Sunday, 1 January 2017

Traditional Ordo 2017

In 2015 (here) and recently (here), we mentioned that “[due] to layout constraints, and to avoid optically cluttering the calendar, we decided to include only the proper feasts of our archdioceses” in it, adding that “[all] diocesan proper feasts […] will be inscribed in the directorium.

We now present the directorium, the old name by which the ordo was called. This is only a portion of the entire ordo, spanning from January until the beginning of March. Feasts proper to ecclesiastic circumscriptions are here included (e.g., p. 19 for the feast of Saint William, patron and titular of the cathedrals of San Fernando de La Unión, Laoag, and Tabuk), as well as notes on peculiar practices in the Philippines (e.g., p. 29 on the Via Crucis processions).

Ordo 2017

The entries in this ordo are based on the preconciliar ordines that we have in our possession, augmented with necessary details from the present ones. This ordo begins with 1 January and ends with 31 December, as most ordines in the past did. Certain devotional practices are added in the Appendices, and towards the end are the Indices. After these is a supplement with the Offices proper to the Philippines.

Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Fasting and abstinence on Christmas Eve

Today is 23 December, a Friday.

Bodegón
Felipe Checa y Delicado, 1896
Museo del Prado

Under the current Code of Canon Law, with approval from the Holy See, Filipinos are required either to abstain from meat, or to perform an act of penance. Before the lamentable dilution of many things that made us Catholic, 23 December was a day of fasting and abstinence. While no longer binding, it is praiseworthy and indeed noble to observe this old penance, to soften the rigidity of our gluttonous appetites with the parvity and simplicity of our meals.

There exist amongst us pockets of disagreement over which day is the traditional date. One side argues that 23 December was the date observed during the Spanish era. Another side argues that 24 December was the Spanish observance.

Once and for all, we present the timeline below:

Monday, 12 December 2016

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Heavenly Patroness of the Philippine Islands! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Heavenly Patroness of the Philippines
(source)

Obsession with rank is a cultural baggage common to Filipinos. It runs the gamut from stage mothers pitting their preschoolers against each other in school singing competitions, to media networks appropriating for themselves meteoric ratings based on their statistics in hand. Companies attempt to harness the better aspects of this Filipino tendency, rebranding it as a strong bias towards excellence, but, as is almost always the case, never quite succeed in banishing its malignant expressions.

We are tempted into tracing this obsession to the agglomeration of many proverbial nations forming the proverbial Philippine state. Scattered settlements, congealed into colonies, kept in check by a combination of divide et impera and a caste system that placed importance not only on racial purity but, more importantly, on birth geography, created a regionalism that is barely masked by a fabricated linguistic unity under a national patois. This, together with the padrino system, which is anchored on a complex social and societal contract, in a multitiered and bureaucratic government, ultimately increases the burden of our obsession with rank.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a victim of this Filipino obsession.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Third Sunday of Advent A.D. 2016

On 11 December 2016, Third Sunday of Advent, otherwise known as Gaudete Sunday, Mass was celebrated at the Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


At the chanting of the Introit, during the prayers at the foot of the altar; at the chanting of the Epistle; and at the distribution of Holy Communion. Rose and organ music, for one Sunday during Advent, soften the penitential character of the season.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

XXVII Sunday after Pentecost A.D. 2016

On 20 November 2016, Twenty-seventh and Last Sunday after PentecostMass was celebrated at the Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


At the chanting of the Gospel; at the Consecration; at the distribution of Holy Communion.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Traditional Calendar A.D. 2017

We now present the 2017 Traditional Liturgical Calendar, inscribed with the proper feasts of the Philippines. The theme is Sacrifice of the Altar. The ensuing vignettes are taken from the Spanish version of the calendar. Click on them to enlarge.




The calendar prints on 21 × 27.9 paper.

We will only print the standard English version of the calendar and only in this format.

As is shown above, the full calendar presents the liturgical feasts observed throughout the Philippines, according to the particular calendar of the archipelago. Due to layout constraints, and to avoid optically cluttering the calendar, we decided to include only the proper feasts of our archdioceses. All diocesan proper feasts, however, will be inscribed in the directorium. As in the previous calendar, we have not included the particular feasts of each and every barangay and municipality in the Philippines, which would require our calendar to assume encyclopaedic proportions. We included only those proper feasts in some places of notable character.

Information on holidays of obligation, external solemnities, fasting and abstinence are also available. A detailed description of the prevailing laws, with the concessions granted to the Philippines, are provided at the beginning, as well as notes in the calendar itself, where necessary.

Price is PhP 125 per calendar. As communicated to us, there is a special discount for bulk orders (more information on this to be announced).

For orders, please contact Sarah Ortiz at 0933.365.5321. You may also approach her on Sundays, before or after the 2.00 pm Traditional Latin Mass at the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Brixton Hill, Quezon City.

For those outside Manila, and for other questions and enquiries, please send an email to anamnesis.pub@gmail.com, or send a message to www.facebook.com/CGSCOX.

Some of the pages of the draft of the calendar are available for browsing only here.

PREVIOUS CALENDARS
2015: Sense of the Sacred
2016: Faith and Faithfulness of the Philippine Islands

Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

XXV Sunday after Pentecost A.D. 2016

On 6 November 2016, Twenty-fifth Sunday after PentecostMass was celebrated at the Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


At the entrance; at the chanting of the Lesson; at the Consecration.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.