The celebration for the installation of Cardinal Jose F. Advincula as the 33rd Archbishop of Manila will be simple and without much fanfare as Church remains in communion with those affected by the COVID 19 pandemic
“The celebrations will be very simple. We will follow the liturgical guidelines. No fanfare,” Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Rector of the Manila Cathedral said in a virtual press briefing last June 16, 2021.
“We will just be balancing between the celebration and being conscious of the situation because of the pandemic,” he added.
On the day of the installation of the former Archbishop of Capiz on June 24, Fr. Malicdem said that only 400 guests will be allowed inside the Manila Cathedral that has a total seating capacity of 2,500. This is in compliance with the guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“We beg the understanding of everyone na para masigurado natin yung safety ng lahat at para masunod natin yung health protocols, there will be strict implementation of traffic, distancing, use of facemask and face shield inside and outside the Manila Cathedral. So may mga in place na pong mga logistic for traffic and security,” Fr. Malicdem said.
The rector added that they will provide LCD monitors outside the cathedral for those who will not be able to go inside. He also encouraged them to watch the installation online, on the Facebook pages of RCAM platforms and parishes.
For security, traffic and health reasons, the Manila Cathedral, Intramuros Administration and Manila police agreed to close Intramuros in the morning for at least 3 hours while the celebration is ongoing. Only guests and those who are part of the celebration can enter the Intramuros via Anda Circle.
According to Fr. Carmelo Arada, in charge of the liturgy, the rite of Reception and Canonical Possession, although simple, will happen in the context of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and is intended to catechize the people and explain in ritual form the role and function of the bishop in a Christian community.
The Rite of Reception of the new bishop will happen after the civic reception in Ayuntamiento. The church celebration will begin at the door of the cathedral where Cardinal Advincula will be received. He will be presented with a crucifix and he will kiss it. After kissing the cross, he will sprinkle with holy water to the people around after which he will kneel on a kneeler and spend a few moments of prayer before the blessed sacrament. He will then be brought to the vesting area at St. Joseph Chapel inside the cathedral and read the prayer of Pope Francis in his letter Patris Corde inaugurating the Year of St. Joseph.
At the start of the Holy Mass, Fr. Malicdem will read and show the apostolic letter that appoints and elects Cardinal Advincula as the new Archbishop of Manila. As a sign of acceptance and gratitude, a promise of prayer and support, the faithful inside the cathedral will sing the Acclamation of the song of gratitude. The new Archbishop of Manila will give a short response as a sign of acceptance of his responsibility of taking care of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown as the installing prelate will lead the new Archbishop to the cathedra, a chair that reminds the Archbishop that he is the teacher and shepherd of the archdiocese.
Under normal circumstances, Fr. Arada said, during the installation rite, the priests, religious and faithful and even government officials go near the Archbishop and pay homage. But due to the prevailing COVID-10 pandemic, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila will deliver words of homage in the name of all the priests, the religious and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila.
As a sign of homage, pledge of respect, devotion and obedience to the new Archbishop of Manila, the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila will renew the promises they made during their ordination.
“So lahat po ng pari ng arkidiyosesis sasariwain yun gmga pangako noong kaming inordihanan. At sa dulo po nun yung pangako na aming po igagalang, mahamahalin an gaming bagong arsobispo,” Fr. Arada said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)