Up until this week, the famous Spanish Catholics on my radar were St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Josemaria Escriva, etc. Now, I’ve got some rock stars on that list.
Rome Reports introduced me to La Voz del Desierto (roughly: The Voice in the Desert). The band includes three priests and four laymen. If you attended World Youth Day in Madrid, you may have seen them performing several concerts. They hail from the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares – more specifically, from the diocesan seminary!
The band’s latest album, “La Llamada” (The Calling), includes “Getsemaní” (Gethsemane) – watch the music video here. I got the chills about midway through, when Jesus’ prayer to His Father is sung. You’ve gotta listen to the addictive chorus of “Absalón” (Absalom) and sick guitar solo – music video here.
Kinda makes you wonder…why doesn’t every seminary have a rock band?
¡Viva priestly vocations!
P.S. Their diocese’s Office of Youth and Young Adults has a killer YouTube channel. Gotta love that new media usage! Check it out.