Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Decree on the Liturgical Observance of the cult of Blessed John Paul II, Pope

Decree on the Liturgical Observance of the Cult of 
Blessed John Paul II, Pope

An exceptional character, recognized by the Catholic Church spread throughout the world, marks the beatification of Venerable John Paul II, of happy memory, which will take place May 1, 2011, in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, presided over by the Holy Father Benedict XVI. Given this extraordinariness, and following numerous requests regarding the cult of the new blessed, according to the places and forms established by law, this Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is communicating in a timely manner what has been decided in this respect.

Mass of Thanksgiving

It has been decided that during the year following the beatification of John Paul II, namely until May 1, 2012, it will be possible to celebrate a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving to God in certain places and on certain days. The responsibility to establish the day or days, as well as the place or places of the gathering of the People of God, is the competence of the diocesan bishop for his diocese. Considering the local needs and pastoral conveniences, it is granted that a holy Mass be celebrated in honor of the new blessed on a Sunday during the year, and on a day between Nos. 10-13 of the table of liturgical days.

For religious families, it is the competence of the superior general to indicate the days and places [for the Thanksgiving Mass] for the entire religious family.

The appropriate collect [opening prayer] is to be prayed in honor of the blessed (see below) at the Mass, with the possibility of singing the gloria: The other prayers, such as the preface, and antiphons and the readings, are to be taken from the Common of Pastors, for a Pope. If it is celebrated on a Sunday, the readings can be adapted from the Common of Pastors for the first reading, with the related responsorial psalm, and for the Gospel.

Inserting the New Blessed Into Local Liturgical Calendars

It is established that the Oct. 22 celebration of the memorial of Blessed John Paul II, Pope, be inserted into the calendar of the Diocese of Rome and of the dioceses of Poland, and that it be celebrated every year.

The proper liturgical texts for the Mass are the collect and the second reading of the office of readings, with the related responsorial psalm (see below). The other texts are drawn from the Common of Pastors, for a Pope.

With regard to other local calendars, the request to place an optional memorial of Blessed John Paul II may be presented to this congregation by a conference of bishops for its territory, by the diocesan bishop for his diocese or by a superior general for a religious family.

Dedication of a Church to God in Honor of the New Blessed

An indult of the Apostolic See is needed to dedicate a church in honor of Blessed John Paul II (cf. Ordo dedicationis ecclesiae, Praenotanda, No. 4), except when his liturgical memorial has been inserted in the local calendar: in this case the indult is not need, and in the church named for the blessed, the memorial is raised to a liturgical feast (cf. Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum, Notificatio de cultu Beatorum, May 21, 1999, No. 9).

Anything whatsoever to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, April 2, 2011.

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The Text of the Collect

The opening prayer for the Mass in honor of the forthcoming blessed is published below. The other prayers -- the preface, the antiphons and the readings -- are from the Common of Pastors, for a Pope. The first reading is Isaiah 52:7-10; the responsorial psalm is 96/95:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10); the alleluia is John 10:14; the Gospel is John 21:15-17.

Common of Pastors, for a Pope

O God, who are rich in mercy
and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II
should preside as Pope over your universal Church,
grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,
we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,
the sole Redeemer of mankind.
Who lives and reigns.

Deus, dives in misericórdia,
qui beátum Ioánnem Paulum, papam,
univérsae Ecclésiae tuae praeésse voluísti,
praesta, quaésumus, ut, eius institútis edócti,
corda nostra salutíferae grátiae Christi,
uníus redemptóris hóminis, fidénter aperiámus.
Qui tecum.

[Translation by ZENIT]

Thanks to Fra. Dave dela Cruz for a copy of the decree.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another break...

Along with my invitation for you to read my reflections in http://urdose.blogspot.com for the whole Paschal Triduum (April 21-24), I would also like to invite you to read my reflection as well as the reflections of six other youth members of 100% Katolikong Pinoy FB Ministry group (link at the right side of the page) on the SEVEN LAST WORDS of our Lord Jesus Christ, on April 22.

Wishing you all my prayers for a meaningful Paschal Triduum ahead. Happy Easter, people!

SirBitz.042111 ')

(Addendum - May 03, 2011)
Here's a short-list of all the reflections posted in 100% KP Page in connection with the Seven Last Words 2011

5. FIFTH WORD (written by yours truly) - http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150163171284645

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


So, what's the post for?

First, let me share with you the reality on Visita Iglesia. I 'stole this' (hehehehe.... peace!) from 100% KP Page.


Visita Iglesia na naman! Lalakad na naman tayo sa iba't-ibang simbahan upang manalangin sa Panginoon at humingi ng tawad sa ating mga kasalanan. Pero sandali, para saan ba talaga ang Visita Iglesia? Ano ba ang dahilan at tayo ay gumaganap ng ganitong tungkulin?

Para sa ilan, panahon ito para magdasal ng Stations of the Cross. Ngunit hindi ito ang nararapat gawin. Sa totoo lang, tayo ay nagvi-visita Iglesia UPANG SAMBAHIN ANG PANGINOON NA NAKATAGO SA ALTAR NG REPOSITORYO. Ito ay kaugnay sa naunang pagdiriwang kinahapunan ukol sa paggunita sa pagtatag ng Eukaristiya (Misa ng Huling Hapunan).

Ating sinasamba ang Panginoon na nag-iwan ng alaalang pangmagpakailanman para sa ating nananalig: ang kanyang Katawan at Dugo sa Eukaristiya. Ito ang binibigyang-pansin sa gabing ito, at hindi ang pagkarangal na Krus (ito ay para bukas, Viernes Santo).

Depende sa mananampalataya kung ilang simbahan ang kanyang dadalawin: may pito, labing-apat, may siyam. Ngunit alinmang bilang ng simbahan, at kung saan-saan mang lugar ng pagsamba tayo mapadpad, ang mahalaga ay ang ating pagpapahiwatig ng pagmamahal at paggalang sa Santisimo Sacramento na nakatago sa Altar ng Repositoryo.

> Para mas maunawaan natin ang ating paggana ng Visita Iglesia, mas nararapat kung tayo ay makikiisa sa Misa ng Huling Hapunan sa hapon ng Huwebes Santo. Ito ay upang mas lalo nating maramdaman ang pagnanais na sambahin at parangalan ang Panginoon sa Eukaristiya.

And inspired by this, I prepared a prayer text - a guide - for performing the Visita Iglesia tomorrow. So, here it is. You may freely copy it for PERSONAL USE. Have a blessed Holy Week ahead! ')


In the Name…
L: Let us praise the Lord,
A: and give him thanks!

L: Holy Spirit, you who reveal Jesus to us, help us to discover him in his Eucharistic presence;
Beneath the veil of the Host, show us the powerful and generous Christ of the Gospels;
Let us see the Good Shepherd who knows each one of us, watches over us and calls us by name;
Allow us to listen to the incomparable Master who presents His doctrine and wishes to enlighten us in all things.

A: Let us touch the Savior whose contact heals, and transforms bodies and souls;
Let us recognize this friend, happy to live with us and share our human existence;
Allow us to recognize the victim of Calvary who spares nothing of the gift of Himself to obtain for us pardon and holiness.
Give us a profound attachment to Jesus in the Eucharist; that his ardent desire to remain among us be met by our readiness to welcome Him.

L: Holy Virgin, you who knew how to look at Jesus and penetrate the most profound depth of his person:
Teach us to look at Him, to look at him at length and quietly, in the tabernacle where he is present.
Teach us to listen in silence to the words which he speaks to us and establish an intimate dialogue with him.

A: Let us see the marvels which he desires to work in the depths of our souls.
Teach us to appreciate his closeness to us and the immeasurable friendship he shows us.
Help us to respond to his love with all the fire of our being, and like you, to immerse ourselves in a loving gaze on him.

L: Lord Jesus, as we contemplate on the miracle of your precious Body and Blood, help us to revere this sacred mystery more in our daily life. May we reflect and ponder on your great love for us that made you offer yourself as a Holy and Living Sacrifice for all. Teach us to love you in every Altar at every Mass. May we recognize your sacred presence in Holy Communion. Most of all, help us to live in the spirit of the wondrous sacrament of love and sacrifice for all.

You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.


Reader: From the Gospel of John. (14, 1-7)
 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Lord Jesus, you truly are the Way, which leads us to the Father. You are the Truth, where we find all knowledge and wisdom we need to face everyday’s struggles. You are the Life, for without you we are nothing. We praise you this night and thank you for the gift of your Eucharistic Presence.

You never leave us alone. You shared with us this sacred meal for us to partake, and share with others, for our salvation. Transform us to your image, and help us to live continually according to your law. May we continuously show our love for the holy Eucharist, which is our way, truth and life in our daily struggles until we come to see you in eternal glory. Amen.

We shall spend this time for our personal prayer.

All: Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from Thee
From the malignant enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That with thy Saints I may praise Thee
Forever and ever

Our Father,,, Hail Mary,,, Glory Be,,,

In the Name…
L: Let us praise the Lord,
A: and give him thanks!

LET US PRAY: (Page 01)

Reader: From the Gospel of John. (15, 1-8)
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


We are truly connected to you, Lord Jesus. Like the vine and its branches, we continually receive the grace and life from you alone. We especially remember this in the Holy Eucharist. Your body is the food which nourishes our spirit and makes us live more according to your will.

We pray, Jesus! Continue to nourish us in body and spirit through the Bread of Life which you provide us in every Mass we attend. Enliven in us the sacredness of this Sacrament that we may continuously live as what you will. Amen.

We shall spend this time for our personal prayer.

All: Soul of Christ,… (page 02)

In the Name…
L: Let us praise the Lord,
A: and give him thanks!

LET US PRAY: (Page 01)

Reader: From the Gospel of John. (15, 9-17)
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


You loved us, Lord Jesus. You loved us until your death. You loved us as friends. You loved us with an ultimate love. This is far greater than anything we can feel or imagine! You commanded us to extend the same love to others, without anything in reserve. Your love remains with us in the Eucharist, this love we receive in every Communion when we eat your precious Body and drink your sacred Blood. This is the great manifesto of your love for us.

Teach us to show greater love for you in the Holy Sacrifice. Make us receive you in a greater disposition, prepared and in the state of grace. Everytime we sin against you, help us to be sorry first for our iniquities before we accept you in Communion. Make every moment a loving one with your divine presence in us. And when the priest tells us, Ite, Missa Est, guide us as we become a living Eucharist of love to our brothers and sisters, even to the point of offering our lives for you and for them. Amen.

We shall spend this time for our personal prayer.

All: Soul of Christ,… (page 02)

In the Name…
L: Let us praise the Lord,
A: and give him thanks!

LET US PRAY: (Page 01)

Reader: From the Gospel of John. (15, 18-27)
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


Throughout the years, Lord Jesus, a lot of people showed their hatred towards your Eucharistic presence. Sacrileges done inside and outside the Church offended you so much. Many were led astray due to their false interpretations of the Sacrament which you alone provide. This gave much offense to your Eucharistic Presence, dear Lord.

Accept our sincere act of repentance for these and others wrongdoings of the world, Lord Jesus. We promise to express our deep concern and love for this memorial of your saving work for us. This might lead us to become the enemies of the world, but we know you’ll never leave us and that you’ll provide the Consoling Spirit that will make us energized and prepared to defend your precious Body in words and actions. Guide us, O Lord. We depend on your providence. Amen.

We shall spend this time for our personal prayer.

All: Soul of Christ,… (page 02)

In the Name…
L: Let us praise the Lord,
A: and give him thanks!

LET US PRAY: (Page 01)

Reader: From the Gospel of John. (17, 1-5)
Jesus lifted his eyes toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


Jesus, we feel your great glory in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the sacrament of “Thanksgiving”. In your death and resurrection, you gave new life to the world, and likewise you manifested your glory over all things. You never left us empty-handed for in the Holy Mass you continue to manifest this glorious wonder to all believers.

May we be continuously strengthened by this glory – the Glory of God in our midst through the Sacrament of Divine Love. May you continue to shine in glory in ever Mass we attend, in every sacred host we receive. May we be glorified as well when we take you into ourselves. Transform our weak bodies into glorified bodies like yours. And when death comes, call us to be in total happiness with you in the Kingdom in Heaven where you live and reign forever. Amen.

We shall spend this time for our personal prayer.

All: Soul of Christ,… (page 02)

In the Name…
L: Let us praise the Lord,
A: and give him thanks!

LET US PRAY: (Page 01)

Reader: From the Gospel of John. (17, 6-19)
Jesus lifted his eyes toward heaven and prayed: “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


Lord Jesus, you are the eternal High Priest. In your sacrifice in Calvary, you gave a perfect sacrifice which is sufficient for every time and place. Through the hands of the priest, you continuously give yourself to us, and at the same time offer yourself to the Father.

We now pray and offer to you all your priests who tirelessly give us your Body and Blood in every Mass we attend. Unworthy as they may be, keep them pure and worthy in mind, word and deed for them to really celebrate the Sacrament of Love in persona Christi Capitis. Deliver them from every possible temptation, and may they and their ministry inspire others to live a holy and pure life as you did here on Earth. Amen.

We shall spend this time for our personal prayer.

All: Soul of Christ,… (page 02)

In the Name…
L: Let us praise the Lord,
A: and give him thanks!

LET US PRAY: (Page 01)

Reader: From the Gospel of John. (17, 6-19)
Jesus lifted his eyes to Heaven and prayed: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!


Lord Jesus, you are in the Father, just as he is in you. In the Holy Eucharist, you continuously manifest your total unity with us. This is one big grace that no mere mortal can understand, except for those enlightened by your Word and Grace.

We pray you, Lord! May we be one with you and the Father in every Mass we participate. May we feel that we are never alone when we receive you in Communion; that you dwell deep within us. Make us feel loved, strengthened, sanctified. Never leave us after which, and guide us that you may be manifested in us every time we communicate and work with others. May we be Eucharistic People, a people of glory chosen for your service and divine mission here in Earth. Amen.

We shall spend this time for our personal prayer.

All: Soul of Christ,… (page 02)

Praises of God (By Saint Francis)
You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good, Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.
(For each invocation the response is: *To you be praise and glory forever)
Body of Christ conceived of the Blessed Virgin Mary*
Body of Christ, sacrificed on the cross*
Body of Christ, risen from the tomb*
Blood of Christ, price of our ransom*
Blood of Christ, the seal of new alliance*
Blood of Christ, drink of eternal life*
Heart of Christ, pierced through with the lance*
Heart of Christ, rich in mercy*
Heart of Christ, source of love*
(For each invocation the response is: *Give us your salvation)
Living Bread come down from heaven*
Living Word of the Father*
Giver of the Holy Spirit*
Bridegroom of Holy Church*
Redeemer of the world*
Friend of the young and the poor*
When You come on the last day*
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus Christ,
You gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death.
May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood
help us to experience the salvation you won for us
and the peace of the kingdom where you live
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

L: Divínum auxílium máneat semper nobíscum.
A: Amen.

In the name…

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Holy Week then and now... When will we learn?

During Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem.
The Lenten season lasts until the Thursday of this week. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, is continued through Good Friday with the celebration of the passion of the Lord and Holy Saturday, reaches its summit in the Easter Vigil, and concludes with Vespers of Easter Sunday.

Holy Week is just around the corner! With the heat of the scorching sun these past few days, I'm pretty quite sure that we're almost near the end of the Lenten Season, towards the joyfulness of  Easter. Everyone is up preparing to go home for the Holy Weekend, or visit some pilgrimage areas in the Metro.

As for me, I always say to people who may look for me: kung wala ako sa bahay, nasa parokya ako. Now, because of the start of summer classes, I would like to say to people who may look for me on the Holy Week: Kung wala ako sa bahay, nasa CMU ako. Bakit? May klase ba? Kidding aside, this is my 20th Holy Week from 1990 (my birth year) and this time, it will be way different. To give way to scholastic activities that would make up most of my summer, I chose to give up some obligations in the Parish community. Nevertheless, I would make myself visible on the Triduum. This makes this Holy Week different from the others.

That's the difference of the Holy Week for me. But when we look at this difference in general, we can see a very big comparison. Though the rites were slightly unchanged (due to Vatican II), the ambiance that we can see and feel had changed in the past ten or twenty years.

Senakulo, courtesy of Google Image Search
Our Traditions of Pabasa, Pagpupuryos, Paggapang, and Senakulo are still there. People are still participating in all our activities of popular piety (add-up to the list the Visita Iglesia and Stations of the Cross.), but not like before. Younger people are chanting the Pasyon but not to the traditional tone; instead, they are already mixing it with rock, jazz and fliptop. Men are crawling through the streets and their companions abusingly whip their butts with hoses from fire trucks, yung tipong winawalanghiya yung penitensya. And who could forget the cycle of those who whip themselves around the streets: Puryos-luhod-inom! After their penitential act, they would treat themselves with alcohol, putting their act to waste. In short, Holy Week for them is a show-off period, a time for (some of) them to prove to the people that they can do something for their "faith."

We also look to the moves of people. While some are still having their pilgrimages to the top spots every Paschal Triduum (The grottos in Novaliches and Marilao, Mt. Banahaw in Quezon, The Church of the Nazarene in Quiapo, and the seven churches in our list every Holy Thursday practice of Visita Iglesia), others are having a 'good time' at the beach or the resort, like nothing's happening around them.

Alta of Repose, courtesy of Google Image Search
Also, when people attend the processions of Holy Wednesday and Good Friday, their intentions are not to reflect on Jesus' life, depicted by the different Pasos and Karossas, but to take the flowers after the procession, believing that it possesses powers. weeehhh...

Before, TV Networks air at the evening of the triduum, or else they don't air at all (except for Channel 9 which had been airing whole day for three days). Now, Channels 2, 5, 7 and 23 (Perhaps NewsTV Ch. 11 will also go on-air next week) goes on-air from morning down to midnight. Their programs range from religious programs (Washing of the Feet and Seven last Words) to public service programs (just a replay) to Barbie and love movies (include Jose Rizal in Channel 7 and Moses in Channel 23 for that.) and recently, even American Idol (Channel 7 airs the results night, since Channel 11 is off-the-air.). Well, it may seem good since TV networks now know that most of us (especially the non-catholics) go bored every Holy Week and their airing of programs could be of help to them, but we look deeper and realize that instead of reflection and prayer, people nowadays choose instead to sit down and watch TV.

And when it's time for Salubong, people come to the place of the encounter. They applaud when the two images of Christ and Mary meet, and applaud even greater when the angel takes away the veil from the Virgin's image. And what comes after that? A celebration of the Mass. Swerte mo na lang kung lahat ng nanood ng Salubong ay magsisimba, because that's not what happens every time. After the encounter, a good number of people go home, saying to themselves, Tapos na naman ang salubong eh!

Common observances, no? It makes us laugh upon seeing one, but it's not worth laughing at all.

What's the bottomline?

A lot of us, Christians and Catholics as we may be, observe the Holy Week, alright, but it is just superficial. We ask ourselves, where is the TRUE spirit of lent nowadays? Instead of the real penitential character, the modern world observe this season, and the Holy Week in particular, with its modern ways, taking us astray from the real thing.

Christians! When will we learn? 

Holy Week is not about us, our pleasures, or our fanaticisms. This week of weeks is much focused on the salvation done by the man hung on the cross for us. Throughout the course of time, we remember how Jesus loved us up until death. We commemorate it in a number of ways, but it gradually receded throughout the years. Bad thing is that nowadays people do not recognize the real essence of the Lenten and Easter Seasons and just proceed with their life like nothing's happening.

But what is the miracle behind everything? It is the reality that year after year, Holy Week after Holy Week, we always call to mind that great man who never refused to face the fate of death, so that he could be risen and lead us to our redemption. It's much fitting if we take this opportunity, with greater strides, to proclaim his love to our loved ones and neighbors. Besides, we would never celebrate this Holy Week - no, Holy Week could not have existed - if not because of Jesus who died for us. It is his memory we recall; it is his legacy we believe on. This is the miracle.

It's Holy Week! We are called to PAUSE from our usual and common chores, REFLECT on the real meaning of the passion of Jesus, and ACT on what we have reflected and apply it in our daily life. Year after year, every scenario may be different, we may observe some unfamiliar situations, but one thing could always remain: JESUS CHRIST, the reason why we celebrate the Holy Week.

La Pieta, Holy Week 2009 at SCP
Dear Brothers and Sisters, through the personal encounter with our Redeemer and through fasting, almsgiving and prayer, the journey of conversion towards Easter leads us to rediscover our Baptism. This Lent, let us renew our acceptance of the Grace that God bestowed upon us at that moment, so that it may illuminate and guide all of our actions.
(Benedictus PP XVI, Lenten Message 2011)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Indirect Ad,,,

Just saw this in Facebook. I am watching this every Good Friday from its first year of airing in Ch.09, until it's time for me to go to the Parish for the Good Friday Liturgy.

Well, glad to know that it would be airing still in GMA 7. Something to look forward to this Holy Week. I hope you'd also watch this. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

FYI: Fr. Allan Lopez is a priest under the Dominican order, assigned in a parish in our Diocese of Kalookan.

Monday, April 11, 2011

TV Madness...

Ok, I hope I won't be sued for this...

Weeks ago, a good TV show host made a boy dance a la Macho Dancer in front of national television. The boy was 'crying' while he was doing this, while the rest of the audience are laughing and applauding what he is doing. At the end of the feat, he was given Php10,000 for such a 'marvelous' dance presentation.

After this airing, the news spread like wildfire: The host 'abused' the boy's rights in National TV. Government agencies never lost their eye on the matter, from the DSWD, to the MTRCB. (Lately, even KBP is looking on the issue!) Hearings were held; accusations were raised regarding the credibility of some members of the Board in MTRCB. Even the Palace was hooked up to this mess!

Weeks later, Advertisers pulled-out their products from the show. Recently, the TV network banned or suspended (did I use the right term?) the airing of the said show for two weeks, before which the host made mention of various respected (Oh yes, RESPECTED... even before he was) names in the Showbiz industry for tweeting mad thoughts on him and the show. He even accused them of betraying the trust of the people, instead of supporting him who was aggravated with all these.

I am observing all the events, and using the eye of a 20-year old Education Student who is more focused on books and lesson plans rather than TV shows (except the News programs which I need for info input. I need it for LET.), my reaction to all these is: What the heck is these!?!

Come, on, people. Not everyone is interested in knowing the proceedings regarding a show which we don't even watch. I remember certain personalities claiming that they don't even the the leisure - and pleasure - of watching such show. A simple dance exhibition turned out to be a massive media blow-up! Look how powerful the fourth estate is.

Yes, we may say that programs such as these are of big help to people, because of the big amount of money and goods which it gives out to them. But let's face it. There are two sides of a coin. While some are enjoying watching the show, others still like the same routine of watching the day's events on the time slot alloted for it. Others have no time of watching at all; instead they go overtime at work, or with barkadas on their gimmicks. Not all can appreciate the appeal which a particular beat could give.

What makes this topic interesting is the big boom-up that it is taking in our media, especially in TV. News here and there about a hearing of this and the view of that. When I watch it or hear something of it, I could help but laugh while saying, Ano na namang pakulo yan? Paputok? Kwitis ba?

At the end of the day, I ask myself (may it mirror yours): Who will benefit from all these? What is the intention behind everything? And will the Filipino people - all of us and not only some - get something out of this? Am I interested in the first place?

Again, I am not fighting for whatever side of the issue; I'm not supporting anybody but my own thoughts. I am practicing my just right of expression and I hope nobody would get hurt out of these petty ideas. My point which I hope I made clear is: Come on! I'm not interested, so please lessen the boom-up!


During the past two weeks, I added some inspiring gadgets as well as techie ones for this blogsite to be continuously updated though its post aren't.

Ah yah, they are not my family, but they are my inspirations. And except for those conservative religious people outside of the Catholic world, who isn't?

>Tweet me!!! I also added a Twitter gadget in my sidebar so that you can get more updated with my recent whereabouts, while enjoying my piece of the world at the same time.

More updates in the coming weeks... Don't yah worry!!! :)

Saturday, April 09, 2011

My friend's advice on my problems with...

first point: kung sino ang maraming sinabi, sya ang may problema.

second: attitude problem is hard to cure... just go on with your life... never let him or her hiders yours.

third: we are not the judge of others... let him/her be... time will come he/she will be judged.

last: as what Jesus said, "they (he/she) do not know what they (he/she) doing."

...this goes to you, concerned. 

Friday, April 08, 2011


bc maglaro ah...


nagsalita rin...
bb na
time na q
naku naman
bkt po ba sir?

ilag na ba?
d time lng

pagkatapos ng nangyari kagabi...

wala na akong mukhang ipapakita, kung alam nyo lang

pinagalitan kau nu


hinde naman
buti naman

kayo lang yung inalala ko
sinira ko ang image ko sa harap nyo eh
ngek d naman


nakakatuwa ka nga kahapon sir eh


napakaingay mu sa jeep
lahat nakatingin sau
naaalala mu ba un?
hindi na
ang naalala ko na lang
kasama ko si dancel pauwi...
hinatid nya ako pauwi
tapos, yun na
suka na ako ng suka
buti naman cnamahan kau nun

hanggang kaninang umaga
kau kc eh

nahihiya nga ako sa kanya eh

dami nyung ininom

tumatanggi na ako kagabi eh
si Joyce ang ayaw
wala kcng uubos nun
baka rin kasi kung ano ang isipin ni Renmark
kaya sau halos pinainom

ang resulta naman...

ang lakas mu uminom sir

naku talaga!!!
ang ingay mu pa kahapon ahhahahahh kung anu anu pinagsasabi mu ^^
kung may video lng sayang

wala talaga akong maalala
... anu nga?
haahahah sabi ka ng sabi ng babye
tapos cnasabi mu nahihiya ka
paulit ulit
cnasabihan ka nga nilang tumahimik ka d ka pa rin tumatahimik
uu lagi ka pang nakatawa habang cnasav mu un

nakangiti forever

yan ah
parang ngiting aso tapos nakatingin sa malayo
lasing n lasing ka eh
buti na lang di ako nagsuka sa harapan nyo
uu nga eh

anu ba yan!?!
tapos nag-text pa si Rinnel kaninang hapon
nag-aaya na naman daw bukas,
sana joke lang yun
nakita mu ung itsura ni christian ung nagcomment ka

to tell you, mahilu-hilo pa rin ako
ung sav mu itsura moh!!!

uo, o, ano?

medyu ganun ka
pero may itim pa sa mata
uu medyu lng naman
naku talaga

hindi ko rin ginusto yun

alam q
gege bb na
sobra sobra na q
pag nagka-inuman...
bahala na
gege ingat din

game pa rin ako

hahahhha geh lng
pero ingat na lang talaga


sige, matulog ka na at nang tumangkad ka.
thanks sir
mas matangkad aq sa inyu
c u around. I'd still be here for you.
inuman talaga...

April 08, 2011. The events discussed in the chat string happened on April 07, 2011, after the GradBall of my students.