By Mitos Gonzales
The International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in not only a spiritual gathering but also a cultural experience. The host archdiocese of Cebu tapped various performing arts groups and institution to render cultural show simultaneously in different venues within the whole duration of the IEC.
Last night, the University of Cebu, together with the Unified Artists of Cebu and the Mary’s Children Formation Seminar, headed by their creative director, Mr. Rudy Aviles, showcased the seven sacraments in experiential and relatable contexts accompanied by remarkable songs at the forefront in their production, The Sacraments of Life.
Following a logical timeline, the show began with the scene on the Sacrament of Baptism, which represents the beginning one’s Christian life.
Depicting maturing and coming of age, the Sacrament of Confirmation was shown next which was followed then after by the act on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist presented as the fount and summit of all graces such as generosity, providence, peace, and the like. The next act was about the Sacrament of Reconciliation which depicted repentance, reconciliation, and renewal in faith. This was followed by the Sacrament of Matrimony. With the performers’ cheerful interpretation of the local song, Pasayawa ko Dai, as the precedent act to the wedding scene, this was audibly the most cheered act. The scene of the Sacrament of the Holy Orders was presented next with real seminarians acting out the ordination rite to priesthood. The last depicted sacrament was the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick which is the sacrament that gives strength in time of illness.
The production basically showed that the sacraments are stages of our lives, and they are as one with us as we are one with God with whom and for whose glory we take part of these sacraments. The spectacular night was not just a showcase of Cebuano talents but an act of gratitude and honor to the Lord.