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Cardinal Tagle urges faithful to pray for world peace in Nazareno mass

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on Nazareno devotees to pray for peace in the Middle East in his homily for the midnight mass of the Feast of the Black Nazarene Thursday, Jan. 9.

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on Nazareno devotees to pray for peace in the Middle East amidst the growing tension of war between Iran and the United States in his homily for the midnight mass of the Feast of the Black Nazarene Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

For the commencement of the annual Traslación, Cardinal Tagle, who is bound to lead a top Vatican post, urged everyone for a moment of silence to pray for peace in different parts of the world.

“Sa ating pagtitipon na puno ng panalangin at pasasalamat, atin pong alalahanin na sa ilang bahagi po ng ating mundo ay nag-aamba ng panganib at karahasan at hari nawa ay huwag mauwi sa giyera, sa digmaan,” the outgoing cardinal said.

He also encouraged to pray for the safety of fellow Filipinos caught in between the war and their families in the Philippines.

“Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapuwa, sa Middle East, humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapuwa, humupa ang mga hangarin na maghiganti. At ipanalangin natin ang ating mga kapuwa Pilipino, ang kanilang mga pamilya dito na nangangamba,” he added.

Cardinal Tagle giving his homily during the enthronement rites of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de UST in Sept. 2019. | Robert Garcia

According to the Manila Public Information Office, at least 130,000 faithfuls attended the midnight eucharistic celebration. 

Changes in Traslación

Msgr. Hernando Coronel, PC, the Basilica’s Rector and Parish Priest, expressed his gratitude to uniformed personnels who helped in maintaining a peaceful and orderly Traslación.

“We express appreciation for their great effort, they really tried to put order to make it solemn like our thanksgiving procession,” Coronel said.

This year’s procession also saw changes in its route and security, from which the image of the Black Nazarene will cross Ayala Bridge instead of the usual newly-rehabilitated Jones Bridge.

Police also formed a barricade around the andas (carriage) during the procession, following the examples of other festivals and processions, which dismayed some devotees who could not get near the andas.

“The police and military requested if we could imitate the other formation, for example in Cebu the Santo Nino, and the Our Lady of Penafrancia in Naga,” Coronel said.

Vendor Aling Jenny expressed her dismay over these new measures which affected not just her business but other devotees as well.

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“Sabi nila nakakatulong pero hindi. […] Kasi una [‘yung mga daanan binakuran]. Ngayon iikot ka ng Recto para makatawid ka. […] Mga masa ‘yan sanay ‘yan magbalyahan. Kaming mga vendor sanay kami maggit-gitan,” she said.

The theme for this year’s Traslación is “Iba’t-Ibang Kaloob, Iisang Debosyon tungo sa Iisang Misyon” which is expected to have millions of Filipino devotees clad in maroon in hopes to experience the supposed miracles of the image of the dark-skinned, cross-bearing Christ. with reports from Christine Annmarie Tapawan and John Aaron Pangilinan

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Combine rosary, action, says UST parish priest

Santisimo Rosario Church parish priest called on the Thomasian community on Thursday, Oct. 22, to combine the promises of the holy rosary with actions that would lead to reflection and “personal conversion.”

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Santisimo Rosario Church parish priest called on the Thomasian community on Thursday, Oct. 22, to combine the promises of the holy rosary with actions that would lead to reflection and “personal conversion.”

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that we just prayed the rosary and that’s it,” Rev. Fr. Paul Raegan Talavera, O.P.  said in a three-day webinar on the holy rosary in the modern age. 

According to Talavera, the 15 promises of the Holy Rosary made by the Blessed Mother which was revealed through St. Dominic, and later to Blessed Alan dela Roche, should guide people to a holier life. 

He also reminded the Thomasian community that the graces from the promises should not be taken literally and will only be granted if it is subject to God’s perfect will. 

“We trust in God’s eternal wisdom but what he gives us is what will benefit us,” Talavera said.

“Palaging may ganon, kasi bakit naman ibibigay ng Diyos ‘yan kahit gusto mo ‘yan kung makakasama naman sayo, diba?” he added.

Talavera was solemnly installed as the 15th parish priest of the Santisimo Rosario Church on June 5, 2019. He replaced Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P., who served the parish for three years.

The webinar titled, E-PAXUSAPAN:The Rosary and Its Significance in the Modern Age was spearheaded by UST Pax Romana – Faculty of Arts and Letters in commemoration of the memorial of St. John Paul II and the month of the Holy Rosary. 

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Pray rosary amid pandemic challenges—CTHM regent

The College of Tourism and Hospitality Management regent urged Thomasians on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to pray the rosary to overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The College of Tourism and Hospitality Management regent urged Thomasians on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to pray the rosary to overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“[D]uring this time of [the] pandemic, this is also true to all of us that we can use it as a way to overcome whatever challenges that we have on this present moment,” Rev. Fr. Roland Mactal, O.P. said in a webinar on the rosary in the modern age.

Fr. Mactal, who is also the Promoter General of the Holy Rosary of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, recalled how Dominicans used the prayer of the rosary during the spread of heresy in the Catholic church. 

According to him, praying the rosary must center on meditating on its mysteries as these constitute the “life, death, resurrection, and luminous mystery of our Lord.” 

Mactal also encouraged Thomasians to have their families engaged in the pursuit of peace through the “prayer of and for the family.”

“I hope you encourage your brothers and sisters, your siblings, parents, while you pray this pious devotion,” he said.

The webinar titled “E-PAXUsapan with the theme: The Rosary and its Significance in the Modern Age” was spearheaded by UST Pax Romana Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) unit, headed by the organization’s president Charles Aldrin A. Delgado, and adviser Asst. Professor Chito M. Sawit, Ph.D., in celebration of the month of the Holy rosary.

 

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Lent, the time to return to God—Vice Chancellor

“When we receive the discipline of Lent, we are reminded of our mortality. We are reminded that we are for Christ, and we return to Him.”

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Dominican Prior Provincial Very Rev. Fr. Napoleon B. Sipalay, Jr., O.P. urged Thomasians to take Lenten season as the way to go back to God and practice self-discipline.

“The very question I believe [that] is important to ask now is, ‘Why are you here? Not in UST alone but why are you here in this life?’” the University’s Vice Chancellor posed the question during the Ash Wednesday mass at the Plaza Mayor on Feb. 26, 2020.

He explained that the cycle of one’s journey is coming from God, going to His side, and returning to Him despite many diversions along the way.

“When we receive the discipline of Lent, we are reminded of our mortality. We are reminded that we are for Christ, and we return to Him.” Sipalay said.

He encouraged everyone to pray for the weapon of self restraint—fasting, abstinence, and alms giving.

“When we say fast, we don’t eat not only to remember Christ [but also] to heighten our senses [and] to be very aware…Sometimes we fast with food. We fast on something that is very good and needed by our body,” Sipalay said.

“If you can say no to those things, maybe you can start to say no also to things that bring us away from God—bad habits, laziness, maybe gossiping, sinful pleasures,” he added.

Self-discipline, according to Sipalay, may be difficult but it only serves as a preparation for the greatest celebration, as observed in the Holy Week towards the end of Easter Sunday.

“I hope when that Holy Week would come [and] that Easter Sunday would come to us [which is] a new life, amidst all the challenges we have, and I hope we don’t lose track,” Sipalay said.

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“We have different ways to follow the Lord, but we have only one destination in his love, so we start that this Ash Wednesday,” he added.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a 40-day period of fasting, penance, and abstinence before the celebration of Easter Sunday. 

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