Sunday, 14 June 2015

External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart A.D. 2015

On 14 June 2015Third Sunday after Pentecost, Mass was celebrated for the External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 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.


From the Epistle to the distribution of Holy Communion.






Saint Anthony of Padua A.D. 2015

On 13 June 2015feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, Mass was celebrated at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were some members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


From after the sermon to the Consecration.




Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Sacred Heart A.D. 2015

On 12 June 2015, feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mass was celebrated at the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were some members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.


From the Gospel to the dismissal.





Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

External Solemnity of Corpus Christi A.D. 2015

On 7 June 2015, Second Sunday after Pentecost, Mass was celebrated for the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi 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.


From the procession to the distribution of Holy Communion.






Corpus Christi lesson II: The evil of human respect

The First National Eucharistic Congress of the Philippines was held from 11 to 16 December 1929. The sessions officially began on 12 December. The first day of the sessions, 12 December, was appointed as the día de las mujeres or the Women’s Day. The day began at 6.30, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered in the cathedral by the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Santiago Sancho, bishop of Nueva Segovia, for the archconfraternities, confraternities, and pious associations of the archdiocese. Singing at Mass were students of the Sisters of Charity.

The day was especially dedicated to women. However, we will still follow here, in continuity with what we have shared here, the youth with the Young Men’s Session. At 7.30, after Mass, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament commenced. The vigil was divided amongst different groups. [The vigil would end at 6.00 in the evening, with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 5.30.] At 9.00, after the start of the Exposition, each section proceeded to their respective venues. The Young Men’s Section proceeded to the Saint Rita’s Hall along Taft Avenue. The presiding prelate in the session was the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend James McClosky, bishop of Jaro. In charge of the open forum was Padre José Pamintuan of Tanay, Rizal, with Mr Teodoro Evangelista of the University of the Philippines as chairman.

The first topic discussed was: The Holy Eucharist and the Filipino Youth. Below we reproduce the speech delivered by the first speaker, Mr Amando Ocampo of De La Salle College (now De La Salle University).

THE HOLY EUCHARIST
AND THE FILIPINO YOUTH
AMANDO OCAMPO
12 DECEMBER 1929 

De La Salle College

“As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me.”
Your Lordship, Rev. Fathers, Esteemed Professors and Fellow Students:
In this passage from St. John’s Gospel is summarised all our duties to the Holy Eucharist, and the effect of that Sacrament on our lives: “He that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me.”
In season and out of season the Church has preached the necessity of the Holy Eucharist if we would live according to the moral law. This she has proclaimed to all Catholics: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you shall not have life in you.” That is, unless we are devout towards the Holy Eucharist we shall not be able to resist the allurements to mortal sin; we shall lose the grace of God, and perish eternally, body and soul.
Fellow students, it is not necessary to dilate further on the necessity of making this great Sacrament the be-all and the end-all of our lives, the centrepiece of all our worship and devotion. We, who have the privilege and the happiness of being brought up in a Catholic atmosphere, in Catholic schools and Colleges, we understand all this. But understanding it is not enough. We must practice the Faith that is in us, and this first for our own sakes, and secondly, for the sake of our own Filipino people.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

First Friday of June A.D. 2015

On 5 June 2015, First Friday of the month, Mass was sung in honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 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.


At Mass.




Corpus Christi lesson I: Human society and the Blessed Sacrament

The First National Eucharistic Congress of the Philippines was held from 11 to 16 December 1929. The sessions officially began on 12 December. The second day of the sessions, 13 December, was appointed as the día de los estudiantes or the Students’ Day. The day began at 6.30, with double Masses one offered in the cathedral by the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend James McCloskey, bishop of Jaro, for male students; and another at the church of Saint Dominic by the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Sofronio Hacbang, bishop of Calbayog, for the female students. Both Masses were designated for the general Communion of the students.

The day was especially dedicated to the youth. Here we will follow the Young Women’s Session. At 7.30, after Mass, the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament commenced. The vigil was divided amongst different groups. [The vigil would end at 6.00 in the evening, with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 5.30.] At 9.00, after the start of the Exposition, each section proceeded to their respective venues. The Young Women’s Section proceeded to the Assumption Convent at 405 Herrán. The prelate in the session was the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Constanz Jürgens, bishop of Tuguegarao. Presiding the open forum was Padre Francisco Muñoz, with Ms Dolores Paterno, president of the archdiocesan committee of the JCWL (Junior Catholic Women’s League), as chairwoman.

The first topic discussed was: Catholic Action—the restoration of human society in Christ and in the Eucharist. Below we reproduce the speech delivered by the first speaker, Ms María Vaca of the JCWL of Saint Scholastica’s College.

THE RESTORATION OF HUMAN SOCIETY
IN CHRIST MUST BEGIN WITH
THE RESTORATION OF HONOURING
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
MARÍA VACA
13 DECEMBER 1929 

Saint Scholastica’s College

The World War with all its terror and disasters had come to an end bringing with it dethronement of so many rulers. Since then several attempts have been made by non-sectarians to establish universal peace. Let me mention here the great work of the League of Nations which pursued no other aim than to effect union by means of contracts. What characterised all these attempts was the exclusion of religion, Jesus Christ and the Pope from meetings. Must we, therefore, be astonished that this ardently desired universal peace has not been established? That all efforts in this regard have proved a failure? Our Holy Father, Pope Pius XI, in his ardent love for all immortal souls and as the head of the Universal Church of Jesus Christ could not let pass into eternity the year of jubilee 1925, which meant for every Catholic a year of innumerable graces, without making a challenge to all his faithful to [a] truly Catholic Action, thus attempting earnestly to effect a universal peace in the truest sense of the word. This he did by his encyclical of [11 December 1925] instituting the feast of Christ the King. Allow me to give here in a few words the content of this letter called Quas primas.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

‘Democresque’

It is not our habit to feature contemporary writers here but we will make an exception, probably just this once.

The masterful Spanish journalist Juan Manuel de Prada Blanco’s latest book, Dinero, demogresca y otros podemonios, is now out. In Rorate’s words, he “is by far the most famous Catholic writer and columnist in contemporary Spain.” English translations of his writings can be read over at Rorate here (re: a ‘certain’ interview), here (re: traditions in Spain), here (re: Extraordinary Synod of the Family), and here (re: New World Order).

Here we present a translation of the last three topics in the first chapter of the aforesaid book. The chapter carries the title Demogresca, a word that figures prominently in De Prada’s writings, but has no entry yet in the Spanish dictionaries we have so unfortunately found. We have tentatively rendered it into English as democresque, as the title of this entry shows, in between single quotation marks, hoping that someone would come forward with a better translation.

CHAPTER I
DEMOCRESQUE

[…]

Ecce homo
Minkácsy Mihály
(source)

There is something that shakes us in the condemnation of the just, because we all have a very rooted natural notion of justice—we could almost say that it is inscribed in our genes (even though many try to hide it); and if trampling upon justice is always abhorrent, when this serves to condemn the innocent, it turns out to be aberrant. The analysis of the process against Jesus ought to be proposed to those who study law, wherein justice acquires a mad denseness, pullulating with legal irregularities and aberrations: the Sanhedrin gathered during the time of the Passover, which was forbidden to them; the testimonies against Jesus were false and contradictory; there were no defence witnesses, nor was it permitted that the accused should avail himself of a counsel; the sentence of the Sanhedrin was not preceded by the required vote; two sessions were held on the same day, without the established legal recess between the arraignment and the verdict; the condemned was afterwards sent to the Roman authorities, which the Sanhedrin did not recognise as legitimate and which, moreover (as Pilate himself observes), had no jurisdiction over religious crimes; the crime of conspiracy against Caesar, which the members of the Sanhedrin afterwards promoted, was not punishable by crucifixion, unless if it were by means of an armed uprising, which manifestly Jesus did not do; and, finally, leaving all other irregularities behind, the Roman procurator sentenced the accused to death without pronouncing the official verdict, which a judge cannot do, because it is tantamount to abdicating his office.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Thurification in Theophoric Processions

[UPDATE (21.10.2016): Caption on photo corrected.]

On Thursday, 4 June 2015, Christendom will celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. As has been done throughout the centuries, from the first celebration of the feast in Liège, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession after Mass.

Corpus Christi procession in Venice
with D. Giuseppe Sarto, Patriarch of Venice,
later Pope Saint Pius X, carrying the Sacrament;
two thurifers swinging censers walk ahead.

In many places, this feast is transferred to the nearest Sunday, or the Sunday after the proper feast.

Trinity Sunday A.D. 2015

On 31 May 2015, Trinity 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.


From the aspersion until the distribution of Holy Communion.






Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.