Saturday, 25 February 2017

Ashes and Ash Wednesday

Tomorrow is Quinquagesima Sunday. March will be arriving with Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. On that day, fasting and abstinence (without substitution) will be mandatory. Most Filipino Catholics, however, try to avoid this obligation by receiving ashes very late or in the evening, as if the obligation itself depended on the ashes.

Whether we receive ashes or not, we are bound to fast and abstain from fleshmeat from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 pm of Ash Wednesday. Whether we receive ashes in the morning, at noon, or in the evening, we are bound to eat only one full meal and two small collations, all of which contain no meat, for the entire day. Otherwise, if we disfigure our faces first and then fast and abstain, the words of the Gospel would be upon us: “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, who disfigure their face in order to appear to men as fasting” (Mt. 6, 16–17).

Here in this archipelago we call our homeland, on Ash Wednesday, we will be receiving ashes of varying degrees of moistness. Why are our ashes moist? Why do we tolerate moist ashes? Why do we even have moist ashes, in the first place?

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Septuagesima A.D. 2017

On 12 February 2017, Sunday in Septuagesima, Mass was celebrated at the Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer in the Diocese of Cubao. Assisting were members of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.

At the prayers at the foot of the altar; and at the Consecration.

Ut in omnibus laudetur Dominus.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Solemn Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Supreme and Sovereign Priest on the occasion of a Sacerdotal Anniversary

On 10 February 2017, on the occasion of the 33rd Sacerdotal Anniversary of Right Reverend Monsignor Eugenio G. Reyes, J.C.D., Spiritual Director of the Latin Mass Society of Saint Ferdinand, the Solemn Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Supreme and Sovereign Priest was celebrated coram Episcopo at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando. Assisting were members of the same Latin Mass Society of Saint Ferdinand and of the Societas Ecclesia Dei Sancti Ioseph – Una Voce Philippines.

Ad multos annos, Domne Eugeni !

At the procession, and at the prayers at the foot of the altar. In attendance were the Metropolitan Archbishop of San Fernando, Most Rev. Florentino G. Lavarias, D.D., and the Archbishop-Emeritus, Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto D.D.