Kayo na gumabay sa aking paglalakbay.
Kayo ang kaagapay kapag ako’y nalulumbay.
Kayo ang patnubay kapag ako’y pasaway.
Kayo ang nagbigay ng saysay sa aking buhay.
Kaya naman ako ay nagpupugay dahil sa inyong walang humpay na pag-alalay.
Salamat sa Diyos. Salamat sa inyo.
Pari magpakailanman. – lovell, op
I received this message yesterday morning from Lovell, who was just ordained the other day, Nov. 07 together with three other Dominican priests at Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. It was another lovely and solemn celebration. A happy and blessed occasion to remember. I love that last line “pari magpakailanman” (a priest forever).
Several years of perseverance. A mother’s dream for a son. Answered prayers. Thank You Lord for all these blessings!
We were early at the venue so I took shots of the image of our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval. Sto. Domingo Church was declared as National Cultural Treasure last month. It took all of eleven months from being deacons to priests. I always find ordinations such solemn and blessed affairs. And I look forward to the Thanksgiving Mass scheduled two weeks from now. Again I say, CONGRATULATIONS 🙂
“Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption here on earth…What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of His goods…Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest and they will end by worshiping the beasts there..The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you.” – St. John Marie Vianney