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! :)

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 Celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper

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Maundy Thursday is the start of a 3-day prayer until Easter. When I was younger, it was called as “Misa ng Masang Pilipino”. There may have been a lot of names associated to this mass, but its theme didn’t change. The mass reminds us of Jesus’ friendship. He wanted us to love each other like the love He has given us for us. :)

Our parish priest, Father Lito Jopson imitated Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples. Twelve members of the Lay Ministers acted as the disciples. After Father Lito washed their feet, the said Lay Ministers washed some of the parishioners’ feet as well. The washing of the feet is very symbolic. In his homily, father asked if we can tell our friends that we are ready to die for them. It is not easy to say and even harder to do. But, Jesus did it for His friends. And, we are lucky to be called His friends. :)

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After the celebration, the Holy Eucharist was placed in the altar of repose. An image of a lamb was placed on it, too.

When people do the Visita Iglesia, it is advisable to pray before the Altar of Repose. It is actually the “one” being visited, not just the church. We didn’t stay long for a vigil but we prayed before it.

Maundy Thursday is also the day, where people participated in the Alay Lakad. People from all over the metro, walked the long stretched of Ortigas Avenue extension going to Antipolo cathedral. I was able to participate in the said Alay Lakad when I was 12 years old only.

As I watched people from all walks of life passed by, I prayed for their safety and that God may grant whatever petitions they have in the sacrifice they are doing.

Ciao! :)

A Recollection

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Today is Easter Monday. The 40-day preparation for Christ’s resurrection is here. My Holy Week celebration this year has been so meaningful and I am really happy. I feel God’s love so much and I believe that I will be okay in spite of all the challenges that life may bring. ? Let me share with you the holy week I had. :)

Last Holy Monday, my mother and I attended the Lenten Recollection held in our Parish. The recollection facilitator was Father Benjo Fajota, (I hope I spelled his name correctly) of St. John the Baptist Church in San Juan.

He said that we have been attending different recollection but what does recollection really means. For me recollection means to remember what needs to be remembered. :) Like the passion of the Christ. :) Well, according to Father Benjo, recollection came from Greek word “recollectio(which I do not know how to spell)”. In the older days, when Greek soldiers needs to strengthen their defense force, the captain would shout the word Recollectio. The soldiers then would go back to their camp to get more firearms, to plan and to strategize; to defeat their enemies.

In our life, our number one enemy is sin. Every now and then we should tell ourselves the word, Recollectio; to strengthen our defense, to increase our weapon, to plan and to strategize how to defeat sin.

Temptation is everywhere. Satan is trying to tempt us to do sin starting from our own mind. If we do not have the strongest defense, then we will easily fall for his threat. :(

The Father gave us His only Son to die on the cross to save us from our sins. We do not need to die on the cross for one great God has done that for us already. What He asks for us to now is to come back in His loving arms. The Lord loves us in spite of our sins. Whatever we have become, whatever we have done, it doesn’t matter anymore. The Lord is calling us to come home.

Our God is just god. He is a loving and forgiving God. We must not be afraid to come back in His loving arms.

Ciao! :)

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