Monday, 25 May 2015

Reckless words

“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.”


We hanker for the past when the present fails to make reason, and the future looks dimmer than a starless December sky. This is not nostalgia. Nostalgia is a cowardly word, cheapened by how often people used and continue to use it to invalidate our labours in upholding the wisdom of the Church. Nostalgia is the sigh of the vanquished, or of those facing the throes of extinction.

El suspiro del moro
Francisco Pradilla Ortiz
(source)

This is survival instinct. The smoke of Satan creeps into our midst. We groan under its heavy stench. This is disaster preparedness. Doctrinal deforestation invites a flash flood of heresies. We plan to survive this impending deluge of errors. This is preventive measure. A door with a loose hinge creaks, its noise unbearably piteous when hostile winds blow. We merely want to repair the hinge, lest the next hurricane blow it away.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Galero in the Manila Cathedral

It is often believed that the galero hanging from the lantern of the dome of the cathedral of Manila is the very same galero presented to Rufino Cardinal Santos (d. 3 September 1973), the first Filipino elevated to the sacred purple.


Cathedral authorities, however, confirmed that this belonged to the late Jaime Cardinal Sin (d. 21 June 2005), having been presented to him as a gift (and, accordingly, never used). According to one of those who procured the galero, it cost a fortune.

Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Pentecost Sunday A.D. 2015

On 24 May 2015, Pentecost Sunday, 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 Mass.




At the end of the Mass, the Veni, Creator Spiritus was sung.

Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Vigil of Pentecost A.D. 2015

On 23 May 2015, Vigil of Pentecost, 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.


During the Vigil, at the singing of the prophecies and canticles, and at the Litanies.




At Mass.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Monday, 18 May 2015

External Solemnity of the Ascension A.D. 2015

On 17 May 2015, Sunday after the Ascension, Mass was celebrated at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao, as an External Solemnity of the Ascension. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


From the aspersion to the Consecration.




From the distribution of Holy Communion to the recession.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Virgin of Antipolo

Original in Spanish

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Today, Saturday, 16 May 2015, the faithful of the Traditional Latin Mass made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in the city of Antipolo.


An old image, brought from Mexico in 1626 by Don Juan Niño de Tabora, destined to the government and captaincy general of the Philippine Islands, she was acclaimed as the one who protected the voyage and kept it without harm, for which reason she received the title of Peace and Good Voyage. Don Juan entrusted the image to the Jesuit priests of the church of Saint Ignatius in Intramuros.


Don Juan having died, the image passed ownership to the Jesuits fathers who established their mission in what would later be Antipolo, where, when the church was being constructed, many times the image left her altar only to reappear on the top of a breadfruit tree (Artocarpus incisa), known in the locality as tipolo, which later gave its name to the place. The church transferred to the site of the said tree, and its trunk was made into the first pedestal whereupon the Virgin stood for many years afterwards.


As patroness of the Manila galleon trade, she crossed the Pacific six times in a voyage from Manila to Acapulo, and back, between 1648 and 1748. Her triumphant return to Antipolo after her last voyage was celebrated with a biduum of great feasting and rejoicing, securing the ascent of the Royal Chapel of Manila (which then included a large number of trebles with its precentors and succentors, choirmaster and chaplain) to her hallowed precincts to sing the Masses and the Offices in her honour.


The Virgin came down once again to Manila in 1904 for the silver anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. She returned to Manila in 1926 for her episcopal coronation from the hands of Msgr. Michael O’Doherty, then archbishop of Manila. In 1944, during the War, she took refuge in Quiapo, after having been hidden under the convent floor and then in the hills between Antipolo and Angono. And more recently, she graced with her presence the celebrations of the Marian Year of 1954.


Owing to these voyages, both in epochs past and in our times, she is now known as the most travelled of Our Lady in the Philippines. The old church of Antipolo was first burnt in the Chinese uprising of 1639, and afterwards was damaged in the earthquakes of 1645, 1824 and 1863, and finally destroyed by Allied bombing during the War. The Virgin is now kept the present church of Antipolo, see of the diocese of Antipolo, and she presides from her most ample niche placed upon the topmost story of the principal altarpiece, casting her tender and maternal gaze upon all devotees and faithful that surround her.

Peregrinaje al Santuario de la Virgen de Antipolo

Traducción en inglés

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Hoy sábado, 16 de mayo de 2015, peregrinaron los feligreses de la misa tradicional al santuario de la Ntra. Sra. de la Paz y Buen Viaje en la ciudad de Antipolo.


Antigua imagen, llevada desde México en 1626 por Don Juan Niño de Tabora, destinado al gobierno y capitanía general de las Islas Filipinas, aclamada como la que amparó al viaje y lo mantuvo sin averías, a cual causa recibió su título de la Paz y Buen Viaje. Don Juan entregó la imagen a los padres jesuitas de la iglesia de San Ignacio en Intramuros.


Fallecido Don Juan, pasó la imagen a los padres jesuitas misionando en lo que sería Antipolo, donde cuando se alzaba la iglesia, muchas veces abandonaba la Virgen a su altar solo para volver a aparecer en lo alto de un árbol de pan (Artocarpus incisa), llamado en la localidad como tipolo, que luego dio su nombre al lugar. La iglesia se trasladó al sitio del mencionado árbol, y su tronco se convirtió en la primera peana donde se posaba la Virgen muchos años después.


Como patrona del Galeón de Manila, seis veces más cruzó el Pacífico en un recorrido desde Manila a Acapulco entre 1648 y 1748. Su regreso triunfal a Antipolo después de su último viaje se celebró con gran festejo y regocijo durante dos días, consiguiendo la subida de la Capilla Real de Manila (contando muchos tiples con sus chantres, sochantres, maestro y capellán de capilla) a su sagrado recinto a cantar las misas y oficios en su honor.


Descendió de nuevo la Virgen a Manila en 1904 con motivo de las bodas de plata de la proclamación del dogma de la Inmaculada Concepción. Otra vez regresó a Manila en 1926 con motivo de su coronación episcopal en las manos del Monseñor Miguel O’Doherty, entonces arzobispo de Manila. En 1944, durante la Guerra se refugió en Quiapò, después de haberse escondido bajo el piso del convento antipolense y en los cerros entre Antipolo y Añgono. Y más recién, con su presencia, honró las celebraciones del Año Mariano de 1954.


Debido a estos viajes, tanto en las pasadas épocas como en nuestros tiempos, hoy se conoce como la imagen más viajera de la Nuestra Señora en Filipinas. La antigua iglesia de Antipolo fue primera vez quemada en la rebelión sangley de 1639, y después derrumbada en los terremotos de 1645, 1824 y 1863, y posteriormente derribada en el bombardeo aliado durante la Guerra. Hoy se conserva la Virgen en la actual iglesia de Antipolo, sede de la diócesis de Antipolo, y ella preside desde su amplísimo camarín colocado en el cuerpo superior del retablo mayor, echando su tierno y maternal vistazo a todos devotos y fieles que le rodean.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Invention of the Holy Cross A.D. 2015

On 3 May 2014, fourth Sunday after Easter, Mass in honour of the Invention of the Holy Cross, according to the calendar of the Philippines, was celebrated Mass 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.


This feast is the origin of the peculiar Filipino tradition of santacruzan, a catechetical Easter procession depicting the journey of the world towards salvation, which has now been unfortunately hijacked by the secular mercenaries and turned into a flamboyant pageantry.





Friday, 1 May 2015

Saint Joseph the Worker A.D. 2015

On 1 May 2015, Mass was sung in the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao in honour of Saint Joseph the Worker. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


Besides being inscribed in the 1962 General Roman Calendar in the first class, this is also a principal feast for the aforesaid Society, in which Saint Joseph is honoured as a principal patron.



After Mass, new members (shown below) were accepted to the Society, and old members renewed their vows.


Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.