On October 15, 2018, Pope Francis canonized my beloved Archbishop Oscar Romero as a saint of the faith. I remember the darkness that came to my beloved El Salvador the night that Saint Romero of the Americas was assassinated. I was still there. So, it was surreal to find myself leading at all the principal cathedrals of the country with this hymn of thanksgiving for his witness and life. As a sign of grace, our choir and instrumentalists for that event was transported by a bus and personnel from the armed forces of El Salvador, the very institution responsible for his death 42 years before. We give thanks! – Conducted by the composer.
Karen Hogue, soprano.
Choir: The Ensemble from First United Methodist, Weatherford
Sending my love in this hour of trial, to my sweet friends!
Last October, a precious choral group of friends from El Paso, Texas traveled with me to El Salvador to remember San Oscar Romero. We joined the choir from Universidad Don Bosco and traveled together to sing and be one in heart. This is from a rehearsal at UCA, San Salvador. This is one of the songs we sang, “Vencerá el Amor” “Love Shall Overcome”.
Vencerá el amor, aunque acechen tempestades;
y aunque hay dolor, pasarán las maldades.
Vencerá el amor, aunque tristes extrañemos
a quienes hoy no están, más sin embargo viven.
Vencerá el bien sobre tantas vejaciones.
Vencerá también nuestra oraciones.
Y estas lágrimas que juntos derramamos
ungirán con paz nuestroa corazones.