Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Epiphany 2014

On the feast of the Epiphany, 6 January 2014, Reverend Father Michell Joe B. Zerrudo celebrated a sung Mass at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao.


Prayers at the foot of the altar
(photo by Weldann Lester A. Panganiban)


Incensation of the altar
(photo by Weldann Lester A. Panganiban)

Epistle
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Gospel
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

After the Gospel, the dates of the principal feasts of the new liturgical year that began on Advent last year were published in cantu.




Proclamation of the date of moveable feasts 2014 from Siniculus on Vimeo.
(video by Weldann Lester A. Panganiban)

After the proclamation, Father Zerrudo gave a powerful sermon on the mystery of the Incarnation, drawing comparisons between the Nativity of the Lord and His Passion. Our Lord Jesus Christ, said Father Zerrudo, was born under the shadow of the Cross.


Chirst born under the shadow of the Cross
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)


A few quotes from the sermon are below:
“Our path is to be born in a manger and die on the Cross. If we have already been born in a manger, then we know what to expect next.”
“Divinity is manifested in poverty and in the suffering: that is why, we Filipinos are drawn to the Santo Niño and the Nazareno.”
“We should follow the footsteps of Christ, from the lowliness of the crib to the humility of the crucifixion.”
“We are being persecuted. Is it because we are wrong? No. It is because we are on the right path. ‘Father, how do you know?’ Answer: ‘Because this is the path of Christ our Lord.’”
(credits to José Rafael K. Ortega and Miguel R. Madarang for these précis)

Consecration of the Body of Christ
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Consecration of the Blood of Christ
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

After Mass, chalk, and gold, incense and myrrh were blessed.


Blessing of gold, incense, and myrrh
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

The day before, eve of the Epiphany, after Mass of the Holy Name, Epiphany water was blessed according to the Rituale Romanum.

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