Sunday, 30 November 2014

Besamanos for a priest

Dei praesidio fultus greets Rev. Fr. Michell Joe B. Zerrudo on the occasion of his 21st sacerdotal anniversary! 

¡Felices bodas de latón!

I Sunday of Advent A.D. 2014

Happy New Year, Roman Catholics!

On 31 November 2014, First Sunday of Advent, first day of the new liturgical year, Mass was celebrated at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.

At the beginning of the Mass.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Why Nuestra Señora de la O?

Why do we Hispanics call the Blessed Virgin, under the title of her Expectation of Childbirth, Our Lady of the O? We reproduce part of the following passage in from the unpublished manuscript on the misa de aguinaldo by this author.


It is important to highlight the oft-ignored fact that this transferred feast was named as the feast of the Mother of the Lord, in honour of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as is evident from the heading of the first canon of Tenth Council of Toledo. When the Missale mixtum of Cisneros appeared in 1500, 25 March is appointed Annuntiatio Sanctae Mariae, and 18 December as Annuntiatio Sanctae Mariae de la O. This double celebration in the missal is mentioned and indeed explained in the present sixth lesson of the feast on 18 December, to wit:
However, although the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin mayeth now keep its place, and be celebrated on the eighth calends of April in the whole Church: the Church of Toledo nevertheless retaineth both solemnities: one in the month of March, as it mayeth follow the most hallowed custom of the Church of Rome, which is the instructress and mother of all churches: another on the eighth day before the birthday of the Lord: first, since this solemnity was instituted by the very Church of Toledo, and received with great veneration by other churches, it mayeth be celebrated hitherto through all Spain; second, since certainly, therefore, on this very day, the Most Holy Virgin might have deigned to consecrate with her presence the cathedral of Toledo, and to adorn her servant Ildephonsus with holy gifts.
It profits us greatly to notice that at the onset of the 16th century, the feast on 18 December had already been called the Annunciation of Holy Mary of the O. Part of which name persists even to our time in the ubiquitous Marian advocacy of Nuestra Señora de la O, the more popular name by which the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin is known in Spain and in her former colonies. Many authors have already explained to us the origin of this curious appellation, and there are two outstanding theories, one of which The Catholic Encyclopedia dismisses as impossible.

Saturday, 1 November 2014