Sunday, 26 January 2014

Matrimony according to the Use of the Philippine Islands

On Saturday, 25 January 2014, feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle, Michael Decoyna and Virginia Padngaran contracted matrimony according to the Use of the Philippine Islands, in the face and in the peace of Holy Mother Church at the parish of Saint Joseph in La Trinidad in Benguet, in the presence of Monsignor Andres Cosalan, Jr., Vicar General of the Diocese of Baguio and spiritual director of the Communio Servorum Missae Latinae.

The rite of matrimony

The sacrament was contracted at the entrance of the church, in the presence of the witnesses and the families of the nuptial couple.

Celebration of matrimony before the doors of the church

After the admonition and exhortation, and the scrutiny by triple interrogation (first of the bride and then of the groom), the nuptial couple were bound inseparably duo in carne una, the witnessing priest invoking the Triune Godhead, the Communion of Saints, and Holy Mother Church.

Union of right hands

The thirteen arrhae and the two rings, placed upon a platter, were then blessed.

The thirteen arrhae and the two rings placed upon the platter

Blessing of the thirteen arrhae and the two rings

The rings already blessed were then bestowed first unto the husband by the priest, and then to the wife through the husband. The rings were imposed, as indicated in the rubrics, on the ring finger of the right hand of the husband and the wife.

Imposition of the ring upon the husband by the priest

Imposition of the ring upon the wife by the husband

The arrhae were then transmitted from the priest to the husband, then the husband to the wife (repeating the formula dictated by the priest), then the wife back to the priest.

Transmission of the arrhae from the priest to the husband

Transmission of the arrhae from the husband to the wife

Transmission of the arrhae from the wife and back to the priest

After the psalm and the final prayer, the Nuptial Mass began with the introduction of the nuptial couple into the sanctuary, processing while holding unto the edge of the stole of the priest.

Start of the procession from the doors of the church

Servers heading the procession

Husband and wife holding an edge of the stole

Candles were lit and given to the nuptial couple and their sponsors at the Gospel, extinguished afterwards (and rekindled at the Sanctus and extinguished for the last time thereafter). Msgr. Cosalan delivered a beautiful sermon on the sacrament of Matrimony.

Sermon

After the Pater noster and before the Líbera me, the veil and the yoke were then imposed on the husband and wife: the veil covering the head of the wife and the shoulders of the groom; the yoke forming the figure of 8 upon the veil. Afterwards, Mass proceeded as usual.

At the elevation of the Body of Christ

At the elevation of the Blood of Christ

Communion of the faithful

After the Mass, the child of the couple was baptised in the traditional rites.

Baptism of the child

For previous matrimonies celebrated according to the ancient rite of the Philippines: please refer to this from 2 February 2013, this from 13 September 2013, and this from 26 December 2013.

Photos by Maurice Joseph Maglaqui Almadrones

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.