Sunday, March 31, 2013

Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil Mass

Parish of the Last Supper of Our Lord's "Easter Vigil Mass" was celebrated by our parish priest Rev. Fr. Angel Sanchez.

Easter Vigil

Easter Vigil, dating back to at least the Roman times, takes place on Holy Saturday. The Easter Vigil is a service held in many Christian churches as the official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The service includes the first use of the word alleluia since the beginning of Lent as well as the first Eucharist of Easter. 

Service of Light 

The atmosphere in the church is different: the holy water fonts are drained, all the lights are out, the tabernacle is empty. The service begins outside the church. A new fire is lit and blessed.

A Paschal Candle was prepared with these words while Rev. Fr. Angel Sanchez marks the candle:

Christ yesterday and today (vertical arm of the cross) the Beginning and the end (horizontal arm of the cross) Alpha (alpha above the cross) and Omega (omega below the cross) all time belongs to him (numeral 2 in upper left corner of cross) and all the ages (numeral 0 in upper right corner of cross) to him be glory and power (numeral 0 in lower left corner) through every age for ever. Amen (numeral 0 in lower right corner).

Rev. Fr. Angel Sanchez (left) were assisted here by Rogationist
Bro. Jorem Bellen (middle) and Bro. RG Cagbabanua (right).

Our parish priest lights the candle from the new fire, saying... "May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds....."

Please watch video here.

Liturgy of Baptism

Easter water is blessed, new members are brought into the Church through baptism, Six (6) adults were baptized last night.

In the name of the Father , and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit...
Receiving the oil of catechumens.

...and later, all the faithful are blessed with water and renew their baptismal promises.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Good Friday - Veneration of the Cross

Good Friday is dedicated to the Passion of Christ and the Crucifixion, this day celebrate the cross itself, as the instrument of salvation. The Church - stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open - is as if in mourning. Rev. Fr. Angel Sanchez and the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) vested in red Mass vestments.

Adoration or veneration of an image or representation of Christ's cross does not mean that we are actually adoring the material image, of course, but rather what it represents. In kneeling before the crucifix and kissing it we are paying the highest honor to the our Lord's cross as the instrument of our salvation. Because the Cross is inseparable from His sacrifice, in reverencing His Cross we are, in effect, adoring Christ. Thus we affirm: 'We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou has Redeemed the World.'

Sto. Entierro during the procession.

Traditional procession of Sto. Entierro and the rest of the images in karosa passes through the streets and/ of the front gates of villages of  Verdant, Camella, Manuela Integrated.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Grand Station of the Cross

Grand Station of the Cross of the Parish of the Last Supper of Our Lord. Good Friday, March 29, 2013. From St. Joseph, passes through the villages of Casimiro, Emapalico, URCI Townhouses, SMK, Manuela 4E/Integrated and Manila Times Village.

Spiritual significance

The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. It has become one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics, and is often performed in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during His Passion.[6]

In his encyclical letter, Miserentissimus Redemptor, on reparations, Pope Pius XI called Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ a duty for Catholics and referred to them as "some sort of compensation to be rendered for the injury" with respect to the sufferings of Jesus.[7] Pope John Paul II referred to Acts of Reparation as the "unceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified".[8](

Station 1 - Inside the St. Joseph Chapel (Batibot)
2nd Station - Along the right of way of St. Joseph. 
3rd Station - Along the main ave., Casimiro Village.
4th Station - Casimiro Village near Guard House.
5th Station - Aquamarine St., Emapalico Homes.
6th Station - Diamond St., Emapalico Homes.
7th Station - Inside URCI Townhomes.
8th station - URCI Chapel.
9th Station - Inside SMK
10th Station - Before leaving SMK
11th Station - Guijo St.
12th Station - F. Ocampo Ave.
13th station - Inside Manila Times Village
14th station - Manila Times Village
Final blessing of Rev. Fr. Angel Sanchez.

Holy Thursday Mass

Holy Thursday is the day on which Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples, four days after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Only hours after the Last Supper, Judas would betray Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, setting the stage for Christ's Crucifixion on Good Friday.

Rev. Fr. Angel Sancez, parish priest of The Last Supper of Our Lord Parish celebrated the 
Holy Thursday Mass. March 28, 2013.

Rev. Fr. Angel Sanchez during the washing of the feet.
Some of the Apostles
Altar of repose.