Prayer Before Reading Our Blog

Come Holy SpiritCome Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Prayer for Enlightenment

O Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to Thee my understanding, my heart and my will, my whole being for time and for eternity. May my understanding be always obedient to Thy heavenly inspirations and the teachings of the holy Catholic Church, of which Thou art the infallible Guide; may my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my neighbor; may my will be ever conformed to the divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful following of the life and virtues of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory for ever. Amen.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Some of the Sacred Things To Be Used For The Nat'l Thanksgiving Mass

 The ceriales

 The Gospel Book

 The Bacculo of H.E. Ricardo J. Card. Vidal for the Nat'l Thanksgiving Mass

 The shepherd looks familiar? Yup! It is the shepherd in your Catechism of the Catholic Cover Page

On the bacculo the Palm is engraved with the map of Cebu and below is the Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Cebu.

The Function Hall of the Newly renovated Commission on Worship office

 This cross set on the staff was bought from Europe during the Canonization Rites

The new office of the Archdiocesan Liturgist

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Mass Propers for the Nat'l Thanksgiving Mass in Honor of San Perdro Calungsod

Missa Coral Pio X

Kyrie Eleison by Julian Velaseca and arranged by Msgr. Rudy Villanueva



This the tone of the Sanctus of Missa Pio X: Sorry if this is different from above coz the arranged composition is not yet uploaded.

And finally the Agnus like the Sanctus is not yet uploaded and it is not available in Youtube. But luckily, the Agnus has the same tone with the Kyrie just change the lyrics. ^_^

Cebuano Bible now available to public

The Front Cover of the Bible

Monday, November 19, 2012

A CEBUANO translation of four gospels of the Holy Bible is now available to the public.
The book “Ang Ebanghelyo” was launched last Saturday night at the Cebu Cathedral Museum.
It took a team of nine Bible scholars 12 years to finish the translation of the original Greek text to Cebuano.
Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said he was elated when the translation was completed.
“For me, it’s a very good translation, though I’m not a Cebuano,” he said.
He admitted that he was skeptical about the project at first because he knows the difficulty of translating the gospels into the local language.
“Your work has been guided by the Holy Spirit,” he told the Bible scholars during the launching at the Cebu Cathedral Museum garden.

L-R: Archbishop Jose S. Palma, Rev. Fr. Carmelo Diola & Archbishop-Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo J. Card. Vidal. During the launching of the Ang Ebanghelyo (from the Original Greek to Cebuano)

Vidal said he brought a copy of the book for Pope Benedict XVI when he went to Rome for the canonization rites of St. Pedro Calungsod, but he was not able to hand it to the Pope personally.
“Ang Ebanghelyo” is the only direct translation of the Gospels of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the Biblical Greek to Cebuano by a team of Catholic Bible scholars, said Fr. Carmelo Diola, who is part of the team that worked on the project.
The book, Diola said, is ideal for personal study as well as group Bible study or group sharing.
The work has footnotes and incorporates grammatical, spelling and accent rules of the Akademyang Bisaya, which is the standard accepted by the Department of Education. It was also reviewed by lay people, Diola said.
“We also consulted language experts,” he said.
Diola said they printed limited commemorative copies.
The popular edition can be bought for P150 at the Dilaab Foundation Office in the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos in Mabolo, Cebu City.
Last Saturday’s launching started with a 5:30 p.m. mass celebrated by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.
“When we read (the Bible in our local language) the effect is such that the word will automatically become part of our system and our life,” Palma told reporters.
“The ways and actions of Jesus are best known through the written word… We will certainly encourage the use of what is most expressive of our own language and mindset,” he added.
Diola said he and the other Bible scholars started the project while they were studying at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He said a teacher challenged them to translate gospels to their local language.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Since Jesus prayed to God does it mean He is not God?

Jesus at Gethsemane

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Ramon Gitamondoc

Abdul Aziz Manzano posted: 

Hebrews 5:7 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Who was Jesus praying to when he fell on his face with loud cries and petitions? Was it himself? Was Jesus crying in tears to himself pleading to be saved from death? No man, sane or insane, prays to himself! Surely the answer must be a resounding ‘No.’ Jesus was praying to “the only true God.” Jesus was the servant of the One Who sent him. Can there be a clearer proof that Jesus was not God?

MY REPLY: The verse you cited only proves that Jesus is truly human but this does not prove that He is not God.  Jesus was not praying to himself but to the Father.  He can do this since Jesus and the Father are two distinct persons.  In his incarnate form Jesus prayed to the Father in order to teach us humility in prayer and to show to us that his human will is in complete dependence and submission to the divine will. As man Jesus humbled himself as St Paul testifies: “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8). In the same letter to the Hebrews which you quoted as to disprove the divinity of Jesus, St Paul also writes: “in these days, has spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world. Who being the brightness of his glory and the figure of his substance and upholding all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:2-3) and also “But to the Son: Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of justice is the sceptre of your kingdom” (Hebrews 1:8). But of course you will not accept this verses which will only show your selective quotations of certain Biblical passages which will serve your purpose. This manner of yours will also show how your religion has mutilated the Word of God as revealed in Sacred Scriptures. If you will attempt to quote the Bible to disprove the divinity of Christ then be sure you are ready to confront all the other verses which proves that He is divine.