January 20, 2019 ~ Jasper Christian Gambito/ St. Peregrine Laziosi Diocesan Shrine. Today, the Philippine Church celebrates the Feast of the Child Jesus, also known as the Sto. Niño. Devotion to the Child Jesus in our country started more than three centuries ago when the Spaniards introduced Christianity to our ancestors. Started by the Augustinian friars in Cebu, devotion to the Sto. Niño spread throughout the Philippine archipelago to a point that in almost all of the diocese in our country, there is a parish named after the Child Jesus.Read More
Greetings of peace to everyone!
These past few days, it is noticeable that most markets were filled with people who wanted to buy various fruits, foods, and other items which according to their belief, could bring prosperity for the coming year. Others would also heed to suggestion of various ‘experts’ so that 2019 could bring them abundance. However, amidst the excitement and festivities brought by the recent New Year’s Eve celebration,Read More
Dear brothers and sisters,
A Blessed and Grace-filled Christmas!
Christ is born for us, come, let us adore him! Let us open our hearts and welcome the Baby Jesus in joy and in love! As our Holy Father Pope Francis beautifully expressed it in his Christmas Message (2015): “Let us receive Him Who is the radiant ‘day’ that has dawned on the horizon of humanity:Read More
What makes us excited this Christmas season? Are we excited of opening our gifts? Receiving our bonuses? Seeing our loved ones? Gazing at colorfully lit Christmas decorations? Attending the Simbang Gabi? Queuing to taste the puto bumbong or bibingka? Are we really excited on the celebration of the coming of Jesus? Or our excitement is rooted only to some mundane matters?Read More
Panunuluyan, a centuries-old tradition of the Filipinos depicts the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging in Bethlehem around two thousand years ago. This tradition is believed to be attributed originally to the Mexicans who are celebrating Las Posadas, Spanish word for “the inns.” It usually lasts for nine days, representing the nine-month pregnancy of Mary.Read More
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