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HOLY THURSDAY




Until the seventh century the Roman Church ended the Lenten observance on Holy Thursday morning with the reconciliation of public penitents by the bishop in the presence of the faithful. These were penitents that had been chosen on Ash Wednesday for reconciliation. As sign of penance they had been covered with ashes on Ash Wednesday and dressed in sackcloth.

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POVERTY THAT DEHUMANIZES, POVERTY THAT SANCTIFIES CBCP Lenten Message 2014




Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)


POVERTY THAT DEHUMANIZES, POVERTY THAT SANCTIFIES


CBCP Lenten Message 2014



As we begin this Lenten Season in the Year of the Laity, we invite you, our brothers and sisters, to reflect on poverty, particularly the types that contradict God‟s Kingdom as well as those other types that promote and establish the Kingdom. We do this following the lead of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, whose own Lenten Message takes its inspiration from St. Paul writing about our Lord Jesus Christ: “He became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (cf. 2 Cor 8:9).
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Via Crucis for good weather on Good Friday




A seven-kilometer Penitential Walk dubbed as Via Crucis for Good Weather 2014 will be held on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. It is being organized by Radio Veritas 846 in cooperation with TV Maria and parishes and organizations in the Archdiocese of Manila, in particular, the Vicariate of Sta. Clara de Montefalco, Pasay City. 

The Via Crucis encourages Catholics to offer prayers and penitential sacrifices for the safety of the country in view of the country’s experiences with man-made and natural calamities especially the deadly super typhoon Yolanda.

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EASTER VIGIL THE MOTHER OF ALL VIGILS



According to the ancient tradition of the Church, this night is spent in watching and prayer in honor of the Lord. We are reminded to have our lamps burning ready, to be like the servants awaiting their master’s return, so that when he arrives and finds us wide awake, he will seat us at the table of his body and blood. 

St. Augustine called the Easter vigil the mother of all vigils because all the other vigils we celebrate in the course of the year (Eucharistic vigils, vigils for the dead, etc.) draw their meaning from it and in some way prolong its effect. St. Augustine writes: “While we keep vigil on the night during which we recall to mind the burial of our Lord, we want our vigil to coincide with the time when he slept for us. Thus in the very night when he slept we keep vigil. During the time of his sleep we solemnize a vigil, so that when finally we have arisen for the eternal vigils, he may keep vigil for us.”

The Easter vigil is arranged in four parts: the service of light, the liturgy of the word, the liturgy of baptism and renewal of baptismal vows, and the liturgy of the Eucharist. The central parts of the entire celebration are the baptismal and Eucharistic liturgy. While the season of Lent centered on the word of God for conversion, penance, and preparation for baptism, Easter centers on the sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist.

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