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Spanish chapel diversifies worship

Editors Note: To increase opportunities for spiritual development, more than 11 different chapels are offered at Oklahoma Christian University. Assistant Features Editor Cynthia Knox organized this series to provide insight and encourage attendance of alternative chapels available to students. These stories were executed by students in a sophomore-level journalism class. We would like to thank the sponsors for their willingness to share their chapel with the Talon. If you attend this chapel, please comment and share your experience with the Oklahoma Christian community. 

By: Molly Patterson

Dios bueno es,

Dios bueno es,

Dios bueno es,

Bueno es El Señor! 

God is so good,

God is so good,

God is so good,

He’s so good to me!

Spanish Chapel, held weekly in Scott Chapel, is one of Oklahoma Christian University’s various chapels offered for students as an opportunity to earn their required Kudos for the semester.

Spanish Chapel offers a place for students to worship in a language other than English. All majors and students are welcome to attend each week and worship from a different perspective. Spanish professor Tina Ware, the sponsor for the chapel, said the chapel has grown through the years.

“Spanish Chapel used to be just once a month, but now is offered every Friday in Scott Chapel,” Ware said. “We have about 50-70 students attend each week. The students sing, hear a message and watch a short video about a Spanish-speaking country. Everything is translated from English to Spanish.”

Ware said Spanish Chapel also hosts ‘International Chapel’ once a month to include every country represented on campus and make them feel at home.

“International Chapel is a great way for every culture on campus to come together and worship while singing songs in their native language,” Ware said. “Peter Cariaga helped put together a song that included eight different languages, but everyone sang the same tune to the song.”

Senior Nathaniel Barrack, who helps put on Spanish Chapel each week, said Spanish Chapel helps him reflect on memories from his past.

“We were singing a song that had been translated into Spanish, and it really brought me back to when I lived in Spanish speaking countries for six years,” Barrack said. “Spanish Chapel is an opportunity that I use to give back and show people what the culture is all about.”

Sophomore Isabella Preciado has been attending Spanish Chapel since her freshmen year, and alongside Barrack, helps put on the chapel each week. She said she attends Spanish Chapel because she enjoys being able to praise God with others. Preciado said she would strongly encourage students of all majors and cultures to attend each week and give Spanish Chapel a try.

“If I could sum up Spanish Chapel in one sentence, it would simply be praising God in another language,” Preciado said. “I love reflecting on the lesson each week and thinking this is so perfect for me.”

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