Friday, December 31, 2010

Condom wielding DOH Secretary: GMA7's Public Servant of the Year.

"...Dr. Esperanza Cabral was last Valentine’s Day, handing out condoms on the streets of Manila to couples who appeared like they might need a few that night."

Dr. Esperanza Cabral: GMANews.TV’s Public Servant of the Year


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Seasons Greetings

He is the reason for the season.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Does survey determine the truth?

"And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness." - Alcuin to Charlemagne

We are facing a dangerous trend where people are beginning to think what is moral should dictated by numbers instead of what is natural. Somebody is leading the country to thread on dangerous grounds where people, specially the leaders, believe that truth is subjective and based on popularity. This is the fallacy of democracy.
Without noticing it, there is now a dangerous tendency to determine not only legal, but also moral issues, or what is right and what is wrong, through popularity surveys. Playing the numbers game to decide legal or moral issues is getting to be an accepted norm in our democratic society. The current view is that if 6, 7 or 8 out of 10 people surveyed think that a certain proposition is true and correct, or is legal, then that proposition should be accepted and adopted. If carried to the extremes, it means that if the same number of people or all of them believe that two plus two equals five then it should be accepted as true and correct.
More here: Determining the truth through surveys by Atty. Jose C. Sison, Philippine Star columnist.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

SSPX joins the Vigil Tonight

I am informed that the Society of St. Pius X at the Our Lady of Victories will be joining the Holy Father tonight in prayer for nascent human life after their 6:30pm Mass. Their vigil will end at midnight.

(Sounds strange that a group considered to be "rebels" are uniting themselves with the Holy Father in tonight's vigil but we don't hear any announcements or organization coming from the CBCP or bishops from the Philippines except for a very few.)

YES! for Benedict

"We express sincere gratitude to you, Holy Father, for your leadership in this gravely needed initiative, and in the fight for life around the world. In prayer, we renew and redouble our efforts, trusting that the Author of Life will guide us toward victory in defending our most vulnerable brothers and sisters."

If you pledge to participate in the Vigil for Nascent Human Life, have your names included in the thank you note to the Holy Father. Register here: YES! for Benedict

El Shaddai's anti-RH vigil

COME and JOIN !!!!

Prayer Vigil for the Nascent Human Life

DATE: November 27, 2010
TIME: 5:30 PM
Amvel City Compound, Parañaque

Pope Benedict has earlier called on all Catholics to join the prayer vigil for “All Nascent of Human Life” on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent which will be celebrated in all dioceses and parishes.




7:00 PM ………….. TESTIMONY

7: 30 PM …………. HOLY MASS


Its time to unite our stand and get involved in the most important role you can ever have as a Baptized Catholic, Following Gods command to spread the One True Faith. Defend Mother Church and be counted in this battle for LIFE from womb to tomb against all its threats.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bishop Conley on the New Translation

Among other things, reading this made my day (emphasis mine):

(Referring to the current translation of ICEL):
God “makes it possible for us, though we are but creatures, to sing and worship with the angels” – an awe-inspiring task for which household objects, popular music, and casual language are inappropriate. Bishop Conley indicated that many attempts to make worship feel more familiar, have instead made it less inspiring.

(Referring to the New Mass Translation):

The new Mass translation reasserts “the continuity of the Novus Ordo (Mass) with the ancient liturgy of the Church” – where the apostles and the first Christians understood themselves to be “singing the song of angels,” participating in a heavenly ceremony while on earth.

Bishop Conley cited the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who said Catholic worship “presupposes … that the heavens have been opened,” and must reflect this reality. “This is the truth we need to recover,” the bishop taught. “Christ has rent the heavens and come down to us. Again he has been lifted up and carried into heaven to take his seat at the right hand of power.”


Bishop Conley specified a number of changes intended to recapture this sense of the sacred in the new translation, including the revival of the congregation's traditional response “and with your spirit,” the restored and “more faithfully translated” prayer of the priest before the Eucharistic rite, and the more exalted language in the “Gloria” hymn.

Our new Mass translation replaces the mundane affirmation –'Happy are those who are called to (Christ's) supper'– with a confession of faith … 'Blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb'.” The bishop explained that these changes “get us closer to the theological richness and the poetry of the original Latin.”

More here: Bishop explains how new Mass translation 'reaches up to heaven'

The kind of media we have

I've just read from a friend's wall post in Facebook that ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda hosts commenting on WHO's acclaim of Pope Benedict XVI that the Pope "says" the use of condoms by men and women to avoid AIDS is "morally justifiable."

My friend commented that it is PLAIN LYING. Indeed they are. They grossly misinterpreted and misrepresented what Pope Benedict said. This is what media will never quote from the Holy Father in the same book: “…that we cannot solve the problem by distributing condoms. Much more needs to be done,” ; “…But this just goes to show that condoms alone do not resolve the question itself” ; “ This means that the sheer fixation on the condom implies a banalization of sexuality, which, after all, is precisely the dangerous source of the attitude of no longer seeing sexuality as the expression of love, but only a sort of drug that people administer to themselves” ; “…But it is not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection. That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.” [Ref: Pope Benedict and the Condom Question by Rev. Fr. Joel O. Jason SThL]

This is professional stupidity coming from the Umagang Kay Ganda hosts.

This is why the reason I stopped watching that program. You can never get anything intelligent coming from their cretin hosts. Their show is all BS.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Crisis of Journalism

The media frenzy of what it thought to be a 360 degree turn of the Catholic Church's doctrine of using condoms is truly lamentable. The secular society, liberal and progressive factions, quickly swarmed  like vultures over a piece of dead meat. The lie quickly spread like wildfire and the proponents of the RH Bill in both government and private sector celebrated like the Emperor Nero when he burned Rome to ashes.

Despite numerous clarifications coming from the Vatican and Church representatives, the journalists seems to have never reported anything that would correct the lie they helped spread. They continued with presenting headlines such as "Vatican: Everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV" or "Vatican broadens case for condoms to fight AIDS" or "Condoms lesser of two evils." The author of the book "Light of the World," Peter Seewald decried a "crisis of journalism" that the Pope's words were taken out of context or falsely presented around the world and yet this has never reached the headlines.

It is becoming clear that their continued persistence on the lie that the Pope and the Catholic Church has already deviated from her previous teaching is indeed an open and direct assault against the Catholic Church by the secular press.

Irresponsible Journalism: SHAME ON YOU!

ABS-CBN News Team should be ashamed of themselves for posting such a headline. It is clear that they did not make a thorough research on the matter but only rely on their international news agencies as sources.

This is a sample of irresponsible, bias and idiotic journalism coming from ABS-CBN. Having been experts in making sensational reporting out of police reports such as mugging, robberies, rapes, road accidents must have exhausted a lot of neurons.

This is their headline now:

Only shows what their goal is.

This is today's headline from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

This one comes from the Philippine Star:

These broadsheets are becoming more useful as fishwraps for tinapa and tuyo.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life

The Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy and the TLM community will be joining the Holy Father on the Vigil for all Nascent Human Life on Saturday, November 27 at 5:00pm.

As of date, we haven't heard of any statements coming from the bishops of the Philippines how they are planning to respond to the call of the Holy Father. In fact, it is to them that the Holy Father made the request to lead their respective dioceses. It seems that they are relying on the El Shaddai to organize the vigil but the Holy Father specifically asked that it be made at the parish level as well. Now we wonder how quick they will react if the Holy Father asked for a vigil for Climate Change or Charter Change.

Do you have a vigil in your parish to pray for all nascent human life? If not, join us at PLDM.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Changes in TLM Schedules in Metro Manila

The TLM at St. Therese of the Child Jesus at Villamor, Pasay City is now celebrated every Sundays at 9:00 am.

Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Daily TLM is at 8:30 AM and Sunday TLM is at 2:00 PM.

Christ the King, Greenmeadows, Quezon City every Saturday TLM remains at 8:30 AM.

Jaleville Chapel TLM, Jaleville Subdivision, Paranaque City, every last Sunday of the Month TLM is scheduled at 10:00 AM but there will be slight changes on the schedule depending on the availability of the priest.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Avoid Preaching the Gospel using "Marxist rhetoric"

Raymond de Souza, a well known Catholic Apologist, director of Australia's Saint Gabriel Communication and program director of Human Life International (HLI) has reminded Filipino activists that their track of activism "...must be based on Catholic teaching that promote cooperation and not class struggle."

It is no secret that some sectors of the Philippine Church are actively promoting Marxist ideology, liberal theology and feminism in their view that Jesus Christ is nothing more but a social worker and a political/social revolutionary.

Read the report of Union of Catholic Asian News here: Filipino activists told to avoid Marxist rhetoric

UCA News covers lay activities, social work, protests, conflicts and stories on the faith lives of the millions of Catholics in Asia.

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto on the Rosary Crusade

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto invites us to unite and join the Rosary Crusade initiated by the Society of Pius X against the dreaded intrinsically anti-life and anti-family Reproductive Health Bill.

Mega Thurible

This is one huge thurible! How about putting the pro-RH bill congressmen, senators and their minions inside?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pro Defunctis

Mass on All Souls Day in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite celebrated by Rev. Father Michell Joe Zerrudo at the Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy, Sikatuna Village Quezon City.

Pope to lead Vigil for All Nascent Human Life

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, will lead and celebrate a worldwide "Vigil for All Nascent Human Life" on November 27, 2010, eve of the First Sunday of Advent at the St. Peter's Basilica. He is requesting "all diocesan bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements."

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has laid down their plan for the said vigil, giving four options namely:

  • Full Option One: Evening Prayer, Rosary and Benediction
  • Full Option Two: Marian Procession, Rosary, Evening Prayer and Benediction
  • Simplified Option One: Evening Prayer and Benediction (no Rosary)
  • Simplified Option Two: Marian Procession, Rosary and Benediction (no Evening Prayer)

Worship guides are available for download at the USCCB's Website page on Pro-Life Activities.

The Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has yet to announce the plan for November 27. As of this writing, CBCPnews has reported the prayer vigil on November 20 led by the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas as a prelude to the Vigil for All Nascent Human Life.

Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on the Rosary Crusade

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Prayer Vigil vs. RH Bill

Catholic laity to hold prayer vigil vs RH bill

MANILA, Nov. 9, 2010—A coalition of pro-life, family life and lay organizations are coming together in a collective show of resistance against the proposed reproductive health bill being deliberated in Congress.

Led by the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, the laity are organizing a prayer vigil called “Prayers and Reflections on Human Life” on November 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Manila Cathedral.

Laiko National president Edgardo Tirona said now is the time for the laity to defend the Catholic faith “against those who are trying to propagate the culture of death in the guise of alleviating the lives” of the poor.

“As a Church, we cannot just be complacent and allow this insidious attempt to ruin the moral and spiritual fabric of our society,” he said.

The prayer assembly on November 20 will also serve as a spiritual prelude to a prayer vigil in defense of life called by the pope on November 27.

Pope Benedict has earlier called on all Catholics to join the prayer vigil for “All Nascent of Human Life” on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent which will be celebrated in all dioceses and parishes.

Tirona urged all lay organizations to participate in both activities and affirm their “commitment to the sacredness of family and life.” (CBCPNews)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Liturgical Experimentations

"...the liturgical experimentations can be likened to a gorilla who was let out of its cage, and these instructions were attempts to coax him back in. Perhaps we're still trying to accomplish that."

- Padre Paulus - The Ultramontanist

Friday, November 05, 2010

17th Asia-Pacific Congress on Faith, Life and Family

MANILA, Nov. 1, 2010—Human Life International (HLI) for Asia and Oceania is holding its 17th Asia-Pacific Congress on Faith, Life and Family, at the Dusit Hotel, Makati City on Nov. 6-8.
The congress will be preceded by a three-day international pro-life training for clergy, religious and lay leaders of Asia and Oceania on Nov. 3-5.
Ligaya Acosta, executive director of HLI-Asia/Oceania said that the congress is timely and urgent in the face of “massive attacks on the church and the much more aggressive push for the passage of the RH bill.”
“I pray that our clergy, religious and lay leaders will take this opportunity to know much more about the global agenda, and the many deceptions [and] subtle attacks against life and family,” she said.
Resource speakers during the pro-life training for clergy, religious and lay will be Dr. Brian Clowes, Dr. Ligaya Acosta, Atty. Jo Imbong, Fr. Francis Lucas, Fr. Melvin Castro and Archbishop Paciano Aniceto.
Dr. Brian Clowes is the director for research and training of Human Life International in its USA central office.
He will speak on two topics during the pre congress. On November 4, Clowes will talk on “How dissenters plan to remake the Catholic Church to their own image” and on November 3, he will speak on the topic, “Winning pro-life debate.”
Clowes will again speak on the congress proper. Other speakers include Raymond de Souza, an international Catholic apologist and program host of EWTN; and Dr. Rene Bullecer, Executive director of Human Life International, Philippines.
CBCP president and Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar will give an inspirational message to the participants during the congress while Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will deliver the keynote address.
The closing mass on November 8 will be presided by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.
A press conference will be held on November 6 at 9-10:30 am.
Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of P2,500 for the pre-congress training while those attending the congress proper will pay a registration fee of P3,700. (CBCPNews)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Prayer Crusade led by the SSPX

On October 10, 2010, eve of the traditional feast of Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Society of Pius X (SSPX) led a prayer crusade against the passing of the RH Bill in Congress at the Our Lady of Victories Church in New Manila Quezon City. The prayer crusade started with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament exactly at 12pm and a recitation of the Holy Rosary. At 2pm, the Blessed Sacrament was reposed as a Solemn High Mass, Votive Mass of our Lady of Mediatrix, was about to begin. (The Mass was suppose to be at the presence of the Blessed Sacrament but due to the complexity of the rubrics, the priests opted to repose the Blessed Sacrament at the duration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass). At the end of the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was once again exposed. The Van De Steen Choir with the choir of the Our Lady of Victories sung the hymns.

We should commend the SSPX for taking the initiative of organizing the prayer crusade despite the fact that their regularization within the Church is still in the process.

Father Zerrudo's All Souls Day Homily

...And yet, no matter how vehemently the world tries to deny these realities, the truth remains: there is death and judgment. One day, we shall die and the world is afraid of this. This fear of death comes from the fact that it does not have any idea of what lies beyond it. Denying what is invisible, the world sees nothing beyond the materiality of death. Thus, death to the eyes of the world is simply the end: the end of life, the end of relationships, and the end of existence. And this thought drives man to take all he can out of life – to eat, drink, and be merry because tomorrow we die. Live without accountability. Enjoy without responsibility. Nothing waits for you at the end...

Read the complete homily here: On Death and Judgement

Father Zerrudo's All Saints Day Homily

 ...The saints are the real survivors of the struggles of this life – not the artificially stranded people whose tasks consisted in games and contests, and definitely not housemates whose tasks veer toward stupidity and foolishness. The saints are the ones who have survived the great distress. They are the ones who have shown us the real stuff that our humanity is made of and meant for...

Read the complete homily here: On Realism of the Saints

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Crusade against the Reproductive Health Bill (Update)

Prayer crusade against the RH Bill at Our Lady of Victories Chapel in New Manila today from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why Should Catholics Oppose HB96 (RH Bill)?

The Parish of the Holy Sacrifice and the Family Life and Ministry will have a forum on "Why Should Catholics Oppose HB96 (RH Bill)?" on Saturday October 30, 2010 at the Fr. John Delaney Hall, Holy Sacrifice Parish, U.P. Diliman.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Crusade against the Reproductive Health Bill

Our friends from the Our Lady of Victories Chapel in New Manila, Q.C. will have a Crusade against the Reproductive Health Bill on Saturday, October 30, 2010. There will be a Marian Eucharistic Adoration from noon to midnight on that day to pray against the passing of this RH Bill.

Exorcism documentary on TV

Just recently, a local TV station made a documentary on the catholic rite of exorcism. The documentary featured Rev. Father Jose Francisco "Jocis" Syquia, director of the Office of the Exorcism of the Archdiocese of Manila and Rev. Father Michell Joe Zerrudo from the Diocese of Cubao. Here is the complete I-Witness documentary narrated by Jay Taruc in two parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Requiescat in Pace, Msgr. Melencio De Vera

I just received a news that Msgr. Melencio De Vera has passed away, yesterday, 20th of October 2010. Msgr. De Vera was one of the few priests who celebrates the TLM from the early beginnings of the movement until the present despite his advanced age. Farewell, dear friend of the extraordinary form, may God have mercy on your soul and may you intercede for us. Requiem aeternam in dona ei Domine et lux perpetua luceat ei, requiescat in pace.

File photo courtesy of Dennis Raymond Maturan.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Msgr. Pozzo exposes the existence of a "Para-Conciliar" ideology within the Church

There is what we may call the Conciliar, or more exactly the para-Conciliar ideology, which was imposed on the Council from the beginning and which overshadowed it. By this expression is not meant something that concerns the texts of the Council, nor (even less) the intentions of the subjects, but the frame of overall interpretation by which the Council was situated and which acted as a type of internal conditioning in the subsequent reading of the acts and documents. The Council is not, in fact, the para-Conciliar ideology, but in the history of the ecclesiastical milieu and the means of mass communication it, i.e. the para-Conciliar ideology, has operated in large part towards a mystification of the Council. Since all the consequences of the para-Conciliar ideology have been manifested as an historical event, the revolution of 1968 must indeed be acknowledged, taking as its point of departure rupture with the past and a radical change in history. In the para-Conciliar ideology 1968 signifies a new form of the Church in rupture with the past, even if the roots of this rupture had been present for some time in certain Catholic circles.

Msgr. Guido Pozzo is the secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. The complete unofficial translation of his July 2, 2010 speech can be found on Rorate Caeli.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The wolves and the weeds

The wolves and the weeds are making their presence felt and with it the dark cloud of confusion continues to descend upon us. We have been called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth and for this reason the world hate us, just us it hated He who sent us. They come towards us with swords (bills), spears (condoms) and javelin (pills) but we will go against them in the Name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom they have defied. Let us arm ourselves with prayers, fasts and sacrifices.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mercy, Forgiveness and Justice

Shouldn't mercy and forgiveness be freely given to those who seek it especially to those who have reformed their lives? Shouldn't they be given a second chance, a new lease of life? Don't we all deserve a second chance since we are all sinners? If we say that there is no cure, isn't it tantamount to saying that grace is just imaginary, that God's grace cannot melt the hardest of hearts?

Shouldn't justice be also accorded to those who have habitually committed, without remorse, the unthinkable,  wolves in sheep's clothing, destroying the venerable image of their vocation especially to the eyes of the little children? Shouldn't justice be given that they may learn to reform their lives?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Priests are God's men.

The priests are God's men. They have given their lives for Him and so they belong to Him and Him alone. Let them do their sacred duty of offering the Sacrifice of Calvary that brings us closer to His heavenly glory. Let us not give the world the opportunity to own them once more and trap them but instead let us allow these priests of our Lord the opportunity to bring us closer to God our Father in heaven. Encourage them to wear their cassocks more often, if not always, for they are priests not only when administering sacraments but they are priests all the time: they should be easily recognizable as such, priests. They should not feel ashamed to wear garments proper to who they are: priests. Encourage them to pray their breviaries everyday for it is through daily prayer and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and not social functions where they gather their strength. Let God's grace work through them for they are the link, called by God, that binds heaven and earth. The priests are God's men. When they fall, it is only because we are stubborn not to let go of the world. When they fall, it is only because we do not support them with our prayers. When they fall, it is because we do not love them as priests. Love them not as celebrities but love them with a sense of sacredness and awe for they are priests. These priests are God's men chosen by Him, elected by Him.

Photo Credits: Jesson Gonzaga Allerite
                       New Liturgical Movement

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Just like buying candies

These condoms are displayed on a stand where it is clearly visible, easily accessible and within the reach of teens and young kids. No need to ask for it from a counter clerk, just grab one, pay for it and go. That's how easy it is to buy condoms in these drug store outlets inside the country's most popular chain of gigantic malls.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Visita Iglesia 2010

Latin Mass Community - Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Carmel of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Convent
Gilmore Ave. New Manila Quezon City

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine Parish
New Manila, Quezon City

St. John the Baptist Parish
Pinaglabanan St. San Juan City

Sanctuario de Sto. Cristo
F. Blumentritt St. San Juan City

Mary the Queen Parish
Greenhills, San Juan City

Sanctuario de San Jose
East Greenhills, Mandaluyong City

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Announcements: Baguio Lenten Schedule in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

Announcements: Easter Sunday Mass Schedule

Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph - Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy
Easter Sunday Schedule
according to the
Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

Sunday 12:00 AM Easter Vigil
Sunday 2:00 PM Missa Cantata

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Nobody but....who?

Father Jerry Orbos, SVD shared this story in his Philippine Daily Inquirer column last December 12, 2009

THE story is told about a priest who, wanting to be “in” with the youth, started the Mass by saying, “The Lord be with you… nobody, nobody but you!” In no time, he had the whole congregation singing and dancing to the popular song “Nobody, nobody but you!”

Is this what we have all for the sake of active participation and inculturation? Something must be wrong!

Is that a Catholic Altar?

No it is not. It is Lutheran. Quite surprisingly. this Lutheran altar looks more Catholic than those in many catholic churches...tables where the priest and the people can talk yada yada during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass...."The Lord be with you...nobody nobody but you!"

And yes, this Lutheran altar faces the liturgical east.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

2010 Easter Triduum Liturgy

The Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph will celebrate the Easter Triduum Liturgy according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the Holy Week of 2010. The schedule is as follows:

Maundy Thursday - 10:00 AM
Good Friday - 10:00 AM
Easter Vigil - 12:00 Midnight

Monday, March 01, 2010

2010 Lenten Images Exhibit

The 2010 Lenten images exhibit by the members of the Hermandad de la Sagrada Pasion was inaugurated last Friday, February 26, 2010 at Clamshell One, Intramuros, Manila. Among the highlights of the first day of exhibit was the opening Solemn Mass celebrated by Rev. Father Rommel Rubia, O.A.R., the blessing of the images and the Way of the Cross. Following the customs inherited from Spain, servers acting as acolytes wore tunicles and a band preceeded the procession. The exhibit will run until Sunday, March 14, 2010. Culminating activities will be the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and a grand procession at 4pm.

Benedictine-style altar arrangement

Tunicled acolytes preparing

Tunicled acolytes in procession

Friday, February 26, 2010

Archdiocese of Manila Oratio Imperata / Intercessory Prayers for Rain



People tasked with managing our water/power resources have warned that we face drought and shortage of water because of El Niño phenomenon. Our relief will come from nature. And so we implore the Master of all creation, God, our Father, at whose command the winds and the seas obey, to send us rain and ease the drought.

We are sending you the intentions to be inserted into the Daily and Sunday Prayers of the Faithful of the Mass:

Lord, hasten to send the rain we badly need so the damage to crops and other livelihood and impending power shortage may be averted, we pray…

Lord, inspire us in this time of crisis to share in the name of Jesus what we have and to take responsibility for one another and for the environment and resources that you have generously provided us, we pray...

The Oratio Imperata ad Petendam Pluviam is to be prayed after Communion before the Post Communion Prayer:

God our loving Father, creator of our earth and of the universe, and all the wondrous elements of nature that sustain your living creatures, we humbly ask you to send us the rain that our country needs so badly at this time, to irrigate our fields, to stave off a power shortage, to provide water for our bodily health, and to refresh our parched lands. At you command the wind and the seas obey, raise your hand Almighty God to send us so that crisis may be averted.

Merciful and generous God, open our eyes to the richness and beauty of your creation and instill in us a deep love for this earth and all that is in and around it. Teach us to be wise stewards of your creation so that we may always use them responsibly and protect them from abuse and exploitation. At this time of crisis, dear Lord, move us to share more and to love more.

Loving God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you entrusted the Filipino people to the special care of Mary our Mother, listen to the prayers that we bring up to her, our Blessed Mother, to intercede for us, for the protection of our land and our people, whom she loves.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.

February 28, 2010 is the Second Sunday of Lent and we start with these prayers on this day, the day of our intensified journey of Lent.

Let us together storm heavens with our supplication, that God's mercy be upon us and send us the rain we need.

God Bless!

Archbishop of Manila

Monday, February 22, 2010

On Receiving Holy Communion

Father Anscar Chupungco OSB in his speech entitled: Liturgical Studies and Liturgical Renewal given 21 January 2010, Sydney Australia:

"Is receiving Holy Communion on one’s knees and on the tongue more reverent than receiving it standing and in the hand?"

Compare this:

with this:

Isn't it obvious???

[Thanks to Rorate Caeli for the video link.]

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Important Clarifications from the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei

From the New Liturgical Movement:

The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has recently answered some important questions regarding the application of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum submitted by the moderator for the faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the diocese of Rzeszów, Poland. The answers, however, are applicable generally. The original questions (in German) and answers (in Italian), published by Nowy Ruch Liturgiczny are reproduced below. Here is an NLM summary; questions 2 and 3 have easily the biggest impact:

1. If there is no other possibility, because for instance in all churches of a diocese the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum are already being celebrated in the Ordinary Form, the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum may, in the same church in which they are already celebrated in the Ordinary Form, be additionally celebrated in the Extraordinary Form, if the local ordinary allows.

2. A Mass in the usus antiquior may replace a regularly scheduled Mass in the Ordinary Form. The question contextualizes that in many churches Sunday Masses are more or less scheduled continually, leaving free only very incovenient mid afternoon slots, but this is merely context, the question posed being general. The answer leaves the matter to the prudent judgement of the parish priest, and emphasises the right of a stable group to assist at Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

3. A parish priest may schedule a public Mass in the Extraordinary Form on his own accord (i.e. without the request of a group of faithful) for the benefit of the faithful including those unfamiliar with the usus antiquior. The response of the Commission here is identical to no. 2.

4. The calendar, readings or prefaces of the 1970 Missale Romanum may not be substituted for those of the 1962 Missale Romanum in Masses in the Extraordinary Form.

5. While the liturgical readings (Epistle and Gospel) themselves have to be read by
the priest (or deacon/subdeacon) as foreseen by the rubrics, a translation to the vernacular may afterwards be read also by a layman.