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We are celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

It was a very touching and inspiring celebration led by the Holy Father Pope Francis in Rome. I actually shed a tear when the Filipino community sang the Lord’s Prayer, Our Father in Tagalog. Our very own Cardinal Chito read his words of thanks in behalf of Filipinos here and abroad. Here are some photos, highlights of the homily of Pope Francis for the celebration of 500 Years of Christianity here in our country.

Credits to EWTN VATICAN for the photos and the Servant’s Chronicles for uploading them.

Last night I attended an online recollection at the Manila Cathedral,very uplifting words from Fr. Regie and Fr. Kali. I watch their masses every day. Different versions of the theme song were rendered by some Filipinos abroad.

To Your Mission LORD, we give our yes.

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Today is the Feast of Christ the King, conclusion of the liturgical year in the Catholic calendar.

“Feast of Christ the King, also called Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus ChristKing of the Universe, is a  festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church in honour of Jesus Christ as lord over all creation. Essentially a magnification of the Feast of the Ascension, it was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925″.

Next Sunday is the beginning of another liturgical year in which we start with the season of Advent.  It is a time we look forward to as preparation of Christmas, four weeks of Advent Sundays before Christmas.  The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “arrival” or “coming” from the word advenire (ad- “to” venire “come”).

Advent 2019 begins on December 1 and ends on December 24. The themes that correspond to each week are the following:

Week 1: Hope (or promise)
Week 2: Preparation (or waiting or prophecy)
Week 3: Joy (or peace)
Week 4: Love (or adoration)

It was so nice to meet our good friend Fr. Aly again who is now the Parish Priest and Rector of the the Shrine of Our Lady of Light here in our town. For eight years, I’ve missed listening to his lovely and meaningful homilies. He was the one who officiated on Nissa’s wedding eight years ago. Meeting old friends, what a wonderful treasure.

By the way, Cristo Rey are Spanish words for Christ the King. Have a blessed  Sunday everyone.

 

 

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One of the highlights of our Black Saturday was visiting Santa Clara de Montefalco Church in Pasig City.  Santa Clara de Montefalco is the patroness of those with heart illnesses.  She was also called St. Claire of the Cross.

It is one of the loveliest churches I ever visited.  This was renovated about a decade ago, I  used to pass by the place when I  went to La Consolacion College where my kids spent their high school years.  It was only today that I had the chance to visit it with Mom, Josef and Jovy.  I didn’t bring my cellphone and tab  to take photos but I liked the big dome and the wide entrance and angle of the altar. According to their page, it is the Philippines’ tallest church. Josef took some photos of the altar and the facade of the church.

Santa Clara de Montelfalco church

The  wide entrance to the church.

Sta. Clara de Montefalco4

You can see the big dome  in the second photo. This is the altar.

Sta Clara

The facade of the Church.

It also houses the Santuario del Amor  Divino ossuary that serves as a resting place of our departed loved ones.” This contains 3,912 crypts (2,848 crypts ready for interment) built within a 2,028 square meter-floor area and is situated beneath the church proper. Its lower plan is partitioned into sections dedicated to a saint each.”

We had dinner at Savory Restaurant  then dropped by Breadtalk   again to buy  their fire floss.  When it comes to bread and pastries, Breadtalk is the best.  They are just more pricey than those you find in other bake shops.

Tomorrow is the first of  April which happens to be our much-awaited Easter  Sunday.  the day of Resurrection.  Let us celebrate Resurrection with joy in our hearts.  It’s Christianity’s most important holiday.

While we were on the road (facing East of course), Josef got excited when he saw the   full moon partly hidden by clouds. Jovy told him to take a picture but when you are in a running car, taking photos is not good. I told them, “did you know that Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon?” 

Happy Easter to all!

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