Monday, April 12, 2010

RIP Bishop Miguel Cinches, SVD (1932-2010)

Bishop Miguel Cinches, SVD, after a lingering illness,  passed away this this afternoon (April 12) at 2:55 pm in a hospital in Manila. He was 78 years old. He was bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Surigao.

He was born in Dauis, Bohol on February 7, 1932 and ordained priest in 1961. He taught philosophy from 1968-1973 here at Divine Word Seminary where he served as rector from 1970 until his election in 1973 as the bishop of the Diocese of Surigao by Pope Paul VI. He served this diocese in Mindanao for 28 years.

A prolific composer of liturgical music, Bishop Cinches was one of the few outstanding musicians of the Philippine SVD. During his seminary years as student and professor, he handled the seminary choir and led it in concert performances both inside and outside the seminary.

Last year, senior SVD members of  Divine Word Seminary, under the direction of Fr. Raul Caga, SVD (himself from Surigao) recorded a CD Album as a tribute to him on the occassion of the 100 years of Philippine SVD. The album entitle, Complines and Vespers is a testimony of his many beautiful words and of his spirituality. These songs can still be heard today in the Tagaytay seminary when the SVD community gathers for its Saturday prayers (complines) and Sunday vespers.

Below is a cut from the album which you can order by sending email to

The song is the so-called Nunc Dimittis, the Song of Simeon in the Gospel of Luke. At Jesus' presentation, Simeon, a devout and righteous man, was promised that he would not see death before he had see the Lord's Messiah. When he saw Jesus, he took him in his arms and praised God: "Master, now you let your servant go in peace, according to your word" (Luke 2:29) -- wonderful words for Bishop Cinchess who had composed a song out of Simeon's prayer.
[from the album's write-up]

Now Lord you let your servant go in peace (Nunc dimittis) | Upload Music

: Lord, save us while we are awake,
protect us while we sleep;
and Christ with  whom we keep our watch,
will guard our souls in peace.

At last, all-powerful Master,
you give leave to your servant to go in peace,
according to your promise.

For my eyes have seen your salvation
which you have prepared for all nations

The light you enlighten the Gentiles
and give glory to Israe your people

Glory be to the Father....