Saturday, 18 April 2015

Baptism according to the use of the Philippine Islands

Original in Spanish

Just seven hours ago, the solemn baptism of Junífera Clarita Perey Alas ended, according to the rite contained in the liturgical books of these Islands mandated and in force in 1962. She is the youngest daughter of the Alas couple, whose matrimony was likewise celebrated according to said books, in the rite appropriately called Mozarabic, and whose photos are found here.



Bautizo conforme al uso de las Islas Filipinas

Traducción en inglés

Hace apenas siete horas que se acaba el solemne bautizo de la Srta. Junífera Clarita Alas Perey, conforme al rito que se contiene en los libros litúrgicos de estas Islas refrendados y vigentes en 1962. Es la hija menor de los Alas, cuyo matrimonio fue celebrado también según los antedichos libros, en el rito apropiadamente llamado mozárabe, y que cuyas fotos se encuentran aquí.



Saturday, 4 April 2015

Holy Saturday A.D. 2015

Holy Saturday is the last day of the Sacred Triduum, the final day the Church observes in silence and recollection as a prelude to the great joy and exultation in the Resurrection of the Lord. On Holy Saturday, we spend our hours by the tomb of the Lord, Who died for us. On Holy Saturday, the Vigil of Easter was celebrated in the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.

Assuming no classical Easter Vigil was celebrated in Palau, New Zealand, Guam, and Japan, this Easter Vigil would be the first not only in the Philippines but also throughout Christendom in the whole world. This Vigil lasted fifteen minutes shy of five hours.


The ceremonies began with the blessing of the new fire.

Deus, qui per Fílium tuum, angulárem scílicet lápidem, claritátis tuae ignem fidélibus contulísti : prodúctum e sílice, nostris profutúrum úsibus, novum hunc ignem sanctífica : et concéde nobis, ita per haec festa paschália a coeléstibus desidérii inflammári ; ut ad perpétua claritátis, puris méntibus, valéamus festa pertíngere. Per eúmdem Christum Dóminum nostrum.

Dómine sancte, Pater omnípotens, aetérne Deus : benedicéntibus nobis hunc ignem in nómine tuo, et Unigéniti Fílii tui Dei ac Dómini nostri Iesu Christi, et Spíritus Sancti, cooperári dignéris ; et ádiuva nos contra igníta tela inimíci, et illústras grátia coelésti : Qui vivis et regnas cum eódem Unigénito tuo, et Spíritu Sancto, Deus : per ómnia saécula saeculórum.

Tinieblas for Holy Saturday A.D. 2015

Just as in the previous evenings, the tinieblas for Holy Saturday were sung at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao by members of the Cappella Gregoriana Sanctae Caeciliae olim Xicatunensis at 8:00 in the evening.


The offices proceed similarly as they did in the previous day, according to what is described here. A special note to this evening is the singing of the offices coram reliqua verae Crucis, which had been unveiled during the Presanctified (as should be, according to the rubrics), and which accounts for the presence of the additional four candlesticks on the altar.





Good Friday A.D. 2015

Good Friday is the second day of the Sacred Triduum, when we celebrate the Passion and Death of our Lord on the Cross, by which He reconciled the world unto Himself, having washed its sin in the waves of His Most Precious Blood. The ceremonies of Good Friday were celebrated in the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


After the prophecy and lesson, their tracts likewise sung, and the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John, the great orations followed.
Orémus et pro ómnibus epíscopis, presbýteris, diacónibus, subdiacónibus, acólythis, exorcístis, lectóribus, ostiáriis, confessóribus, virgínibus, víduis : et pro omni pópulo sancto Dei.
Orémus. Flectámus génua. Leváte.
Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, cuius spíritu totum corpus Ecclésiae sanctificátur et régitur : exáudi nos pro univérsis ordínibus supplicántes ; ut grátiae tuae múnere, ab ómnibus tibi grádibus fidéliter serviátur. Per Dóminum nostrum Iesum Christum Fílium tuum : qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus : per ómnia saécula saeculórum.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Tinieblas for Good Friday A.D. 2015

In the evening of Maundy Thursday, the tinieblas for Good Friday were sung at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao by members of the Cappella Gregoriana Sanctae Caeciliae olim Xicatunensis at 8:00 in the evening.


The offices proceed similarly as they did in the previous day, according to what is described here.





Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Maundy Thursday A.D. 2015

[UPDATE: New photos added.]

Maundy Thursday
falls on 2 April this year. On the first day of the Sacred Triduum, we celebrate the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist by our Lord Jesus Christ, and the mandatum—maundy or mandy in English—wherein the Lord and Master humbled Himself into washing the feet of His Apostles that they may also wash each other’s feet. On this day, Mass was sung in the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.

Glory be to Jesus,
Who in bitter pains,
poured for us the lifeblood
from His sacred veins.
Grace and life eternal
in His Blood we find,
blest be His compassion;
infinitely kind.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Tinieblas for Maundy Thursday A.D. 2015

The Office of DarknessOfficium Tenebrarum or Officium Tenebrae in Latin—comprises the offices of matins and lauds traditionally sung or recited in the evening for the last three days of Holy Week, what we call the Sacred Triduum. In the Philippines, this office is called in its Spanish name, tinieblas, which has also lent its name, at least in some localities, to the large wooden clapper installed in the belfries of those times, more widely known as matracas, apparently because when the time of the customary noise was come, the belfry clapper was also sounded. The tinieblas are sung at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao by members of the Cappella Gregoriana Sanctae Caeciliae olim Xicatunensis at 8:00 in the evening.


A very familiar contraption used in the tinieblas is the tenebrario, what we call in Latin as the candelabrum triangulum and in English as the tenebrae hearse. It holds fifteen sockets and must support fifteen candles, which are one by one extinguished at the end of each psalm (nine from matins, five from lauds) until only the topmost candle remains burning. This topmost and centre candle is not seldom referred to as the Christ candle.