Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Today is 'Baclaran Day' in the Philippines or in short every Wednesday many Filipinos go to Baclaran Church (built by the Redemptorists Missionaries) to show their devotion to our Mother Of Perpetual Help. Those who can't go to Baclaran Church attend Novena masses in their respective parishes, this is the only devotion in the Philippines that is being celebrated in almost every parish during Wednesdays. I myself is a devotee of our Mother of Perpetual Help, I have a 'closer relationship' with her after my mom died in 2008 of cancer. When I ask for her intercession I talk to her as if I'm talking to my mom or to a close friend. I've also entrusted my sons and my family (even my blog!) under the mantle of her maternal protection.
Mother Of Perpetual Help Lead Us to Jesus!
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, commonly called Candlemas, commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple and the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary. The feast falls on February 2nd.
Canticle of Simeon In Latin
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine
Secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium,
Et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.
In the Philippines, the Catholic faithful attends Holy Mass during this day and brings candles to be blessed by the priest after the Mass.