensions in every celebration of a Year of Faith in the Catholic Church worldwide.   

This year, being the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Church in Singapore, is designated a Year of Faith in our diocese, and Catholics in Singapore are invited to renew their faith in these four areas.  

This Catholic200SG theme song is a rallying call to reflect on the role of the faith in our lives through prayer and discernment exercises, and to witness to the faith through going ‘forth to serve’. For it is when we live in Christ, we can exclaim like St Paul “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)  

Ignite and Shine with Faith

In marking this pivotal 200th year, all Catholics are called to ignite and shine, in answer to Jesus’ exhortation, “I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!” (Luke 12:49)

Let us then go forth to ‘ignite and shine, with faith and unity … for Singapore, for you and me … for all the world to see’. As articulated by His Grace Archbishop William Goh at the launch of this Year of Faith, when we are vibrant in our faith today, we join hands in working ‘for a future where humanity and creation find completion in God’.

Catholic200SG Theme Song – Ignite & Shine

 

V1
As we close our eyes and pray
We reflect on our church today
200 years of faith was sown
When our founding missionaries built the place we now call home

V2
May we listen to your call
Avoid distractions and placing you above all
You complete all that we are
For by your grace, we’ve come this far

Chorus
We will ignite and shine, for all the world to see
We will ignite and shine, for Singapore, for you and me
We will ignite and shine, with faith and unity
We are one church, one family.

v3
As we go forth to serve
Teach us patience, teach us your love
May you empower us inside
To be beacons of your light

Bridge
There is no greater love, there is no greater life
Even when we don’t deserve, it’s still us you desire
We will deepen and discern, to you we consecrate
To be a witness for our faith, to rejoice and celebrate

Chorus 2
Let us ignite and shine, for all the world to see
Let us ignite and shine, for Christ is in you and me
Let us ignite and shine, with your love and charity
We are one church, one family.
 

Theme Song Committee: Fr Valerian Cheong, Lee Suan Hiang, Patricia Chui

A son, a brother, a husband and a friend. Accepted, cherished, forgiven and always loved. Truly Blessed! Grateful for this experience! To all glory, honour and praise be to our God. Amen!

Benjamin Mao

Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Composer

A song where all Catholics in Singapore can sing and shine together as one church, one family.

Angeline Mah

Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Vocalist (back up)

So humbled to be participating in the history of our universal Church’s presence & mission in Singapore.

Gerald Lim

St Vincent De Paul, Choir

Bensebaa Remy

Novena, Pianist

A form of evangelization and a prayer to God.

Beatrice Pung

Church of The Transfiguration , Lead Vocalist

I Am very grateful to God for this opportunity to sing my heart out through the meaningful lyrics written by Ben! It has been a reminder for my family and I to remain faithful to Jesus through all seasons, and to be His light and love to others.

Samantha Chin

St Francis Xavier , Vocalist (back up)

Igniting and shining, to be the light of the world as God called us to be salt and light of the world.

Edward Lim

Church of The Holy Spirit , Cajonist

It was very meaningful to share our faith through music!

Timothy Ho

Church of the Holy Spirit , Cellist

“Ignite & Shine” describes my experience of the entire process of jamming with the many passionate and talented Catholics who are in love with the Lord Jesus and with music! Ignited by the Love of Jesus, our varied talents truly shines as one!

Friar Derrick Yap

Franciscan Friars, Lead Vocalist

Grateful to have been blessed with this opportunity to come together and share our talents, especially in the midst of this pandemic.

Jonathan Wong

Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Vocalist (back up), Vocal Arrangement

The pandemic and the isolation it brought doused the flames and heat of faith for me but this project helped reignite my faith.

Benjamin Toh

Church of The Holy Spirit , Flautist

The song is a true representation of what it means to be One Catholic Church.

Christopher Boey

Church of The Holy Spirit, Acoustic Guitar, Bass

I feel privileged to be able to help the song come alive, especially with the beautiful lyrics that serve as a reminder for myself of my mission as a Child of God.

Amelia Faith Dizon

Church of the Holy Spirit , Vocalist (back up), Vocal Arrangement

Being part of this song reminds me of how Catholicism in Singapore is based on the seeds of the missionaries who first came and that I shouldn’t take my faith for granted, and of how we can beacons of Christ’s light even in the most challenging of times.

Jonathan Chng

Church of the Holy Spirit , Vocalist (back up)

I feel blessed to be provided with this opportunity to serve the Catholic community by promoting our Catholic spirit through this theme song, uniting us in our cause to spread the Love and Joy of Christ to others.

Valerie Tiong Hui Ling

Church of the Holy Spirit, Violinist

Arise, Shine, Ignite with Faith

by Alphonsus Chern

 

Alphonsus Chern

Organist at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

Alphonsus is a volunteer church musician and serves as organist at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, where he also leads the Cathedral Choir of Saint Gregory the Great, the Cathedral Children’s Choir, and the Cathedral Organ Scholars Programme with his wife, Angela. He is a photojournalist with The Straits Times and is best known for his architectural photo spreads on local churches and multimedia features on the Singapore Armed Forces Commandos, Naval Divers, and Black Knights aerobatic display team, having jumped, dived, and flown with all three. He continues to serve in the Army as a National Service Volunteer.

Name of Singer(s)

Angela Vera Lee and Anthony Setiawan.

Faith Inspiration

This is my first time writing a contemporary Christian song in thirty years as a church musician, but was glad to give it a go when asked to contribute to the call for a Catholic200SG song. The text is inspired by key themes in the Catholic200SG prayer – our history, invoking the Holy Spirit, thanksgiving, family, our Blessed Mother, and the call to missionary zeal – packed into a catchy tune that is easy to sing. I hope that the call to “Arise, shine, ignite with faith” resonates with all who hear and sing the song this year and beyond.

Lyrics

Martyrs and saints of old
Venturing to far lands
to bring Christ to the peoples
With courage and conviction
With faith and hope and love

Send us your Spirit, Lord
Set us aflame, bringing light into the darkness
Rekindle our hearts; enlighten our minds
Inspire the works that magnify your name

Arise, shine, ignite with faith!
Go to all the nations, give glory to His name.
Arise, shine, give light to the world, by your lives.
Cross the seas and oceans,
his mercy and love to proclaim.

Look on our families, Lord
Teach us your ways, may we learn your truth and charity
May peace reign on earth, and harmony
May all men see the face of God and live!

Arise, shine, ignite with faith!
Go to all the nations, give glory to His name.
Arise, shine, give light to the world, by your lives.
Cross the seas and oceans,
his mercy and love to proclaim.

Blessed Mother, intercede for us today
Saints and angels, holy men and women pray for us

Arise, shine, ignite with faith!
Go to all the nations, give glory to His name.
Arise, shine, give light to the world, by your lives.
Cross the seas and oceans,
his mercy and love to proclaim.

Cross the seas and oceans,
his mercy and love to proclaim.

Ignited

by Mae Santos

 

Ma Elena “Mae” Santos

Gospel Singer and Songwriter

Ma Elena “Mae” Santos is a gospel singer and songwriter from the Philippines whose love for God’s written words can be traced back to her Catholic upbringing. She migrated to Singapore in 2008. After discovering her interest for gospel music and to further develop her passion for this genre, she joined Awaken Generation’s Gospel Song writing Stream in 2015. She wrote her first gospel song on the island and to date, continues to write for the Lord. Currently, she is an active member of the Servant of the Lord Community where she expresses her love for God through music.

Name of Singer(s)

Composer: Ma. Elena “Mae” Santos
Sung by: Rodel “Beeboi” J. Tan and Maria Shineth Kiram
Guitar: Rodel “Beeboi” J. Tan and Nelson Abbarientos

Faith Inspiration

Take Heart it is I, have no fear, Jesus said, “come” and Peter got out of the boat and walked on water.”-Mathew 14: 27; 29

For Many years, I have heard inspiring stories from people of how God ignited their hearts with the flame of His Love as they responded and carried out missions of winning souls for Him. Ignited is a song born out of that same burning passion that moves each one of us out of our comfort zone and makes us brave enough to cross our deepest ocean in faith.

Lyrics

You’ve called me over ocean deep
To claim the Lands You promised me
You made me brave the storms
And showed the waves, I’m not alone

You wrapped me in your mighty love
Crushed my fears so I walked beyond
You stretched your hand my way
Against your light, All darkness fades

Then oh! Your light shines on my face!
Then oh! Your light shines on my face!

For you oh Lord,
My heart is burning bright
You set my soul ablazed to life
I’m ignited, (I’m ignited)
I’m ignited with your love.
I’m ignited, oh Lord!

You sent me out to journey on.
Depend on you and you alone
Be the flaming torch
That Leads the nations to your Home.

Then oh! Your light shines on my face!
Then oh! Your light shines on my face!

For you oh Lord,
My heart is burning bright
You set my soul ablazed to life
I’m ignited, (I’m ignited)
I’m ignited with your love.
I’m ignited, oh Lord!

You set the world on fire
You set the world on fire
You set the world on fire
I’m here to fan the Flame

You set the world on fire
You set the world on fire
You set the world on fire
Give glory to your name

For you oh Lord,
My heart is burning bright
You set my soul ablazed to life
I’m ignited, (I’m ignited)
I’m ignited with your love.
I’m ignited, oh Lord!

I’m ignited by your love (3x)

Ignite and Shine

by Frederick Lau

 

Frederick Lau

After years of experience making music in symphonic bands, rock bands and worship bands, Frederick Lau now serves with the Cantate Domino choir from the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. In his free time, he enjoys recording orchestral and contemporary arrangements of hymns. He is currently seeking to build up an online collection of hymns on Youtube where people can enjoy listening to or find inspiration or musical reference for their next Sunday mass. Despite numerous recordings, this song “Ignite and Shine”, is his first ever original composition. Past and present members of the choir have contributed immensely to the production this song, namely James Fernando, John Paul Kwan, Zhane Tang, Nicholas Liaw and Cassandra Chew (Mrs Lau).

Name of Singer(s)

Cassandra Chew (lead) and Nicholas Liaw

Faith Inspiration

“Heavenly Father, Your Son commissioned His apostles to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth…”

His Grace, Archbishop William Goh’s Catholic200SG prayer, is the sole inspiration behind the lyrics of my song “Ignite and Shine”. The contents of his Catholic200SG prayer excels in its completeness as a prayer and also the order in which praise, thanksgiving and intercession are sequenced.

Lyrics

Father God the Great Almighty
In Your love, created all things
Earth and heaven, invisible and seen

Christ Your son, was born of Mary
Crucified, He died, was buried
Risen from the grave, Your right He reign

Holy Spirit, sanctify us
Build this church on earth and heaven
We will live forever we believe

Father hear our prayer, we offer up this day
For in Jesus’ name, our hearts to you we raise

Holy Spirit purify our hearts and mind
With the heavenly hosts, unite our voice as one

As we pray:

To ignite and shine
With the light of Christ Divine
Father pour out your grace
On your people today
In this place

To ignite and shine
Called as one to be God’s sign
As we’re filled by your love
Send us forth by Your word
And with faith
We’ll ignite
Let us shine

From the west, they brave the journey
To our shores came missionaries
Men of faith, creating history

Took your Word to those in darkness
Caring for the sick and homeless
Building up the church in Singapore

Lord we thank you for the apostles that you’ve sent
We remember how they toiled, the tears they shed

And we thank you Lord for those who sacrificed
For its through the fire, this faith is purified

So we thank you Lord for the good the Church has done
Bringing hope to all in Jesus’ name, we claim
For the grace

To ignite and shine
With the light of Christ Divine
Father pour out your grace
On your people today
In this place

To ignite and shine
Called as one to be God’s sign
As we’re filled by your love
Send us forth by Your word
And with faith
We’ll ignite
Let us shine

Saints and martyrs go before us
Now in heaven praying for us
We will strive to make your kingdom come

Loving families undivided
Children grow in truth and kindness
Service clothed in just and righteousness

Church on fire and united
Seek the lost, the poor the outcast
Peace and justice reign throughout this land

Holy Spirit grant us courage and conviction
In confusion let our faith bring forth direction

Where there’s doubt and sin, our hope in Christ’s salvation

And in Jesus’ Name, O Father hear our cry
Now with faith
We arise…

To ignite and shine
With the light of Christ Divine
Father pour out your grace
On your people today
In this place

To ignite and shine
Called as one to be God’s sign
As we’re filled by your love
Send us forth by Your word
And with faith
We’ll arise
Final Chorus
To ignite and shine
With the light of Christ Divine
Father pour out your grace
On your people today
In this place

To ignite and shine
Called as one to be God’s sign
As we’re filled by your love
Send us forth by Your word
And with faith
We’ll ignite
Let us shine

Let us shine
Let us shine
Let us shine….

Ignite and Shine

by Ronald De Mesa

 

Ronald De Mesa

Ronald De Mesa is an engineer by profession whose expertise is in the semiconductor engineering field. He is a devout Catholic. A loving son, husband and father, who have a deep passion for music. He loves to sing. Though not formally trained musically, his passion has led him into composing a few liturgical and secular song compositions. He has been serving at the Church of Divine Mercy (Singapore) since the church’s opening in 2010. He is the choir lead for the San Pedro Calungsod Choir (SPCC), who regularly sings for the Sunday Sunset Mass at CDM. He is also the Cluster 1 Music Ministry head for Couples for Christ (Singapore).

Name of Singer(s)

Vocals: Shane De Mesa
Words and Music: Ronald De Mesa
Arrangement: Lester Delgado
Music sheet draft: by Cecile Salcedo

Faith Inspiration

Inspired by the Bible verse from Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. In the midst of the uncertainties, suffering and pain that the world is in right now, it is always so easy to lose hope. So easy to let go, give up and give in to our physical and emotional limitations. But each day, God is talking to us, always assuring us. As we celebrate 200 years of Catholicism in Singapore, God once again renews that promise. We reflect upon the faith that many before us sacrificed for. We are reminded to be steadfast in spirit, to be pure in heart and to be courageous to go out into the world and proclaim God’s goodness and love. In our own downtrodden, persecuted and beaten state, we can still be beacons of light that ignites and shine with faith amid the darkness. Trusting that in the end, as we journey with God by our side, we will emerge victorious.

Lyrics

As we recall in the breaking of the bread
And drinking of the wine,
Our faith passed down from generations.
We are called, to bear fruits of God’s love
And sustain the fire deep within our hearts.

In a world wrapped in pain and suffering
There is hope, for in God we are certain
Even of what we do not see.
Let our actions and our prayers,
Be the witness of our faith.

So ignite and shine out with faith
The steadfast love of Christ is upon us
As we journey on, and live in God’s light
We’ll proclaim the good news to the world.

Be not afraid and trust in the Lord
Fear is wiped away, courage shall reign
With unshakeable faith,
We’ll move forth to victory
As one body, one spirit
One people united in Christ.

We’re partakers in the mission of Christ
That His glory be revealed
Let us not become weary,
Be still, for God is with us…
God is with us!

So ignite and shine out with faith
The steadfast love of Christ is upon us
As we journey on, and live in God’s light
We’ll proclaim the good news to the world.

Be not afraid and trust in the Lord
Fear is wiped away, courage shall reign
With unshakeable faith,
We’ll move forth to victory
As one body, one spirit
One people united in Christ.

… As one body, one spirit, one people
United in Christ!

Let’s Share The News

by Joan Davidson

 

Joan Davidson

I compose for recreation and on commission. The works I compose for recreation speaks of yearning and exploration. This has produced a sound that is haunting with a sense of energy. I have a repertoire of music both scored and self-performed, spanning the range from folk to swing. Its sound shows the influences of composers from Lucio Dalla to Duke Ellington, artists like Andrea Bocelli and bands like Aerosmith. I am grateful to my teachers: Diane Tan, Mr. Khoo and Dr. Evelyn Lim.

Name of Singer(s)

Joan Davidson

Faith Inspiration

Let’s Share The News is a call to us to share our experience of God’s love with others. It is inspired by the missionaries who brought Catholicism to Singapore 200 years ago. By establishing schools and hospitals they helped our predecessors improve their lot through education and better healthcare. Their concrete acts of love were one way they shared God’s love with our predecessors. The missionaries faced many difficulties and obtained strength through prayer and humble reliance on God’s grace. We are called to imitate them by praying for God’s grace that we might share our God experience with others.

Lyrics

You came to us two hundred years ago
You bore His light and strove to do His will
Fuelled by love, the love that brings us peace
Fuelled by hope His light would shine on all.

Let us all pray the way you did before
Let us all ask for grace to do God’s will
All our lives, we’ll pray for grace from God
Let’s share the news that God loves all of us.

Hospitals, schools you built and helped the poor
You sacrificed for us that we might thrive
Fired by zeal that God would strengthen you
To achieve His will in Singapore
Through it all, you brought your fears to God
Let the Spirit make a home in you
And in His turn His grace and love strengthened you
To endure and trust that He would save.

Let us all pray the way you did before
Let us all ask for grace to do God’s will
All our lives, we’ll pray for grace from God
Let’s share the news that God loves all of us.

Live in God’s Light

by Kevin Khoo and Veronica Tan

 

Kevin Khoo

Lyricist

Kevin Khoo (Holy Spirit Church) plays the keyboard and has enjoyed song-writing from a young age, though he hasn’t written a tune since the 90’s. This contest has re-ignited his song-writing passion and he hopes it will bring him closer to God in the process.

Veronica Tan

Composer

Veronica Tan (Divine Mercy), the lyricist, is a therapist by profession and an avid writer. She has written several books for charity and staged a Peranakan play in recent years. She is also a volunteer for the Catholic 200SG faith stories.

Name of Singer(s)

Singer: Kevin Khoo
Arranger: Teffy Mayne
Recording Engineer: Tin Hong

Faith Inspiration

This song expresses a prayer for the Lord’s guidance and grace for us to be a shining image of Him (Gen 1:27); beautiful, powerful and bountiful (Psalm 147:5). The words “ignite and shine”, theme for Catholic 200SG, are subtly worded into the verse. The first verse is inspired by the Old Testament; with the imagery of the creation of man, where God breathed his Spirit of life (Gen 2:7) and reaffirms His immense love holding us in the palm of his hand as expressed in Isaiah 41:13. Verse 2 is inspired from the New Testament where Jesus gives a new commandment (John 13:34), to love and be the Light for the world (Matt 5:14/16). Faith, Hope and Charity is the 3 virtues extolled by St Paul in1 Corinthians 13:13.

Lyrics

Lead us to live in your light,
Love every day and be bright
Made in your image, we are beautiful.

You moulded Man from the earth
Breathed your Spirit and brought us to birth.
You loved us since time began
Held us always so close, in the palm of Your hand

Lead us to live in your light,
Love every day and be bright
Made in your image, we are beautiful.
Give us the spark to ignite,
With graces go forth and to shine
‘Cos in your love we are powerful, bountiful.

A new commandment You gave,
Love and follow the path that You paved
A light for all man to see
Fill our hearts with faith, hope and charity

Lead us to live in your light,
Love every day and be bright
Made in your image, we are beautiful.
Give us the spark to ignite,
With graces go forth and to shine
‘Cos in your love we are powerful, bountiful.

Ignite and Shine with Faith

by Jovilito Operiano

 

Renew and Shine with Faith

by Jovilito Operiano

 

Jovilito Limbaga Operiano

Composer

I’m Jovi Operiano, married to Ivy. We have only one child, Yuriel Emanuel. We are Filipinos by birth and converted to Singapore Citizen last 2009. I don’t have a formal study in music. I can only sing a bit and simply play guitar in CFC and Cofradia del Sto. Nino communities. I discovered this gift of songwriting when I served in COTT RCIA (2018) music group. I just want to share this gift from God by participating in this memorable milestone of Catholicism history in Singapore. This is my way of igniting and shining with faith.

Name of Singer(s)

Jovilito Limbaga Operiano

Faith Inspiration/Biblical Quote (Ignite and Shine with Faith)

Inspired by the Catholic200SG prayer, this song describes how our Catholic faith here in Singapore started. For the past 200 years, we are grateful for the hardships and labour of our early Catholics to keep this faith alive and burning. As present Catholics, we will continue to pray for our people and communities to have this zeal, courage and renewed conviction for our mission. That’s why we need to ignite and shine the joy and love of Christ, starting from our families to the ends of the earth. All of these can be possible only with God on our side.

Lyrics (Ignite and Shine with Faith)

Our founding missionaries
Left their families and country
To come to our beloved Singapore
To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ our Saviour

Let us continue to pray
For our people and communities
To have the zeal and courage
and renewed conviction for our mission

Ignite and shine with Faith
Be the beacon of light to radiate
The joy and love of Jesus Christ
Starting our families to the ends of the earth

This gift of faith we are grateful
And for those who hardly laboured
To keep our faith alive and burning
The past two hundred years of God’s care and blessings

Let us continue to pray
For our people and communities
To have the zeal and courage
and renewed conviction for our mission

Ignite and shine with Faith
Be the beacon of light to radiate
The joy and love of Jesus Christ
Starting our families to the ends of the earth

With our own strength we are nothing
But with God, impossible can happen

Ignite and shine with Faith
Be the beacon of light to radiate
The joy and love of Jesus Christ
Starting our families to the ends of the earth

Faith Inspiration/Biblical Quote (Renew and Shine with Faith)

Inspired by the theme song details, this song is about how our Catholic faith is planted here in Singapore. This encourages us Catholics, to continue this evangelization, with humility, full submission, pray continuously, show in action and not only in words. So, all of us are called to renew our selves and shine to each other with faith. By this, we will become the Light of Christ radiating to one another. This might seem impossible but with God on our side everything is possible. We need not to be afraid because God is with us till the end of time.

Lyrics (Renew and Shine with Faith)

Zealous priests planted our Catholic Faith
In this remote and beloved island
They gave up their comfort and embraced the challenges
To evangelize the joy and love of Christ

Let us continue this evangelization
With humility and full submission
Pray without ceasing and show in words and action

Renew and shine with Faith
Renew and shine with Faith
To one another let us be the spark that ignite
So that all of us will radiate the Light of Christ
Be brave, He is with us ’till the end of time

The comfort and convenience that we’re enjoying
Difficulties and challenges that we are facing
Would sometimes derail us away from our mission
And acquire possessions just for our own

Let us continue this evangelization
With humility and full submission
Pray without ceasing and show in words and action

Renew and shine with Faith
Renew and shine with Faith
To one another let us be the spark that ignite
So that all of us will radiate the Light of Christ
Be brave, He is with us ’till the end of time

With our own strength we are nothing
But with God, impossible can happen

Renew and shine with Faith
Renew and shine with Faith
To one another let us be the spark that ignite
So that all of us will radiate the Light of Christ
Be brave, He is with us ’till the end of time