Saturday, July 18, 2009

TLM at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

From an email:

On July 7, 2009, two years after our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, issued "motu proprio" the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at no less than the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Cebu at 1:30p.m. The Holy Sacrifice was offered by Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, the chairperson of the Archdiocesan Commission on Worship.

The Archdiocese continues to celebrate a Special Year of Grace on the occasion of its 75th year as an archdiocese.

Hope you can come and visit the Basilica minore del Santo Nino, the newly-renovated Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Shrine of St. Joseph (Mandaue City), and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rule (Lapu-lapu City).

Prayers for the Pope

May the Lord grant quick healing to the wrist and arm of His Vicar, our beloved Pope.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

O Most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein You are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand Your power.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TLM in Diocese of Baguio

[Update: Carlos Palad of Rorate Caeli has informed me that the images were unreadable. I have mistakenly uploaded the wrong size of images. The images below are the correct ones.]

A reader has sent this brochure being distributed by the Commission on Liturgy of the Diocese of Baguio containing an introduction and information on Summorum Pontificum and the Traditional Latin Mass for the benefit of the faithful in the diocese. The TLM is being celebrated every Sundays at 7:30AM and 3:30PM at the Chapel of our Lady of Atonement at the back of the Cathedral.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Summorum Pontificum

Thank you your dear Holiness for unlocking the chest containing this great treasure of our Holy Mother the Church. I pray that this new year of motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, the Year for Priests, more priests would begin to see the immense value and appreciate what the Holy Father's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum has given for the whole Church.

Prayers for former President Cory Aquino

Let us continue praying for our former President Corazon C. Aquino that our Lord Jesus, the Divine Healer, may continue to give her strength in body and in spirit as she battles the cancer in her body.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Pontifical Mass (OF) for St. Josemaria Escriva's Feast Day

Cardinal Rosales recently celebrated a Pontifical Mass (ordinary form) last June 26, 2009 at the Manila Cathedral with the priests of the Opus Dei concelebrating the Mass in honor of St. Josemaria Escriva. His Eminence wore a beautiful laced alb and golden gothic chasuble as with the main concelebrating priests as expected in an Opus Dei Mass. The choir provided the sacred and heavenly atmosphere by singing beautifully the Latin chants and the rest of the liturgical songs. The mass was well attended by the many who has been touched, one way or another, by the life and teaching of St. Josemaria Escriva.

There were some nuances, however, such as what is now popularly known as the Benedictine altar arrangement that the Opus Dei has preserved for the ordinary form was, surprisingly, not used and the priests in choir (the rest of the concelebrating priests) in stole over chasu-albs. It would have been better had they worn their choir vestments. Nevertheless, the mass was still a dignified form of celebrating the ordinary form.

Corpus Christi 2009

Photos by: Ed Cenir

Photographs of the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi according to the extraordinary form with first communion and a solemn Eucharistic procession and benediction around the Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy, Sikatuna Village Q.C.

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Bomb Explosion at Cotobato Cathedral

The mass of Archbishop Orlando Quevedo was rocked when a bomb exploded at the front of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotobato City killing 5 and leaving 30 wounded. His Excellency, Archbishop Quevedo was unharmed.

Full story here.

Please pray for peace in Mindanao. Mary the Help of Christians, pray for us.

Saturday, July 04, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 1 JUL 2009 (VIS) - The Year for Priests was again the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis during his general audience, held this morning in St. Peter's Square.

The Pope began his remarks by expressing the hope that the Year "may be an opportunity for the inner renewal of all priests and, consequently, for the revitalisation of their commitment to the mission". He then announced that his catecheses over the next few months will focus on the figure of St. John Mary Vianney, the holy "Cure of Ars", on the 150th anniversary of his death.

What most stands out in the life of this saint, said Benedict XVI, "is his complete identification with his ministry. He used to say that a good pastor, a pastor after God's heart, is the greatest treasure the good Lord can give a parish".

"In fact, it is by considering the dual term 'identity-mission' that each priest will become better aware of the need for that progressive self identification with Christ which guarantees the faithfulness and fruitfulness of his evangelical witness. Thus, in the life of a priest, missionary announcement and worship are inseparable, just as sacramental identity and evangelising mission are likewise inseparable".

"The goal of priests' mission is, we could say, 'of worship': that all men and women may offer themselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, receiving the charity which they are then called to dispense abundantly to one another. ... Love for others, concern for justice and the poor are not so much a question of social morals as the expression of a sacramental conception of Christian morality because, through priestly ministry, the spiritual sacrifice of all the faithful is accomplished, in union with the sacrifice of Christ, the only mediator. This is the sacrifice that priests offer bloodlessly and sacramentally while awaiting the second coming of the Lord".

"In the face of so many uncertainties and so much weariness, even in the exercise of priestly ministry, it is vitally important to regain a clear and unequivocal view of the absolute primacy of divine grace", said the Holy Father. "The mission of each individual priest depends, then, also and above all on an awareness of the sacramental reality of his 'new existence'. Upon the certainty of his own identity - not artificially and humanly constructed but freely and divinely given and received - depends his perennial enthusiasm for the mission".

"Having received such an extraordinary gift of grace with their consecration, priests become permanent witnesses of their own encounter with Christ", and "are able to carry out their mission to the full, announcing the Word and administering the Sacraments.

"Following Vatican Council II", Pope Benedict added, "in some places the impression arose that there were more important things in the mission of priests in our time: some people believed that the priority was to build a new society".

Yet "the two essential elements of priestly ministry" always remain "announcement and power", said the Holy Father recalling how Christ sent His disciples out to announce the Gospel giving them the power to drive out demons. "Announcement and power", in other words "Word and Sacrament, are the pillars of priestly service, over and above the many forms it can take".

The Pope continued: "When the 'diptych' of consecration-mission is not taken into due account, it becomes truly difficulty to understand the identity of priests and of their ministry in the Church. ... During this Year for Priests", he said, "let us pray for all the clergy. ... Prayer is the primary duty, the true path of sanctification for priests and the heart of authentic pastoral care of vocations".

And he concluded: "The low numbers of priestly ordinations in some countries not only must not discourage us, it should stimulate us to dedicate greater space to silence and to listening to the Word, to improving spiritual guidance and the Sacrament of Confession, so that the voice of God, which always continues to call and to confirm, may be heard and followed by many young people".

Vatican Information Service

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Events: Mass according to the Syro-Malabar Rite

Celebration of Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
according to the Syro-Malabar Rite by
Father Alex Marotical
at the
Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Mariveles St., Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
July 4, 2009 at 2:30PM