Tuesday, June 28, 2011

60 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration in Manila and Lingayen-Dagupan

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, St. John the Baptist Church, Liliw, Laguna. Photo source.

The Congregation for the Clergy recently published a circular exhorting the faithful to organize 60 hours of Eucharistic adoration in honor of Pope Benedict XVI's 60th sacerdotal anniversary. In response the Archdioceses of Manila and of Lingayen-Dagupan have posted their programmes of Eucharistic adoration on their respective websites:

This presents an inspired occasion for us to present a sincere manifestation of our spiritual union with him. In solidarity with the Universal Church, and as suggested by the Congregation for Clergy, each parish, shrine, chaplaincy, and communities of religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Manila will have a 60-hour Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests starting on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29 (also Pope Benedict XVI’s presbyteral ordination date) and ending on July 1, 2011, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A prayer booklet on the 60-hour Eucharistic Adoration, prepared by the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, will be sent to all parishes and shrines.
The 60-Hours of adoration will be distributed to all the parishes and schools of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. Each parish and school will be given a one-hour adoration. The Congregation for the Clergy also proposes that in addition to praying for the Pope’s life, health, happiness and protection from every evil, the faithful are asked to pray for bishops, priests, deacons and all ministers of the Gospel, that they may be faithful to their vocation and their self-giving, and to remember the Church, vocations, the laity and deceased priests.
The rest of the circular from the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan contains the schedule of hours of adoration per parish / institution. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

More on the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal (Ordinary Form) in the Philippines

From a press release on  the website of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila promoting a new book by Fr. Anscar Chupungco OSB:
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines voted for the adoption of the new English translation of the Roman Missal for the Philippines during its plenary assembly in January 2010. The new English translation will be used starting December 2, 2012. The Vatican’s Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship granted the recognitio requested by the ECL, which will issue a decree in July to announce the implementation of the new English translation. 
The local publication of the new English translation of the Roman Missal will make it available to local parishes at a more economical price. The locally published new English translation will incorporate local celebrations such as the Misa de Aguinaldo or Simbang Gabi, the feast of the Sto. Niño, and the proper of saints. This will be available in June 2012. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

(UPDATED) The Benedictine Altar Arrangement Comes to Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City

UPDATE June 22, 2011: In my recent visits to Sto. Domingo I've noticed that this great church has reverted to its previous arrangements for the crucifix and candles (with the processional cross located at the side of the altar and the candles placed upon the steps leading up to the altar). I guess even the "Benedictine altar arrangement" is still too controversial for the Philippines...

Originally posted on April 28, 2011:


Eastertide 2008:


Benedictine altar arrangement introduced on Maundy Thursday, April 21, 2011:

Easter 2011:

A Roman-style antependium appears as well! A crucifix is not in the sanctuary area, though, in line with the practice of some Filipino parishes during Eastertide.

The "before" picture comes from a beautiful blog post on this church by my good friend Fr. Abraham Arganiosa CRS, and the "after" pictures come from the Facebook account of "Paulus Maximus". 

I'm back!

I'm sorry for not having maintained this blog for about seven weeks. I had been too preoccupied with my blog on the RH bill and I had too little time to come up with additional posts for this blog. From now on I will try to post here at least twice a week.