Salubong 2012

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My sister Patty has always been dreaming and hoping to be an angel in the annual Salubong. Though it is not written in the Holy Scriptures, we believe through our faith, that Jesus appeared before His loving mother, Mary on the day that He resurrected from the death. We know how much Jesus loves His mother, and it is not impossible for Him to see His grieving mother when He was raised from death.

This is what being re-enacted upon on Salubong. Nonet happens to be the youngest and the smallest along the angels. She is not the one to take off Mary’s veil but that is fine. What is important is that she is fulfilling Patty’s dream to be an angel. :)

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It is so nice to look at her together with the other angels. :)

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I was able to get a good shot of the angel as she takes Mama Mary’s veil to see Jesus. It was joyful moment. I bet that 2000 years ago, when this happened, millions of angels are singing songs of praise and could have been blowing their trumpets, too. I could not imagine the joy Mama Mary felt when she saw her beloved son. :)

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After the program for salubong, we participated in the Easter Sunday’s mass. We are all happy.

Praise be to Jesus! Praise be to God!

Ciao! :)

Easter Vigil Mass

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Since Nonet was chosen to be one of the angels in Salubong, to be held at the early dawn of Easter Sunday, my mother gave way for me to attend the Easter Vigil Mass. Easter Vigil mass is held on the evening of Black Saturday. This is also the third day of the Triduum prayer. I am glad that I was able to complete Triduum prayer again. :)

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The Easter Vigil Mass started with the blessing of the fire that will light the Pascal Candle. It is also the longest mass ever! Before singing, “Lualhati sa Diyos”, there had been 4 readings and 4 Psalms. My sister Patty said that the readings used to be six. It was actually been reduced to four. Well, I cannot recall anymore. She said that one of the readings include, the big flood happened in Noah’s time.

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My heart is truly filled with joy when the church’s lights are turned on and when the choir starts singing Lualhati sa Diyos. The sound of the drums added to the beat which proclaims Jesus’ triumph against death. :)

It was really a night of joy and celebration.

Thank you Lord.

Ciao! :)

Holy Friday

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Holy Friday is when we remember Jesus death at the cross. The celebration in our church starts with the Seven Last Words at 12 noon. Then the veneration of the cross at 3PM follows. Attending the veneration of the cross at 3PM is the second day of the triduum prayer. In the homily, the priest stressed out that we should not be pity on Jesus when we saw Him on the cross. Instead, we should be forever grateful and should be sorry for the sins we have done.

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We are lucky today because, Jesus has already redeemed us from death. Jesus is alive and has succeeded death. We are lucky because now, we only remember His sacrifices for us. We are lucky because inspite of our sins, God loves us so much.

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I am guilty for my sins and I pray that Jesus will help me not to sin anymore. I know that it would take a lot of prayers to be strong enough to resist sin. I believe that we should be praying for one another and learn to really love and respect one another.

Thank you Jesus for Your love. Thank you Lord, God.

Ciao! :)

Maundy Thursday

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On Maundy Thursday, the Catholic Church holds the mass which signals the beginning of the Triduum Prayer. The mass is called, “Misa ng Huling Hapunan”. The highlights of this mass is washing of the feet. In this mass, we remember Jesus having dinner with His apostles to celebrate the Jews’ pass over. We remember Jesus washing the feet of His apostles. In our parish, the 12 chosen Lay Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, who represented each of Jesus’ 12 apostles, also washed the feet of the masses attending the said celebration. My foot was washed, too. I just don’t remember who the apostle was. Well, good thing I just had my pedicure. :)

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After the washing of the feet, the rest of mass celebration continued. After the communion, the exposed Holy Eucharist was placed in the tabernacle. A vigil has been hold for the holy tabernacle.

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On Maundy Thursday too, people from different part of the country participate in Alay Lakad. Some walked along Ortigas Avenue while others through Marcos Highway all are bound to Antipolo Cathedral. I participated once in this Alay Lakad when I was 12 years old. People may have different reasons for doing this sacrifice, but what is important is that their intentions are pure. (Pictures are from our church, Sto. Rosario de Pasig Parish fb account).

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Ciao! :)

Holy Wednesday

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Every year, we always look forward to Holy Wednesday. It is the day when Catholic Church holds the parade of saints. Images of the saints who were present during the passion of the Christ are set for a procession. The said images are not being praised but they were paraded to remind us about the sacrifice and death of Jesus. That the passion of the Christ really happened about 2000 years ago to save us from sins. And, these saints were there and witnessed the death of Christ.

Some of the saints present in the said procession are the images of St. John Evangelist, St. Mary Magdalene, The Good Samaritan, St. Peter, St. Jacobe, and Mama Mary.

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Aside from the fact that the images of the saints, reminds us about Jesus death, since they were the witnesses, my sisters and I also noticed the different dresses the images are wearing. It’s just looks good to see what the images are wearing. The detailed bead work, the use of different kinds of beads, such as Bronzite Beads and other sparkling beads add beauty to the image. We also noted the beautiful flowers used in each image carriage. :)

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We actually have this hope, that one day our family will own an image which will also be part of the said procession. Well, we are thinking of getting “The Last Supper”, or could also be the image of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane. :)

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Who knows, time will come and we’ll have one. It could also be a family heirloom which will be passed on from Nonet’s generation to her children’s children. (Pictures are from our church, Sto. Rosario de Pasig Church fb account.)
God bless our family.
Ciao! :)

Holy Tuesday

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I went to Our Lady of the Rosary Learning Center again to have lunchtime with my friends. Since it is holy week, we prefer to eat vegetables and fish. Although, our family has been devotedly refrain from eating pork and chicken on Holy Friday only. When I was younger, we do not eat meat starting Holy Thursday up to Black Saturday. But, as the years passed, we tend to eat meat on Holy Thursday and Black Saturday, but never on Holy Friday.

We have ginisang ampalaya, dried fish, and fried tofu for lunch. We ate ripe mango for dessert. I have loved and enjoyed eating lunch with them. We talked about anything under the sun over lunch. We laugh a lot and we really enjoy each other’s company.

I hope that our friendship will last a long time and will not end over lunch. I miss having lunch with them. :)

Ciao! :)

Holy Monday

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Since I was born in a Catholic family, we have been observing Holy Week ever since. There is no specific date as to when Holy week will be remembered. One thing I observe though, that Holy week usually falls on the week of April or March where there is full moon. :)

Holy week usually starts on a Palm Sunday. We remember Jesus entered Jerusalem as He rode on a donkey. He was welcomed by the people by waving palm leaves. Those were the same people who asked Pontius Pilate to crucify Him. I was in Sierra Madre for our team building then, but I was able to hear mass when arrived in the afternoon.

The following Monday, was so called Holy Monday. In remembering Jesus’ sacrifice and death, we did not play any loud music anymore. We tried to keep the house as quiet as possible. We still watch TV but not as much as we used to.

Last April 2 as well, we got Nonet’s report card. I didn’t bother to look at her classmates’ report card anymore since they have graduated already. But, mama recalled that Nonet’s general average is higher than their first honor. Well, I didn’t appeal anymore. We thought that due to Nonet’s many absences she was awarded as second honor only. But that’s fine. :)

This summer, we decided not to enroll her to any summer class anymore. We’ll just have her rest and hopefully gain weight, to prepare her for grade school level this coming June.

Ciao! :)

Nonet: An Angel in Salubong?

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Most Catholic believers will know what a “Salubong” is. It is a procession held at dawn to remember the meeting of Jesus and Mary’s when Jesus resurrected from the death, held at the dawn of Easter Sunday. During the “salubong” an angel will take the veil of Mama Mary’s image, the song Regina Caeli is being sang.

I have participated masses in “Salubong” for a number of times but I didn’t get to be an angel. When we are kids, it has been a dream of my younger sister Patty, but it didn’t come true. So, we just admired the cute angels in the said event.

Just recently, Nonet was asked by my Tita Evelyn to be one of the angels in the coming Easter. At first, no matter how she is convinced by my sister, she wouldn’t agree. She is not interested. Let me share you a post from my sister’s fb account. It was a dialogue between her and my daughter. :)

Patty Amandy: Eksena kagabi. Kinukuha si Nonet na mag-angel sa salubong sa Easter Sunday..Kino-convince nmen sya kasi ayaw nyang pumayag..

Patty: pag nag-angel ka ibibili kita khit anong gusto mo
Nonet: ayaw ko nga!
Patty: cge na nmn please! alam mo bang pangarap ko yang mag angel sa salubong nung bata ako!pangarap ko yan buong buhay ko! (dumadrama mode kay bagets)
Nonet:
eh di ikaw ang mag angel ngayon para matupad na yang pangarap mo!

It was really a funny scene! :D

Few days later, I encouraged my daughter again and she agreed to be an angel. She will not be the one to take the veil off though, but a younger girl. Nevertheless, our dream of becoming an angel in Salubong will be fulfilled by Nonet, soon. :)

Ciao! :)

The Good Friday

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Aside from Manny Pacquiao’s boxing events, Good Friday is a day when there is no traffic; when the streets and main roads are very quiet; when number coding is suspended and there are only very very few passenger vehicles available!

I went home early from the office. My family decided to listen to the Seven Last Word on tv only. Then, at 3PM together we went to the church to venerate the holy cross and to receive the Holy Communion. We decided not to bring Antoinette with us.

The Gospel was played by the church’s youth ministry. Many people cried after watching the play. Again, I am thankful that I wasn’t born in Jesus time. I contemplate on His passion, and if He is not God, then how would He be able to go through that hardships. I don’t believe that any human being can go through the same suffering He went through. And, if Mama Mary’s faith is not strong enough, then the she wouldn’t be able to bear the pain of seeing her only Son’s torment. :( I cannot imagine the pain she went through.

After the communion, my sister Pauline asked me to participate in the procession. My mind is telling me not to go because; I still need to go to work early in the morning the following day. But, my heart wanted to go. This one of the many times I followed my heart instead of my mind. :) I told myself that this sacrifice is nothing compared to what Jesus went through.

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I may be tired and sleepy when we arrived home but I am happy. :)

Ciao! :)

Why do we wave palms on Palm Sunday?

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Palm Sunday is the start of the Holy Week. It is the time of the year when Catholic believers are obligatory called to do penance and repent. Although asking forgiveness should be remembered and done all the time, but Holy Week is a time when we required to do so.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday. In the Bible, the said event is written in the books of Matthew 21:1-7, Mark 11:1-7, Luke 19:29-35 and John 12:12-16. In the Children’s Bible (Retold by Anne de Graaf) I bought for my daughter, the said event was entitled the Big Parade. It was the day when Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem. Jesus was followed with a big crowd waving palm branches. They saw Jesus as their king, the one who might deliver them from the Romans.

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Today, we are blessed because we have been freed not only from the Romans but from our sins. We are blessed that our king who is loving and kind has saved us all. There is no reason for us to be afraid or lonely for Jesus has saved us.

Holy week is a reminder of what Jesus went through to save us. There is no reason for us to be sad on Good Friday but instead we should be thankful to God for giving us, Jesus. Holy week is a reminder that there would never be another Jesus and we should value what He has done for all of us. It is a reminder that we didn’t have to be nailed down to the cross because a king and a one true God had done that for us.

What He is asking for us in return is to do good and stay away from sins. I know that it is easier said than done. But it is possible and I believe that we can do it. We just need to pray and pray and pray.

Ciao! :)

Schedule Reshuffle

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This week is my last week on a 10:30PM shift. Next week, my shift will start at 3AM Manila time already. :) I will have a considerable “weekend” off. :) At first, I didn’t really like my schedule, but then I realized that with my new schedule I will be able to complete the triduum prayer on Holy week. I haven’t had the chance to complete the triduum prayer since I started working. I feel so blessed and I hope that my new schedule would inspire me to work harder. :)

One of my rest days fall on a Sunday, and my sister asked me to join a group aerobics on Sunday morning. I just hope that would shape me up again. I get so tired using the different pull up bars available in a little gym I enrolled into. I used to be Small to Medium size. Oh, please don’t ask my size now! Hehehe! :)

I will be reporting to work for 6 days straight this week, then I will be reporting to my new team on Tuesday next week. :)

I hope I would be find new friends in my new team. I am looking forward to be inspired to go to work everyday! :)

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Ciao! :)

Spy Wednesday

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I took advantage of the avail time in the office yesterday and update my journal. So bad I forgot to click on Publish.. :( In any case, yesterday was Holy Wednesday. It has been a tradition in our parish church that every Wednesday, the church hold parade of Saints. I was still sleeping when the procesion passed by our “looban. My family watch the procession and my sister took a video of it. I’ll find time to upload the video. :)

I searched over the net to find something that I can post with regard to Holy Wednesday and I found out that western Christianity referred to it as Spy Wednesday. Spy Wednesday indicating the day that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for thirty silver coins.  

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It is so sad to think that Jesus has been betrayed. If we were born during Jesus’ time, are we going to do what Judas did? In our own time today, let us try not be a traitor like Judas. There are moments that we are tempted to betray a person even someone we care about. But before doing such a thing, try to think about the outcome that it would give.

The 2010 National Election is just a month away. Let us not betray our country and our children’s future with just an amount of money. Let us vote wisely and let us vote for someone who has Integrity. :)

Ciao! :)

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