Kambal na Krus celebrates 101st Founding Anniversary

Kambal na Krus Community Chapel is a chapel under the jurisdiction of St. Joseph Parish in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila.  It was established after the discovery of the impression of the Holy Cross on the cleft of a Sampalok tree.

With great joy and thanksgiving to God for the gift of the Holy Cross, the community celebrated its Community Fiesta last March 19, 2023 with the theme: Simbahang Sinodal: Nagkakaisa, Nakikibahagi at Nagmimisyon sa ilalim ng Tagumpay ng Banal na Krus … A triduum of masses held last March 16, 17, 18, 2023 preceded the day of the Fiesta, presided by (Day 1) Msgr. Claro Matt M. Garcia, Parish Priest, Sta. Clara de Montefalco Parish, (Day 2) Rev. Fr. Rey Anthony I. Yatco, Parish Priest, Immaculate Conception Parish, and (Day 3) Rev. Fr. Jerome A. Marquez, SVD, Provincial, SVD Central Province.

On the day of its Fiesta, the 10:00 a.m. Parish Priest Mass was presided by Rev. Fr. Alfonso B. Valeza, while the Solemn Fiesta Pontifical Mass was presided by the Most Rev. Oscar Jaime L. Florencio, D.D., Bishop, Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Alfonso B. Valeza, Rev. Fr. Rally V. Gonzales, SOLT, and Rev. Fr. Cloyd Anthony G. Elnar, MLCC.  The formal installation of Bro. Rostico F. Morales and Sis. Nanette C. Morales as Hermano and Hermana Mayor for Pastoral Year 2023-2024 was solemnly made official by the presiding prelate.

Since the Community Fiesta coincided with the procession in honor of La Muerte de San Jose, a joint procession of the image of La Muerte de San and Kambalna Krus was organized, and dubbed as MaringalnaPrusisyon ng La Muerte de San Jose at Kambalna Krus which has visited the entire parish community.

To celebrate the 101st Founding Anniversary of Kambalna Krus last March 23, 2023, the chapel’s bell tower was tolled at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon to commemorate the actual time when it was founded, followed by the praying of the Holy Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy before the images of the Holy Cross.  A Solemn Mass at 8:00 o’clock in the evening with the liturgy of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross was presided by Rev. Fr. Nolan A. Que, Vicar Forane of the Vicariate of Espiritu Santo, concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Alfonso B. Valeza, and Rev. Fr. Rally V. Gonzales, SOLT.

The two solemn masses held during the Fiesta and the Anniversary Mass was graced by the MusicamSacram Ensemble headed by Maestro Ferdinand Bautista to give the best liturgy we could offer as our thanksgiving to God for the gift of the Holy Cross and its devotion to many. While the Manila City Hall Band serenaded the community before and after the Fiesta Pontifical Mass last March 19, 2023.  KNK Friends and Benefactors has greatly helped the Pamunuanng Kambalna Krus Community Chapel realizeits programs by means of their financial contributions to augment necessary expenses for the liturgical programs and needs of the chapel for this wonderful celebration.  We owe them thanksgiving for their generous support in making everything possible for the greater glory and honor of God.

Salvator mundi, salva nos, qui per crucem etresurrectionemtuamliberasti nos! (By: Eijay Valerio de Paz/Vicariate SOCOM Coordinator/Vicariate of Espiritu Santo)


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