The feast of Divine Mercy was celebrated on April 3, 2016. The Betania Choir was invited to the Centro Italo Venezolano (CIV), to the multi-task room Italy, to accompany the Mass with their music. The Eucharist began at 5:00 p.m. and was celebrated by Father Miguel Pan, who was accompanied by two ministers of the Eucharist, Julian Rapa and Nicola Galdino.
During the homily, Father said that the Lord is infinitely merciful, all-forgiving, and that is why he urged everyone to draw closer to Him during this year in which all sins can be forgiven. He spoke of the passage of Thomas who was an apostle who doubted, lost confidence and faith, and then repented, asked for forgiveness and knelt before Jesus, and then Jesus said: “Blessed are those who believe without seeing Me.”
Also, Father stated that everyone has two keys given to them by God, that of salvation and that of damnation. The key to salvation is to recognize oneself as a sinner and want to draw closer to Our Lord every day. Instead, the key to damnation is to be immersed in pride and not recognize ones weakness. As a consequence, you condemn yourself because the Lord is merciful but also righteous.
At the end, Father Pan thanked the Betania Choir for its songs and said: “You sing like angels.” “God’s language is music.” “I am sure the Lord will hire you to sing in Heaven.” During Mass the repertoire included: Misericordes Sicut Pater, Blessed be, The Lord’s Prayer, Brotherly Unity, among others.
The Betania Choir gave a mini-concert for the Italian community, with which those who were present felt rejoiced. The act culminated with the song Venezuela. Afterwards, they shared a small snack together.