Friday, 6 February 2015

First Friday of February A. D. 2015: Act of Reparation

On 6 February 2015, First Friday of the month, Mass was sung in honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in reparation for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of His divine love committed during the distribution of Holy Communion in the Holy Metropolitan Church of Manila and at the Luneta in the Masses celebrated during the Papal Visit.

Accounts, reported here, from eyewitnesses who saw the Hosts—the very Body and Blood of the Lord!—being passed around like some cheap cracker or biscuit, softened by the general dampness of the weather, accidentally discharged to the mud and not retrieved, trampled upon by countless feet are enough to move the heart of every Catholic unto sorrow and compunction.

These desecrated Hosts, inadvertently or not, do not even include the countless particles that adhered to the palms of those who received Communion by the hand, those Hosts taken hostage as a memento or as a virtud to be fed to gamecocks and similar beasts, and others profaned in one way or another.

After Mass, a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament was celebrated as an act of expiation to the terrible sacrilege perpetrated to the Most August Sacrament of the Altar, a terrible sacrilege that is made even more pernicious and disquieting by the apparent denial of many—some in the Philippine Hierarchy are not exempted—to the point of fashioning excuses unheard of either in Holy Writ or Sacred Tradition, or in canon law, or even in the catechism, as has unfortunately become apparent to us here. Defending an offence done is one of the nine ways of becoming an accessory to sin.

Let us implore the Lord that He may look upon our acts of expiation, be they private or public, and, in His justice and charity, show us His divine mercy, and avert His anger from us poor sinners.

Ut, ablatis omnibus sacrilegium conficiendi occasionibus, in omnibus dignanter laudetur Dominus.

1 comment:

  1. Shocking is too tame a word to describe what happened. Although not in manila i offered all my devotions the following day in reparation. May Our Lord have mercy.