Laudato Si’ Music
Franciscan spirituality is not opposed to music as an aesthetic and transcendent manifestation of the human being. We may see Saint Francis of Assisi’s affection and passion for it in his writings. He produced the Canticle of the Creatures, a powerful statement of acknowledgment and gratitude to the Creator and creatures that is both poetry and a song, during the height of his existence.
In the encyclical Laudato Si’ Pope Francis reminds us that “… Even living on little, we can live a lot, above all when we cultivate other pleasures and find satisfaction in fraternal encounters, in service, in developing their gifts, in music and art, in contact with nature, in prayer. ” (Cfr. LS.223)
This initiative of the Laudato Si’ Revolution seeks, through music, to inspire many people to bring about profound changes in our personal and community lifestyles. At the same time, it wishes to encourage men and women of our time to continue to thank God for every creature as Franciscans have done throughout history.
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Make some noise for the earth
We believe in the power of music to change minds. Let’s get ready to take action!
We believe in the power of music to inspire us so we are excited to invite you to the Grita Tierra launch – a project where the universal language of music can be activated as an agent of change for climate action. A rockstar in Colombia, a rapper in Mexico, a rapper and priest in Austria, a choir in Kenya – all collaborating to raise their voice for the earth.
Grita Tierra is the result of the alliance with the Museum for the United Nation UN Live, the collaboration of the Humboldt Institute of Colombia, and the musical direction of Héctor Buitrago, Daniel Roa, and composer Sister Nidia Raquel Macías. We thank Hempel Foundation for its sponsorship and continuous support.
Listen to the song Grita Tierra and sign the petition Healthy Planet, Healthy People. Join us and the Laudato Si Movement to communicate to our global leaders what we want in terms of environmental care. For the first time ever, religious leaders are coming together to ask for more climate action before COP26, when world leaders will convene to discuss the policies needed to curb CO2 emissions.
Our song “Grita tierra” is the convergence of different music styles from all corners of the world. Catalina García (upper left corner) is the lead singer of the Grammy winner band Monsieur Periné from Colombia, Friar Sandesh Manuel (upper right corner) Franciscan friar, philosopher, musician and Youtuber from India located in Austria,Roco pachukote (Lower left corner) is a Mexican music icon of punk and alternative music and the lead singer of the influential rock band Maldita Vecindad, and Mercy Nyambura, Swinton Nkatha, Fariji Napa, & John Oriwo (Lower right corner) the talented musicians that form the choir led by Udulele John, a recognised musician from Kenia that also participated in our project Sounds from your Window.
Grita Tierra aims to amplify the unheard voices of people and nature who suffer the consequences of climate and environmental hazards brought by these emissions. It is a project inspired by the actions of Pope Francis, his desire to democratise the message of integral ecology, and his call to all of us to take care of our common home. “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation” (Laudato Si’ 14).
Ready to join us in protecting our common home? Sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People petition. By signing, you join forces with us and millions of others to tell our political leaders to:
- Tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis together
- Limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and promise no more biodiversity loss
- Ensure equitable global action, including support for those most affected
- Protect and respect human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in climate and biodiversity action
The petition is led by the Laudato Si Movement. It is our planet, so it is everyone’s concern regardless of their origin, faith, intellectual or political background.
Our world is diverse and so is our song “Grita Tierra”
Grita Tierra song
We have witnessed the power of music with our project “Sounds from your window”. Now, the Grita Tierra song brings together the Latin American feeling, through its instrumentation and traditional/urban rhythm with an amazing multicultural mix of voices and featurings coming from different parts of the world.
Available on all music platforms on October 28.
In response to the Common Ground for Common Action:
Rap song for Ecological Conversion
September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation and the first day of the Season of Creation. As part of the Laudato Si’ Revolution, a global Franciscan campaign for integral and ecological conversion, the JPIC Office celebrates this year’s World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation with the newly released RAP SONG, “Laudato Si’ Revolution” by Br. Sandesh Manuel, OFM.
The music video, which is the second video of the campaign, is full of energy and inspiration for ecological conversion. It urges us to take a bold move to live our Franciscan vocation more radically in today’s world. Pope Francis asked us to get engaged in the interreligious dialogue for the integral ecology. That’s why the video contains various clips from multi-religious groups around the world. We hope you listen to it, watch it, sing to it, share it with others, and take part in the action. We believe that it has enough power to get other religious traditions and youth together in the campaign. Let’s feel the beat and take action!
Listen to the wind
Br. Sandesh Manuel, OFM was born in Bengaluru on the 4 th of Jan 1980. Studied at Mary Immaculate School 1-4, St josephs indian high school 5-10, Christ college I II PUC.
Joined the Franciscans at the age of 17 .
Studies : BA in philosophie (Urbanium univerty),BA in indian philosophy (Bengaluru university) BA in Theology (Urbanium university)
Was ordained on the 25 april 2009.
Currently studying Music in a Private Conservatory.
He loves sport and art in all its forms .His passion is to see people smile… so he is a Musician, painter and a Youtuber. Believes in Humanity and is open to everything what makes peace possible.
Laudato Si’ is a song written by Br. Gianni Mastromarino, who took inspiration from Pope Francis’s encyclical published in June 2015.
As in the Pope’s text, even though in a light and synthetic way, for what a song can allow, both music and words express an analysis and denounce the problems that trouble the creation, caused by human egoism and violence, and give value to Hope, that has to arise from a renewed life of every men, especially of those who have faith in God. The recovery and a new balance of spiritul and human relationships are essential.
Vivo la mia libertà
Br. Gianni Mastromarino, OFM was born in Grumo Appula (Bari) on June 8, 1969. He learned to play guitar as a self-taught and since adolescence has always been part as a singer of several local bands performing in squares, theaters and piano bars. His first musical work was released in 2001. He has always used the collaboration of good musicians who have accompanied him in many concerts in Italy and also in some WYD (Rome 2000 – Toronto 2002 – Cologne 2005).
He was ordained a priest on September 28, 2002. Currently he continues his production by composing music. He loves art in various forms, in addition to practicing music, he paints and works with wood, he hangs out with photography, writes short stories and compositions in verse. His propensity is to use creativity to spread the values of Justice and Peace, to meet and involve people. He considers himself an ingenuous and scapigliato traveler.
A Prayer for the Earth
Pope Francis’ Prayer for Our Earth:
“All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one…”
Text by Pope Francis, from the encyclical, Laudato Si’. Adaptation and music by Hazzan Steve Klaper & Br. Al Mascia, OFM
Song and Spirit Institute for Peace, Berkley, MI – SongandSpirit.org
Br. Al Mascia, OFM loves being a Franciscan Friar. He also loves writing songs and sharing his music, giving concerts in various venues no matter the size, and almost anywhere! In his younger years and until now he has been committed to serving the poor, homeless, and marginalized. He co-founded the first HIV/AIDS housing ministry in Chicago back in the 1980’s. He helped establish two Canticle Cafes (think Starbucks for the homeless) in Cincinnati and Detroit. He then took his Franciscan outreach to the streets of Detroit serving the homeless out of a bicycle cart, attracting international attention!
Committed to ecumenical and interfaith relations he co-founded the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace in 2011; a charity dedicated to promoting peaceable and reconciling relations among people of different faiths through music, the arts and community service. Drawing from his rich Franciscan heritage, he spends most of his time these days emulating the example of St. Francis as a minstrel of God!
Laudato Si’ Revolution Hymn
The Hymn is inspired by the encyclical Laudato Si’ and the Canticle of the Creatures of St. Francis of Assisi. Composed and interpreted by Fr. Juan Antonio and the musical collaboration of Pilar Gómez Ibarra and Kelo (Monclova, Cohuila). Choreography by Eduardo Siler. The Hymn, directed by the JPIC Office, was composed especially for the Laudato Si’ Revolution campaign promoted, particularly by JPIC of the Franciscan Family in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Tribute to Br. Juan Antonio
Br. Juan Antonio Orozco A., OFM (RIP) was born on August 23, 1987 in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico. Since he was a child he felt attracted by the liturgical celebrations, he attended the parish of San Francisco de Asis and was part of the choir, in some religious ceremonies he sang accompanied by the organ or guitar.
At the end of his high school he began his priestly formation in the Casa San Agustín in Guadalajara, Jalisco, where he stayed for two years, then he began his novitiate in the Franciscan Convent of Guadalupe, Zacatecas, where he studied philosophy for three years. Later he moved to the Basilica of Zapopan where he studied theology for four years and a year of pastoral formation.
We deeply regret the death of our Brother Juan Antonio, a member of the Franciscan Province of Saints Francis and James in Mexico, JPIC animator and composer of the Hymn of the Revolution Laudato Si ́. We repudiate the events that occurred on June 12, 2021 at 11 a.m., when our brother was on his way to celebrate the Eucharist in the Tepehuana Community of Pajaritos, belonging to the municipality of Mezquital, Durango, he was unfortunately killed in crossfire during an armed confrontation between the organized crime cartels that are in dispute over the territory of that area.
Rest in peace Juan Antonio