Holy Week 2009

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The preparation of Holy Week started on Ash Wednesday. I used to be very active with the Holy week activities before. I was part of the church choir and I really miss the days when we used to sing during the masses and activities associated with remembering Jesus’ passion.

Our family always participate in the celebration of the Triduum prayer or the Easter Triduum. The Triduum starts with the celebration of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday ends on the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass.

They said that if you are able to complete the Triduum prayer then whatever wish you have will be granted. :)

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Ciao! :)

Ash Wednesday

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“You were made from soil, and you will become soil again…” Genesis 3:19

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and say Hello 2009!

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I need to finish a review today. Though I am still lazy to tell how my family and I welcomed the new year, I need to do it now.

It was raining when we welcome year 2009. My sisters and I wish to rain on new year’s eve came true this year. Well, we’re all afraid of fire crackers and I really hate people who are fond of lighting fire crackers. It’s a good thing, it rained on new year’s eve. So, there’s not much fire crackers.

My family and I blowed trumpets and shaked our coin banks and ofcourse we yelled Happy New Year at the top of our voice! We also watched fireworks display and Nonet really enjoyed it.

Afterwards, we ate our media noche. Mama prepared Relyenong bangus, embotido, menudo and pansit. My sister made coffee jelly while I prepared Buko pandan for our dessert. At around 1AM of January 1, 2009, they started getting ready for bed. But I decided to stay up and watch Charmed. I really love it! I just bought a complete season of it and I decided to spend sometime infront of the television. I slept around 5AM and woke up 12:30PM. After lunch, I went to bed again. I was really sleepy. 

My mother woke me up at around 4PM for we will attend the 5PM mass. January 1 is not only a celebration of new year. But for Catholic believers, we also celebrate January 1 as the Feast of Mama Mary being the Mother of God. January 1 is actually a week after we celebrate Christmas Day. Christmas is the day when Mama Mary gave birth to the Son of God, Jesus.

Well, I am looking forward to a brand new year. A new hope, new beginning and abundant blessings for me, myu family and for everybody!

Happy new Year!!!!

Is Santa Claus for real?

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When we’re young, we always hang our Christmas stockings and wait for dear Santa Claus to fill it with gifts. More often than not, we caught our parents secretly placing our Christmas wishes into those big stockings the night before Christmas. So, when we woke up and greet Christmas day a good morning, we found our stockings filled with gifts.  Then we knew that Santa stopped by our house last night, gave our gifts for being good boys and girls the whole year.

To this day, Santa Claus is still a significant symbol of celebrating Christmas. I received this email this morning and I would like to share it with you.

 Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

From the Editorial Page of The New York Sun, written by Francis P. Church, September 21, 1897 We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

“Dear Editor–I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?”
Virginia O’Hanlon, 115 West Ninety-fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Nine Mornings

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Christmas will never be complete for Filipinos if we will not participate in the 9-day Novena mass in preparation for Christmas day. Simbang Gabi as we call it here in the Philippines. Though, the mass is being celebrated usually at around 4AM, we still call it Simbang Gabi or MIsa de Gallo in Spanish. The word “gallo“ comes from a Spanish word called rooster.  

The 9-day novena mass starts on December 16 up to December 24. They said that if you will be able to complete the 9-day novena, whatever it is that you pray for will be granted.

When I was young, I really see to it that I will complete the 9-day simbang gabi. I would really felt bad if I miss a day, especially when I am praying for something that I really wanted to have. Due to work reasons, I can no longer complete my simbang gabi. But, I still participate in the mass if I can.

In our parish church, we have 3 schedules for simbang gabi. That is really cool. Everybody will have the time to attend mass, without making work reason as an excuse. Well, that really hit me.. :(   The first schedule is 9:30PM which starts from Dec. 15-23. And, 3:30 AM and 5:00 AM which starts on Dec. 16-24. 

The sacrifice of waking up early and to hear mass will then be benefited by a seasonal Filipino delicacies, Bibingka and Puto Bumbong. Although, these two kakanins are being served from some stores all year round, it is still great to enjoy these kinds of food during the holidays.

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Bibingka

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Puto Bumbong

As of this writing, it is just about 6 days to go before Christmas. I still have time to attend Simbang Gabi and enjoy bibingka and puto bumbong.. :)

Feast of the Holy Rosary

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Last Tuesday, October 7 our barangay celebrated our 45th feast day as a parish. But according to our parish priest the devotion of Barangay Rosario’s residents to the Holy Rosary may have been there long time ago. It maybe around 100 years or more.

We heard mass at 6PM and then participated in the procession. It was a day of thanksgiving to God and to our patroness, our dear mother, Mary, for a year that passed and the year to come. :)

Our patroness during the Annual procession.

Nonet and I joined the procession from the church up to our house only.

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