End of the Year of Faith Free Song: Open the Door (Abrir a Porta) by Franciscana Costa

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

November 10, 2013

“Brazil, Latin America, the whole world needs Christ!” Pope Francis stirred the hearts of all at 2013 World Youth Day’s closing Mass on the Copacabana Beach.

Inspired by the Holy Father’s message then and anticipating the Year of Faith  conclusion, we offer a song for this decisive time of faith: “Open The Door” (Abrir a Porta),  a unique collaboration of the Franciscana Costa collective, musicians from the United States, Brazil and Latin America who know that where Jesus sends us… “There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to everyone.”

Click here to listen and enjoy a free download of the first Discernment ‘Discernimiento’ mix.

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Listen and enjoy Márcio Falchet’s mix:Open the Door Marcio Falchet.mp3

(Audio) waves of joy and musical camaraderie transcend the geographic distances between South and North America and cultures. Austin singer-songwriter Gina Chavez and guitarist Paul Finley offered the vocal-guitar duet at the center of the song, Brazilian composer-singer Marco Esch provides counterpoint, Milwaukee percussionist Julio Pabon and musician John Tanner provide a percolating rhythm. Guitarist Marcio Falchet offers a subtle choral counterpoint. An Argentina native, like Pope Francis, Jose Jaoa’s ‘radio retransmission’ reinforces the song’s essential message. Foundational melody and lyrics are the inspiration of Mark Kolter. Future alternative mixes will include other musicians such as the pioneering 7estrelo’s unique take.

About Franciscana Costa Artists

Gina Chavez  is a native of Austin, Texas. A semester abroad in Argentina helped her rediscover her Latin roots, and since then she’s been dubbed the Joni Mitchell of Latin Music. Visit  http://www.ginachavez.com/ for more information on her new album “up.rooted

Paul Finley explores the depths of human joy and pain through the universal language – music. His third CD, ‘The Butterfly” narrates the story of the subject – war, nature, people and romance. Paul’s unique melody strumming creates the sound of multiple guitars from one instrument. See http://www.paulfinleymusic.com/

Brazilian composer and singer, Marco Esch’s latest work is the Bossa Nova Gospel, a gentle and melodic expression of peace and joy: www.palcomp3.com/marcoesch

St. Francis Chapel DoorJulio Pabon is a multi-instrumentalist, skilled drum maker & muralist who has created public works in his home region Wisconsin.  Julio brings to One Drum the rich traditions of Latin American music through his ancestral roots in Puerto Rico. He has been performing and teaching General Music, Latin and African percussion, and drum making through the Conservatory Connections Program since February 2008. As an active performer, teacher, and workshop facilitator at Milwaukee Public Theater, he created an innovative program using recycled material to design age appropriate percussion instruments for early childhood ages through adults.  Read more http://www.wcmusic.org

A principal of Tanner-Monagle, John Tanner brings more than twenty-five years of experience in scoring, arranging and music composition for television, radio, industrial video and theatre. Read more http://www.tannermonagle.com/about-us/john.html

Márcio Falchet is a guitar player, producer, composer and teacher. Born in São Paulo-SP/Brazil in the beginning of the 80s; being descended from Austrians, French and Italians, one year old Márcio already played with his father´s guitar. Soon after he started to write music and playing just by listening it. Read more http://www.marciofalchet.net/

The 7 Estrelo is a World Music duo formed in 2007 by André Lanari and Bruno Tonelli, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Based upon the electronic genre and influenced by many other styles, the work presents broad conception of music played through creative mix of guitar, bass, flutes, voices, beats and synths.


“Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ, the Lord of life and history.” Feel free to share the song and sentiment for personal enjoyment and inspiration.

 “Jesus Christ is counting on you! The Church is counting on you! The Pope is counting on you”


Open the Door                    Abrir a Porta

Step Into Light                    Passo Para a Luz

Become the one                 Torne-se um

You are called to be            Você é chamado para ser

That single person                Essa única pessoa
purposefully                          propositadamente

That this year of faith          Que este Ano da Fé

Leads to eternity                  Que este Ano da Fé

Let us give of ourselves         Vamos dar-nos por isso temos a verdadeira alegria

with true joy                         com verdadeira alegria

Let us give of ourselves today                Vamos dar de nós mesmos hoje

The Redeemers gaze                        Os Redentores olhar

Sweeps over time                              Varreduras ao longo do tempo

From the first word                           de primeira palavra

To when all is rhymed                      Para quando todas as rimas…

We Are Redeemed                              Nós somos redimidos


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