Over a thousand primary schoolchildren will raise their voices in a unique Festival of Faith taking place in Dublin this week.
The new Laudate Festival organised by the Archdiocese of Dublin will see children, representing 21 National Schools from all over the city, come together in an intergenerational signing fest of hymns, new and old.
To accommodate the numbers taking part, the children, their parents, brother & sisters, grandparents, teachers and friends will be singing in concert in two large Church venues. The first takes place in Our Lady of Victories Church in Ballymun Road on Tuesday 31 January and the second in the Church of St. Laurence O’ Toole in Kilmacud on Wednesday 1 February.
The Laudate project hopes to encourage children and their families across the generations to learn, recall and sing hymns together in schools and parishes so the children, along with the parish community, may feel more connected at parish liturgical events and weekly celebrations.
Alongside newer hymns that children have learnt in recent years in schools such as Liam Lawton’s Send Forth your Spirit & Hiding Place, Mams, Dads, and Grannies & Grandads will remember and hopefully sing along with BringFlowers of the Rarest and Ag Críost an Síol.
The Laudate Festival in Dublin is part of the national celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2017.
Members of the local community, parish choirs, parishioners along with all members of the school community are all invited to attend Laudate to gather in song, celebration and reflection.
For more see www.dublindiocese.ie.