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

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.

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

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.