Thursday, 28 March 2019 03:05

KRUS NG ATING KALIGTASAN, GABAY NG MGA KABATAAN (97th Founding Anniversary of Kambal na Krus)


With praise and thanksgiving to God, Kambal na Krus Chapel celebrated its 97th Founding Anniversary last March 23, 2019, and its Community Fiesta last March 16-17, 2019 with the theme: “KRUS NG KALIGTASAN, GABAY NG MGA KABATAAN.”

Photo by Eijay Valerio de Paz / SOCOM - St. Joseph Parish, Tondo

A triduum of Masses preceded the day of Fiesta. This was presided by the following:  
March 13 – Rev. Msgr. Sabino A. Vengco, Jr., President, Kadiwa Foundation for Priests
March 14 – Rev. Msgr. Claro Matt M. Garcia, Parish Priest, St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish
March 15 – Rev. Fr. Nolan A. Que, School Director, Cluster V and VI of the RCAM-ES. 

On March 16, Bisperas ng Kapistahan, the Holy Mass presided Rev. Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Episcopal Commission on Youth

On the day of its Fiesta, March 17, 2019, Sunday, the 10:00 a.m. Misang Maringal was presided by Rev. Fr. Estelito L. Villegas, Rector/Parish Priest of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño with Rev. Fr. Marlon M. Reyes, SSS, a homegrown parishioner of the parish and the chapel who resides at Barangay 147 of Tondo, Manila as concelebrant. 

The 5:00 p.m. Pontifical Fiesta Solemn High Mass was presided by the Bishop-Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan, His Excellency, the Most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr. D.D. with Rev. Fr. Joselino B. Tuazon, Parish Priest of St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin as concelebrant.  In his homily, Bishop Iñiguez emphasized the importance of the message of the cross that were sent to the community.  "Ang ating pinararangalan sa ating pagdiriwang na ito dito sa ating lugar ay ang inyong Kambal na Krus - isang nangyari dito sa inyong lugar na inyong tinanggap na isang pagpapahayag ng Diyos sa inyo ng kahalagahan ng naganap sa Krus." 

The Pontifical Mass was followed by the Maringal na Prusisyon which were attended by thousands of devotees from the different parts of the cities and provinces, who comes to the chapel every year during the day of its Fiesta.

The 97 founding anniversary of Kambal na Krus was celebrated on March 23, 2019. The following activities were held: Peeling of the Chapel’s Bells at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon– the actual time when the crosses were found and a Solemn High Mass at 8:00 o’clock in the evening presided by Rev. Fr. Joselino B. Tuazon, Parish Priest. 

The fiesta commemorates the allegedly miraculous properties of the chapel's twin crosses.

The KAMBAL NA KRUS CHAPEL is a visita that lies in the heart of Tondo situated along Raxabago Street. The chapel is under the jurisdiction of St. Joseph Parish Gagalangin and covers seven barangays such as Barangays 147, 149, 150, 151, 154, 157, 158 and 160. Its feast day is celebrated during the third Sunday of March.  The Kambal Na Krus was founded by a young laborer named, Crispino Lacandaso who was chopping wood from a felled, hundred-year-old Sampalok tree on an empty lot at 1885 Juan Luna St. Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila. Lacandaso initially had difficulty in cutting the trunk, but upon finally, cleaving in twain, he saw a dark cross on the base, imprinted on both halves of the wood. 

The pieces of wood were subsequently encased in glass, and devotees from other parts of the city flocked to the site, and a small chapel was later built to enshrine the wood. The 2009 renovation completely altered the Chapel, adding a second altar and two more floors to the structure. On the second floor is the new choir loft, while a rooftop area and bellcote are on the third. The altar was also overhauled, and the Chapel received a new set of liturgical vessels. (Eijay Valerio de Paz / SOCOM - St. Joseph Parish, Tondo)

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