500 Years of Christianity

500 Years of Christianity

As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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500 Years of Christianity

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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500 Years of Christianity

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest

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500 Years of Christianity

As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

Remain humble on becoming “gifted to give” – Cardinal Advincula  

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500 Years of Christianity

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

Remain humble on becoming “gifted to give” – Cardinal Advincula  

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

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“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest

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500 Years of Christianity

As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

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“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

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500 Years of Christianity

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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500 Years of Christianity

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

Remain humble on becoming “gifted to give” – Cardinal Advincula  

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

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“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na …

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“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest

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500 Years of Christianity

As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )

 

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500 Years of Christianity

Reverend Father Reynante Balilio, ating butihing kura paroko; Reverend Father Edwin Hari, ang ating shrine rector; mga pari, diyakono, relihiyosa at relihiyoso, lalo na ang mga Agustino; mga minamahal na kapatid kay Kristo:

Nagpupuri tayo ngayon sa Diyos na siyang tumipon sa atin ngayon sa Banal na Misa para pasalamatan siya sa mga biyayang natamo natin sa nagdaang Hubileyo ng limandaang taon ng pagdating ng Ebanghelyo sa Pilipinas.

Para sa ating pagdiriwang ngayon, matuto tayo mula sa mga pagbasa ngayong araw: pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba.

Unang aral ay pag-aalaala.  Sa ating Ebanghelyo, narinig natin ang pangako ni Hesus tungkol sa pagdating ng Espiritu Santo, ang Paraklito.  At, sabi ni Hesus, isang pagkilos sa atin ng Espiritu Santo ay pagpapaalala sa atin ng mga turo ni Hesus.  The Holy Spirit will remind us of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will help us remember the love, mercy, and promise of Jesus.

Mga kapatid, sa Bibliya, napakahalaga ng pag-aalaala.  Sa Lumang Tipan, nangyayari ang kasalanan kapag nakakalimot ang bayang Israel sa mga kabutihan at katotohanan ng Diyos.  Malimit idinadaing ng Diyos, sa pamamagitan ng mga propeta, na makalimutin ang kanyang sintang bayan.  Madaling makalimot sa pagpapalaya niya sa kanila mula sa Ehipto; madaling makalimot sa paglingap niya sa kanila sa gitna ng disyerto; madaling makalimot sa pagkakaloob niya sa kanila ng pamanang lupain; madaling makalimot sa pangako niya ng pagtubos at pagliligtas; madaling makalimot sa kanyang kautusan at katarungan; madaling makalimot sa kanyang pagmamahal at kahabagan.  Ngunit, kahit na ang tao ay makalimutin, ang Diyos ay laging nakakaalaala.  Kahit pa malimutan ng ina ang kanyang anak, hindi malilimutan o mapapabayaan ng Diyos ang kanyang bayan.

At sa Bagong Tipan naman, ang huling habilin ni Hesus sa kanyang mga alagad bago siya magpakasakit at mamatay: “Gawin ninyo ito sa pag-alaala sa akin.”  Kaya tayo nagmimisa, kaya tayo nagmimisyon, kaya tayo naglilingkod, ay upang laging maalala si Hesus.

Kaya naman, mga kapatid, ngayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin.

Ikalawang aral naman ay pagpapakumbaba.  Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin kung paanong madiin ang pagtanggi nina San Pablo at San Bernabe sa pag-aakala ng mga taga-Lystra na sila ay mga diyos.  Dahil nasaksihan nilang nakapaglakad ang isang lumpo sa pag-uutos lamang ni Pablo, inisip nilang si Bernabe ay si Zeus at si Pablo ay si Hermes, na kanilang mga sinasambang diyus-diyusan.  Subalit, sa halip na yumabang at magmataas, sa halip na magpadala sa papuri ng madla, sina Bernabe at Pablo ay nanatiling mapagpakumbaba.  Idiniin nilang sila’y mga tao rin, at ang Diyos na ipinakilala ni Hesukristo ang siyang tunay na may kagagawan ng himala.

Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”.  Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay.  Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang.  Every goodness is gift.  Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa.

Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa.  Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.  Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door, San Agustin Church, May 8, 2023, 10 am

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500 Years of Christianity

“A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.”

This was what His Eminence, Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, said to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Philippines’ oldest diocese, formally capped off its celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the country at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, February 6.

The Archbishop of Manila underscored the need for renewal of faith and re-creation within the Filipino Catholic Church to make it “docile, responsive, and open to renewal” and to remain “ever young and vibrant”.

“Ang Simbahan na takot sa pagbabago, ang Simbahan na ayaw nang magbago, ang Simbahang kung paano noon, ganoon pa rin hanggang ngayon, ang Simbahang ganito ay mabilis tatanda,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Magandang suriin natin ang ating mga parokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’y simbahang ang mga gawain at programa ay paulit-ulit na lang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehong tao, , sila-sila pa rin, at sila-sila na lang, takot sa mga bagong pamamaraan, mga bagong ideya, mga bagong mamumuno na maaaring magdala ng mga bagong ideya at pamamaraan. Kapag ganito ang simbahan, ang simbahang ito ay matanda na. Hindi ganito ang Simbahan ni Hesus,” he added.

He also reiterated the areas in the archdiocese that need re-creation such as establishing mission stations, conducting its charitable programs and initiatives, and creating effective listening tools for an effective synodal Church which he likened to the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Dominic de Guzman who served as secondary patrons of Manila.

Cardinal Advincula expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the Archdiocese of Manila for their cooperation in his task to renew and recreate the 444-year-old center of Christian faith.

“In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Established as a suffragan diocese on February 6, 1579 by the virtue of Pope Gregory XII’s “Illius fulti praesido”, Manila was led by its first bishop, Fray Domingo Salazar, OP and elevated to archdiocesan status 16 years later on August 14, 1595.

The Cardinal Advincula is the 33rd and current Archbishop of Manila and was installed on June 24, 2021 during the 450th anniversary of the City of Manila. (Lem Leal Santiago/Volunteer Writer/Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish | Photos by Maricar Santos | Homily)

 

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500 Years of Christianity

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and sisters in Christ:

As a Church in the Archdiocese of Manila, we are gathered this evening to thank the Lord for the 444th anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese of the Philippines.  We celebrate this Mass in the presence of the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rose of Lima, and Saint Dominic de Guzman who, in the course of time, were declared secondary patrons of Manila.  We thank Pope Francis and his Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, for sending us these precious relics – from the walking stick of Saint Francis, the habit of Saint Rose, and a piece of St. Dominic’s bone.  Tonight, we also close our Archdiocesan celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to our lands through the symbolic closing of our cathedral’s jubilee door.

Imagine, my dear brothers and sisters, Manila has been a diocese for 444 years of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.  Compared to other local Churches in the West, we are quite a young Church.  But compared to other dioceses in southeast Asia, we are one of the oldest, if not the oldest.

While we are not a young Church in terms of years, we are definitely a young Church in terms of spirit.  In the course of our 444 years of history, we can see how God has been constantly renewing and reforming, creating and recreating Manila.  God has gifted us with archbishops, bishops, clergy, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful who have responded to the signs of the times and the needs of society with the Gospel values and Christian principles.  This makes our Church young.

It is providential that our first reading today brings us back to the first four days of creation.  It is a story of a God who creates good and beautiful things.  But even God’s creation, especially human beings, need renewal and reform.  This is the reason why Jesus became man.  And in our Gospel, we see how healing has been part of the ministry and mission of Jesus.  To heal is to recreate.  Illness disfigures us.  But the God who created us is also the one who, in Jesus, recreates us, renews us, and creates us anew.

My dear brothers and sisters, there are many areas in our lives that need the recreating.  The love of husband and wife, the relationships within the family, and the connections at work, in society, or in school might need to be created anew.  Our faith also needs to be renewed. And even the Church, and especially the Church, needs recreating.  Ang Simbahannatakotsapagbabago, ang Simbahannaayawnangmagbago, ang Simbahangkung paano noon, ganoonpa rinhanggangngayon, ang Simbahangganito ay mabilistatanda.  Magandang suriin natin ang atingmgaparokya, pamayanan at institusyon.  Baka naman tayo’ysimbahang ang mgagawain at programa ay paulit-ulitnalang, pinamumunuan ng mga pare-parehongtao, ,sila-sila pa rin, at sila-silana lang, takotsamgabagongpamamaraan, mgabagongideya, mga bagong mamumunonamaaaringmagdala ng mgabagongideya at pamamaraan,.  Kapagganito ang simbahan, ang simbahangito ay matandana.  Hindi ganito ang SimbahanniHesus.  A Church that is not open to renewal easily grows old, insignificant, and obsolete.  But a Church that is docile, responsive, and open to renewal remains ever young and vibrant.

In my almost two years as Archbishop of this great Archdiocese, I have seen how we, as a Church, respond to the new challenges and mission before us.  And I thank the Lord for all of you, my dear priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful, for your openness to these calls to renewal and re-creation.

One area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the establishment of mission stations which are meant to realize the vision of Pope Francis of a Church that is close to the people.  Our mission stations are meant to make our faithful feel that they belong to the Church.  We have in our midst the relic of St. Francis of Assisi taken from the walking staff he used in his journeys.  This is significant for us because one gift that St. Francis gave to the Church is to bring the Church closer to the people, especially to the poor.  In his poverty, St. Francis showed the poor that the Church is poor like them.  To St. Francis of Assisi, we entrust our newly established mission stations.

Another area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is in the area of charity.  We have Caritas Manila, Pondo ng Pinoy, and other foundations, groups, and movements that, over the years, have extended help in a systematic and organized way.  But probably we could also look into how we have been helping each other within the Archdiocese.  How do parishes with more resources assist parishes who cannot make both ends meet?  How do our priests help each other?  And as an Archdiocese, how do we show our concern for the other local Churches in the country which, in many ways, are connected to us?  May the charity and concern that St. Rose of Lima showed to those in need be our inspiration.  May St. Rose set our hearts aflame with love, concern, and solidarity with others.

One final area of renewal and re-creation in our Archdiocese is the review and reform our structures and systems so that we may truly be a synodal Church, a Church that listens to each other and journeys with one another.  In my homily during my installation, I told you that I am a shepherd who is willing to listen, Audiam, for only a shepherd who listens can serve the flock well.  I still hold on to this commitment.  And I invite you to make our Archdiocese a listening Church.  Audiamsa RCAM.  And in this way, a Church that journeys together.  Let us look into our structures and systems in the Curia, in our parishes and communities, and in our ministries and groups.  Pinakikingganba natin ang isa’t isa?  Sino ang mgapinakikinggan?  Sino ang mgahindipinakikinggan?  Sino ang ayawpakinggan?  Sino ang mgalagingnagsasalita?  At sino ang hindinabibigyan ng pagkakataongmagsalita?  Kaninongboses ang palagingnaririnig?  Sa atingpaglalakbay, sabay-sabayba tayo bilangkomunidad?  O nag-uunahan?  Sino ang nauuna?  Sino ang nahuhuli?  Sino ang naiiwan?  Let us ask the intercession of St. Dominic who, in his life, has seen the value of contemplating, listening, and preaching so that the Church may be renewed.

My dear brothers and sisters, we will close this evening the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral, the first cathedral of the Philippines.  But let us keep our hearts open to God’s recreating hand.  And through the intercession of Mary, our Immaculate Mother, may we become the Church of Manila that God wants and envisions us to be.  Amen. (Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)   

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass – Closing of the Jubilee Door of the 500 YOC and 444th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of Manila, Feb. 6, 2023, 6 pm  

My dear brother priests and deacons; men and women in consecrated life; seminarians; our esteemed lay faithful from the different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Manila; brothers and …

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500 Years of Christianity

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Eagle Eye Charities Inc., a charity based in New York, is celebrating 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines by holding a global art competition showcasing Filipino arts, culture and the Catholic faith.

Today we see the rise of many great modern-day Filipino artists from Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines, but only a few make it to the international buyers’ scene, such as the ongoing auction at Sotheby’s of the piece, “Art Madness” by our very own founding mentor, Orley Ypon, renowned ARC Living Master.

Eagle Eye Charities Inc., in cooperation with the Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila, is inviting you to become part of this historic celebration, 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion Art Contest. The competition encourages young and mid-career artists to express their vision of Philippine religious values and cultural journey through the years, from 1521 to the present day.

The contest is open to all Filipinos, including those of Filipino descent from the

Philippines or abroad, aged 15 years and above. Top 40 entries will be exhibited at the Manila Cathedral (on February 20-28, 2023).

Please check the Eagle Eye Charities Inc. website, https://eaglecharities.org/art-competition more information and to download your entry form.

 

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500 Years of Christianity

As the oldest standing church in the Philippines officially culminated an important milestone in our country’s religious history, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula stressed the central theme of the celebration of the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines: humility.

In his homily during the Closing of the 500 YOC Jubilee Door at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 8, Cardinal Advincula reminded everyone to stay humble with thegifts that God entrusted to every Filipino Christians throughout five centuries.

“Mga kapatid, pagpapakumbaba ang pinakabuod ng ating tema sa Hubileyo na “Gifted to Give”. Hindi ito pagmamayabang na tayo ay gifted, na tayo ay mas angat, na tayo ang mas may kakayahang magbigay. Sa halip, ang “Gifted to Give” ay pakumbabang pag-amin na lahat ng tinataglay at tinatamasa natin na kagalingan at kabutihan ay pawang handog lamang. Every goodness is gift. Hindi natin kagagawan kundi tinanggap mula sa awa at habag ng ating Diyos.  At dahil ito ay handog, hindi natin ito ipagdadamot kundi ibabahagi sa kapwa,” he explained.

The Archbishop of Manila also asked for the intercession of the church’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion Y Correa, that every Filipino Catholics shall always remember Jesus’ love and commandments as instruments of humility and compassion to each other.

“[N]gayong pagsasara ng Hubileyo sa inyong dambana, alalahanin natin ang Diyos, alalahanin natin ang mga turo at utos ng Diyos, alalahanin natin ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa atin,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Pag-aalaala at pagpapakumbaba, ito ang biyaya ng Dakilang Hubileyo ng pananampalataya sa ating bansa. Ito ang magbubunsod sa atin sa pagpapasalamat sa Diyos at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa. Kasihan nawa tayo at ipagdasal ng ating mahal na Ina, Mahal na Birhen ng Correa, upang lagi at lalo tayong makaalaala at magpakumbaba,” he added.

Recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a “World Heritage Site”, the present San Agustin Church’s structure was completed in 1607 and was spared from various natural and man-made catastrophes in the next four hundred years.

It was chosen as one of the 12 Jubilee Churches of the Archdiocese of Manila for the 500 YOC celebration. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery )