Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula led the celebration of the New Year’s Eve Mass of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God at the Manila Cathedral last December 31, 2021, at 8 p.m.
In his homily, Cardinal Advincula spoke about the three virtues that the faithful can learn from Mary, our Mother, being our model and peacebuilder.
“Glory to God in the highest and peace to people of goodwill. Jesus, the prince of peace is God’s Christmas gift for us. Let the spirit of welcoming, caring and praying be our resolution for this new year,” Cardinal Advincula said.
He further explained that “Prayer is the most fundamental act of peacebuilding.”
“Because true peace in heaven is heaven’s gift to earth. Peace can only come from God. It cannot be produced by mere human achievement or effort,” the Cardinal emphasized.
“Kahit anong pagpupunyagi natin, kapag wala ang Diyos sa mga pagsisikap natin para sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran, hahantong lamang iyun sa bulaang kaginhawaan at kawalang katarungan, sa panandaliang katiwasayan para sa iilang tao lamang. Kailangan natin ang Diyos upang magkaroon ng tunay na kapayapaan at kabutihan para sa lahat,” he said.
“We need God to offer us the peace that this world cannot give,” he added.
As the Catholic Church also celebrates the World Day of Peace, Cardinal Advincula remembered in prayers all the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the victims of super typhoon Odette and the armed conflicts in Myanmar.
“We continue to be in solidarity with those who continue to suffer from the pandemic, and those severely affected by typhoon Odette as well as the victims of violence and armed conflicts in Myanmar and all over the world. Tonight, we beg the Lord for the grace of peace,” said Cardinal Advincula.
The Catholic Church marks January 1 as the Holy Day of Obligation because it is the celebration of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. On this day, the faithful are reminded of the role that Mary partook in the plan of salvation of mankind by giving birth to Jesus Christ, the son of God. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC | Photo Gallery)