A reader has sent us a link about the usus antiquior to be celebrated in the Parish of the Espousal of Our Lady in Mandurriao, Iloilo City in the Archdiocese of Jaro.
A solemn high mass in Latin will highlight the fiesta of Mandurriao parish on January 23, 2008. Rev. Fr. Esperidion Celis, parish priest of Mandurriao, said he wrote Pope Benedict XVI to seek his blessing of the significant religious undertaking.Thanks to Condotiere for this wonderful news.
Celis said the idea of holding the solemn high mass in Latin is in support of the Holy Father's decision to bring back and give wider use of the Latin mass according to the 1962 Rite approved by the Papal Moto Proprio "Summorum Pontificum."
Celis said it would be the first time since the 1960s that the Latin mass will be conducted in the Archdiocese of Jaro and even in the entire country. [He could mean that it will be the first time since the 1960s a Latin Mass in Jaro will be offered and celebrated freely by priests without any permissions or indults needed due to the clarification of the Vicar of Christ. After all, Summorum Pontificum is really intended for priests.]
The Latin mass will be held after the 2:00 p.m. procession around the plaza on January 23.
The mass, which will be officiated by Msgr. Juanito Tuvilla, will have a Gregorian Chant and traditional Christian hymns like Mozart's "Ave Verum" and Franck's "Panis Angelicus", as well as a polyphonic rendition of the "Messe Solenelle de Ste. Cecile" by Charles Francois Gounod.
Celis said they have invited parishioners from as far as the province of Capiz and Antique to witness the holding of the Latin mass. They have also invited students of Catholic schools in the city to attend the celebration to give them the chance to experience the 1962 Rite in Latin.
For the benefit of our readers who are clueless regarding the existence of the Tridentine Mass in the Philippines from the 1970's until prior to Summorum Pontificum, there were Tridentine Masses in Manila in the 1990s through an indult granted by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin from where the Cubao TLM community came from. From the year 2000 onwards, besides the Cubao TLM, there had been TLMs also in Jaro, Bacolod and Cavite, thanks to Ecclesia Dei.
There is now a daily Tridentine Mass in Cubao and regular (at least every Sunday but I still need to verify if they have daily) Tridentine Masses in Valenzuela and Dauis, Bohol and there are privately celebrated Tridentine Masses across the country thanks to Summorum Pontificum.
Photo of the Parish of the Espousal of Our Lady from iloiloonline.blogspot.com