Pope’s en­voy cel­e­brates mass at Manila Cathe­dral to­day

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO and CHRISTINA I. HER­MOSO

To­day, De­cem­ber 8, on the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary, the En­voy of Pope Fran­cis, His Emi­nence Thomas Aquinas Manyo Car­di­nal Maeda, the Arch­bishop of Osaka, will pre­side a Mass at 12 noon at the cathe­dral to honor the Pa­troness of the Philip­pines

and the Manila Cathe­dral.

He will be as­sisted dur­ing the mass by Manila Arch­bishop Luis Antonio G. Car­di­nal Ta­gle.

De­cem­ber 8 will also be the start of the two-day cel­e­bra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of the Manila Cathe­dral post-war re­con­struc­tion and con­se­cra­tion.

Car­di­nal Ta­gle has in­vited the faith­ful to visit the Manila Cathe­dral on De­cem­ber 8 and 10, to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary.

"I hope you could mark these dates as days when the Filipino peo­ple can come to­gether as broth­ers and sis­ters in our Mother Church, and show that hate and de­struc­tion can be over­come by God's re­build­ing love. These are very spe­cial oc­ca­sions of our Mother Church. Please come home!” he said in a video mes­sage posted on the Manila Cathe­dral Face­book page.

Pope’s En­voy in Manila Car­di­nal Maeda “brings a mes­sage and a spe­cial bless­ing from the Holy Fa­ther him­self," Fa­ther Regi­nald Mal­ic­dem, rec­tor of the cathe­dral, said in a state­ment.

"It is a very sym­bolic ges­ture on the part of Pope Fran­cis to send a Ja­panese Car­di­nal as En­voy. Aside from be­ing the new­est Car­di­nal in Asia, Car­di­nal Maeda’s pres­ence on De­cem­ber 8 will sig­nify the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and peace be­tween our two nations once torn apart by war," said Mal­ic­dem.

In the let­ter of Pope Fran­cis to Car­di­nal Maeda re­leased orig­i­nally in Latin by the Vat­i­can on De­cem­ber 1, 2018, the Pope writes: “You are to act in our name, there­fore, on the 8th day of the com­ing month of De­cem­ber, more than four years since we have vis­ited it, at the Cathe­dral in Manila – also called the Mi­nor Basil­ica of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary – giv­ing thanks to God for the beauty of this tem­ple, but most im­por­tantly for the lively faith of the pas­tors and of the Chris­tian faith­ful . . . We there­fore abun­dantly pour upon you our Apos­tolic Bless­ing; and we gen­er­ously share it with all of those to whom you will be sent: beloved pas­tors, sem­i­nar­i­ans, re­li­gious men and women, and lay Chris­tian faith­ful, most es­pe­cially the poor and the chil­dren.

Masses will also be held at 7:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m.

Mar­ian de­vo­tions

At the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Cathe­dral in Cubao, Que­zon City, a high mass will be cel­e­brated by parish priest Rev. Fr. Den­nis So­ri­ano at 3:30 p.m.

The Grand Mar­ian Pro­ces­sion, a pre­lude to the Feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, was held last Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, in Intramuros, Manila.

Sev­eral Catholic schools also held Mar­ian vig­ils and liv­ing rosaries last night in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the feast.

In Catholic churches and Mar­ian shrines across the coun­try, Mar­ian devo­tees are ex­pected to at­tend the spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive masses in honor of the Prin­ci­pal Pa­troness of the Philip­pines.

Nove­nas, spe­cial de­vo­tions, can­dle of­fer­ings, and the recita­tion of the holy rosary will also be ob­served.

The ob­ser­vance of the Feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion cel­e­brates the Ro­man Catholic dogma, “In­ef­fa­bilis Deus,” as de­fined by Pope Pius IX on Dec. 8, 1854 which af­firmed the be­lief that the Blessed Vir­gin Mary, “in the first in­stance of her con­cep­tion, was, by a unique grace and priv­i­lege by the Almighty God, in view of the mer­its of Je­sus Christ, the Sav­ior of the hu­man race, was pre­served free from all stain of orig­i­nal sin.”

Ac­cord­ing to Church of­fi­cials, “The uni­ver­sal re­demp­tion of Je­sus was an­tic­i­pated for Mary at the time of her con­cep­tion by her mother, Saint Anne, in view of her di­vine moth­er­hood. Mary’s Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion en­hances Je­sus’ re­demp­tive work. While hu­mans are cleansed from orig­i­nal sin through bap­tism, in Mary, Je­sus’ work was so pow­er­ful as to pre­vent orig­i­nal sin at the on­set.”

In 1858, dur­ing the Blessed Mother’s ap­pari­tion in Lour­des, France, she in­tro­duced her­self as the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion to St. Ber­nadette.

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