Sunday, 12 March 2017

II Sunday in Lent A.D. 2016

On 12 March 2017, Second Sunday in LentMass 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. In choir was the Cappella Gregoriana S. Cæciliæ olim Xicatunensis.


At the Consecration and at the distribution of Holy Communion.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Ash Wednesday A.D. 2017

On 1 March 2017, Ash Wednesday, Mass was sung in 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. In choir was the Cappella Gregoriana S. Cæciliæ olim Xicatunensis.


Before Mass, the ashes were blessed and imposed upon the faithful.




Saturday, 25 February 2017

Ashes and Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow is Quinquagesima Sunday. March will be arriving with Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. On that day, fasting and abstinence (without substitution) will be mandatory. Most Filipino Catholics, however, try to avoid this obligation by receiving ashes very late or in the evening, as if the obligation itself depended on the ashes.


Whether we receive ashes or not, we are bound to fast and abstain from fleshmeat from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 pm of Ash Wednesday. Whether we receive ashes in the morning, at noon, or in the evening, we are bound to eat only one full meal and two small collations, all of which contain no meat, for the entire day. Otherwise, if we disfigure our faces first and then fast and abstain, the words of the Gospel would be upon us: “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, who disfigure their face in order to appear to men as fasting” (Mt. 6, 16–17).

Here in this archipelago we call our homeland, on Ash Wednesday, we will be receiving ashes of varying degrees of moistness. Why are our ashes moist? Why do we tolerate moist ashes? Why do we even have moist ashes, in the first place?

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Septuagesima A.D. 2017

On 12 February 2017, Sunday in Septuagesima, 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 prayers at the foot of the altar; and at the Consecration.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Solemn Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Supreme and Sovereign Priest on the occasion of a Sacerdotal Anniversary

On 10 February 2017, on the occasion of the 33rd Sacerdotal Anniversary of Right Reverend Monsignor Eugenio G. Reyes, J.C.D., Spiritual Director of the Latin Mass Society of Saint Ferdinand, the Solemn Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Supreme and Sovereign Priest was celebrated coram Episcopo at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando. Assisting were members of the same Latin Mass Society of Saint Ferdinand and of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.



Ad multos annos, Domne Eugeni !

At the procession, and at the prayers at the foot of the altar. In attendance were the Metropolitan Archbishop of San Fernando, Most Rev. Florentino G. Lavarias, D.D., and the Archbishop-Emeritus, Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto D.D.




Sunday, 22 January 2017

Preces pro errantium et infidelium unione cum Sancta Romana Ecclesia

The First Plenary Council of the Philippines decreed that from 18 to 25 January each year, the octave leading to the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, at least in parish churches, prayers should be said for the return of all those who have strayed away, and for the conversion of all unbelievers.

Thusly we prayed before Mass today.


Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Traditional Ordo 2017

[UPDATE (20.03.2017): Section from January to mid-March closed; section from mid-March to mid-May opened.]

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.