From 2021-04-04 to 2021-04-17

Happy Easter

Christina I. Hermoso, in her column in a newspaper, said that the Church urges us to pray and reflect on the Apostles’ Creed, particularly the lines, “He descended unto the dead” which signifies Jesus’ journey into the world of darkness, sin and death, and “He ascended into heaven” which signifies Jesus’ triumph over death as shown by His resurrection and the restoration of the Light of the world.

Holy Saturday is a day of sadness and joy because, as Fr. Charles Scanlon, S.V.D., an American priest who taught and preached in the Philippines for decades before he returned to the USA, explained that the sadness of Holy Saturday “is reliving the suffering of Jesus in the hands of His tormentors from His arrest, trial, being crowned with thorns and finally being nailed to His Cross, and joy in anticipation while awaiting the dawn of His Resurrection.”

But after sunset, Easter Vigil services begin with the blessing of a fire by a priest outside the church. This marks the beginning of the observance of the Easter Vigil, the official start of the joyful celebration of Easter. Easter Vigil is the Mother of all vigils because it is a time for joy and great expectation as we await in joyful anticipation the resurrection of Jesus. This fire is called the “Service of the Light.” It is because the light of the fire is held as a symbol of the radiance of the Risen Christ. This light dispels the darkness done by our sins and the crucifixion of Christ to redeem the world.

Somebody said that tonight’s Easter Vigil liturgy in majestic scriptural proclamations formally reviews God’s blessing of renewal: From the blessings of creation, to the blessings of salvation history, to the blessing of Jesus. Then with the entire assembly and with the soon to be initiated new members – we are asked to reaffirm our faith publicly: “Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord? Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?” It is by responding “We do!” that we prove that we are ready to celebrate the event precipitating newness of life for ourselves and for our planet, the Resurrection.

From 2021-04-04 to 2021-05-27

An Easter Gift

Invitation to listen a cantonees song from by our sisters, students and priests. I assure you you'll love it

From 2021-03-29 to 2021-04-04

Holy Thursday

Jesus towards the end of the meal adds two more symbols. He takes a loaf of bread breaks it and gives it to His disciples saying: “Take and eat it, this is my body which is broken for you, do this in remembrance of me.” Then He takes a cup with wine He drinks from it and gives it to His disciples saying: “Drink all of this, for this is my blood which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sin.” Through these words the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is instituted (other accounts are in Matt 26:26, Mk 14:22 and Lk 22:19 also). This is the only sacrifice fully acceptable to the Heavenly Father for the redemption of humankind by which Jesus, who became one of us, is both priest and victim as He offers Himself once and for all for the salvation of the world.

During Last Supper He also instituted the Sacrament of Priesthood, the authority and power to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or the Holy Eucharist. He said: “Do this in memory of me,” (Luke 22:19, 1Cor 11:24). Jesus instituted Priesthood because He wants the Memorial of His passion and death to be relived until the end of time in an unbloody manner. And also, without the priest as the presider the offering of the Holy Eucharist is not possible. And so therefore, the two Sacraments are essentially tied together.

But He rises from table, removes His outer garment, put a towel around Himself, (v. 4) and washes His disciples’ feet. He consciously performs the task of a slave. But not even slaves during that time were asked to wash another person’s feet according to most biblical scholars. The slave would bring a basin with water and a towel but it would be the guest who would wash his own feet. And Jesus, the Son of God and their Lord, does the “lower” than a slave job, He washes His disciples’ feet. Jesus purposely does the feet washing so that the act will make a lasting impression on them. Jesus concludes: “I have given you a model to follow so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” In other words, humble service should characterize all who identify themselves as Christians. The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP-II) says: “Humble service is one of the last important lessons that our Lord Jesus taught the apostles. And He made it clear during the Last Supper.” This is our response as Catholics after more than 2,000 years of the Birth of Christ on how we act and relate to our world today and the kind of Christian community Jesus wants us to be.

Let us make this memorial of the Lord’s Last Supper a living memory of the Lord in our lives who taught us about humble service.