Thousands of Catholics flocked to the Manila Cathedral to attend the Chrism Mass 7:00 am, Thursday.
Led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Mass attended by hundreds of priests from various parish in Metro Manila.
Evangelization or spreading the good news was the theme of the Chrism Mass that lasted more than two hours.
Tagle said, not only about the renewal of vows of the priests and the simple blessing of the oil mass, but regarded it as a celebration of the people of God and communion of communities.
In the homily, Tagle said the importance of studying the Lord especially this week of Semana Santa. According to him, not only priests had the responsibility to spread the good news. Anya should ask all of the Holy Spirit to be part of the good news and share the true freedom and salvation given by God for all.
After the homily, the offering of oil, conducted the renewal of vows and pinagdasal all the priests gratitude to God.
Before the Mass, also gave awards are celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversary of his priesthood.
The carrying balloons and plakards gathered and congratulate the supporters of the priest outside the cathedral.
Annual tradition of the Catholic churches to perform the Chrism Mass every day of Maundy Thursday, a symbol of unity of the clergy in the church. Blessing of the bishop or cardinal also the oil which is used by priests throughout the year in the sacraments.
Pope Francis performs the Holy Thursday ritual of washing feet in 2016. The Holy Thursday rite re-enacts the foot-washing ritual Jesus performed on his apostles [L”Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP]
In past years the pope has spent the holiday washing the feet of inmates at a prison in Rome. While the Holy Father will continue that tradition, he will instead wash the feet of asylum seekers and immigrants, many of whom will not be Christians. Below are other traditions associated with Holy Thursday:
1. Thursday night church services. Services are traditionally solemn observances, unlike the celebration of Easter on Sunday. Most services are held in the evening, as the Last Supper was said to take place during sundown.
2. The Eucharist. The Eucharist is a Christian rite meant to symbolize the Last Supper. It involves eating bread and drinking wine, which symbolize the body and blood of Jesus, respectively.
3. Feet washing. The religious rite of washing feet was described in the Bible as a symbolic gesture of breaking social barriers between the religious elite and the poor. Jesus told his disciples, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet,” according to the Gospel of St. John. “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”
4. Visiting seven churches. The tradition of visiting seven churches on Maundy Thursday to pray is practiced most notably in the Philippines and Latin America. The practice is thought to have originated in ancient Rome when religious followers visited Rome’s seven basilicas.
5. Alms giving. In the U.K., the giving of “alms,” which comes from the Greek word for pity, is traditionally practiced by the monarch and involves offering coins to the elderly.
Book: Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly.
(Might also be called, “Four Signs of a Dynamic Christian” or “Four Signs of A Dynamic Person in Recovery”)
- We Pray and Meditate
- We study (spiritual works, like the scripture — For alcoholics and drug addicted people, we study the 12 Step literature)
- We pour ourselves out in loving service to others
- We evangelize. A Christians talks about his faith — he is not ashamed. A person in AA or another 12 Step recovery program, does 12 Step work.
We don’t hear too much about “practicing Catholics” these days but we should. “Practicing” means doing the daily orderly things required of our God and our faith, like praying at dedicated times each day. We have to choose order over disorder and others should readily see the result in us!
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