WATCH: Church releases lyric video of official ‘500 Years of Christianity’ song

April 3, 2021

The Catholic Church on Saturday released the lyric video of “Live Christ, Share Christ”, the official celebration song of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.

The video was produced by the bishops’ Episcopal Commission on Social Communications with the Jesuit Communications (JesCom) and Montemaria Asia Pilgrims, Inc.

The revival version of the song was interpreted by celebrities Angeline Quinto, Erik Santos, Liezel Garcia, Janine Berdin, Bituin Escalante, Jed Madela, Jolina Magdangal, Matt Lozano, and Arman Ferrer, with arrangement by Marvin Querido.

The song was first launched in 2013 at the start of the nine-year spiritual journey leading up to this year’s quincentennial celebration of the country’s evangelization.

The lyrics was written by Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, with the original musical arrangement by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.

The around four minute long song was uploaded on the Facebook page and Youtube channel of 500 YOC. It will also be available on Spotify, Deezer, and iTunes in the next two weeks.

Dioceses and parishes across the country will launch the yearlong Jubilee celebration on April 4, Easter Sunday.

The bishops will also lead the opening of “Holy Doors” in all the cathedrals, which will remain open throughout the jubilee year until April 22, 2022.

The Diocese of Maasin on March 31 led the Church in commemorating the quincentennial of the first Easter Mass in the country, which took place on Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte province.

On April 14, the 500th year commemoration of the first baptism in the Philippines will be held in Cebu City.

The celebration features a reenactment of the first baptism, a Mass and renewal of baptismal promises, and baptism of 10 children.