Sunday, December 25, 2011

Panunuluyan: A Christmas Drama

Today when we attended the Misa de Aguinaldo (Christmas Midnight Mass), we witnessed the Panunuluyan or dramatization of the birth of our Lord Jesus.

The Panunuluyan dramatizes the search for lodging of the Holy Couple, Jose and the very pregnant Maria. Originally, the images of the two, atop decorated carrozas, are processioned on Christmas eve and taken from house to house, in re-enactment of that event in Bethlehem. The images are preceded by altar boys bearing ciriales (cross and candles on poles) and devotees. Eventually, real people, instead of santos, were cast to assume the roles of Jose and Maria, almost always respectable citizens of the town. The dramatis personae expanded to include the 3 Magis, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar and even a Narrator and a Koro, a Chorus of singers who sang and delivered verses for the Holy Couple.

Four or five houses are selected as “inns”, to be visited by the Holy Couple, who either walked on foot, rode a gareta (bull cart) or in some cases, rode the back of a large animal like a carabao or donkey. The yards and balconies were often spruced with Christmas décor like lights and lanterns. At the first house, San Jose begs the “innkeeper” for a room, chanting the verses in octo-syllabic quatrains. The “innkeeper” sings his response, claiming his house is full, thus turning the couple away. The couple moves on to the next house, and then to the next, meeting the same cold response. Finally, the procession winds back to the church plaza, where a stable has been constructed. It is here that Maria delivers Jesus, amidst the ringing of bells and the celebration of a Misa de Aguinaldo, the last of the Simbang Gabi (nightly Masses).

Here is the recorded video of the Panunuluyan of San Roque Cathedra (It is very dark inside the church so you can only hear the audio and sound effects).


Christmas Greetings

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
-[Isa. 25:1; 40:9-11; Matt. 28:18; Luke 2:11.]

Merry Christmas to All!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

An Advent Song

O Come Divine Messiah

O come, Divine Messiah, O Word of God and Mary's Son:
we long to see your triumph when sin and death are done!

Lord Jesus, come! Come to your own!
With eager eyes, we watch the skies
'till on the clouds You take Your Throne!

Lord Jesus, come! Come to our earth
and there begin to banish sin
and bring us all to heavenly birth!

Dear Savior, haste! Come, come to earth!
Dispel the night and show Your Face
and bid us hail the dawn of grace.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hymn to St. Augustine

Today is the Feast Day of St. Augustine, he's the patron saint of my alma mater - La Consolacion College Caloocan City.

I remember singing this song every August 28th in honor of St. Augustine.



With joy and thanksgiving
Now let our voices ring
In song of happiness
In praise of God's goodness
For to us God has given
A saint, a father, a friend
A gift of love from heaven
The great St. Augustine

You are our guide
Thanks for your life of love
Smile on us St. Augustine
Listen as we pray and sing

Repeat Refrain

Our inspiration too
Your wish we'd like to do
Smile on us St. Augustine
Help us to be true like you.

Repeat Refrain

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us. Amen.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Last June 27th is the Feast day of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, so we went to her shrine in Baclaran, Paranaque to hear mass. Unfortunately were late and too bad the 6pm mass was the last mass for that day. So we just prayed in the church and watched the procession, This is my first to see the procession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help from her shrine, here are some of the pics that was taken inside the church and during the procession:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Viva Santo Nino!

We took this photo of the Santo Nino de Tondo at the 'pahalik' (it means we have to go up a long and winding staircase at the back of the church so we can touch and pray to the Infant Jesus at the back of the main altar.)

* This photo was taken on the eve of the Feast day of the Santo Nino

This is the main altar of Santo Nino de Tondo Parish

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Eve of the Feast of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)

Yesterday we went to the Basilica of the Black Nazarene because thousands of people will be flocking there today to pay homage to the 'Senor Nazareno'

Here are some of the pics that we took yesterday:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God

On New Year's Day, the octave day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God. The divine and virginal motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a singular salvific event: for Our Lady it was the foretaste and cause of her extraordinary glory; for us it is a source of grace and salvation because "through her we have received the Author of life."

A happy, peaceful and prosperous new year to all!

A New Year With The Lord

A New Year With The Lord

A new year is about to unfold
With new opportunities to explore
Doors will open for new experiences
New adventures with the Lord

Remember not the former things
The things of this past year
The Lord will do new things in us
Much more than we are aware

For He will make a way for us
As we put our trust in Him
And He will guide our every step
By His presence we have within

What God has placed within our hearts

We find we’ll be able to do
If we look for the opportunities
We’ll see the door to go through

We mustn’t let anything hold us back
But rise up and take our place
And be all that God wants us to be
With a fresh touch of His grace

© By M.S.Lowndes