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Pope Francis: Ministries of lector and acolyte to be open to women
Vatican News 11 January 2021
Pope Francis changes the Code of Canon Law to institutionalize what is already allowed in practice: the access of lay women to the service of the Word and the Altar. The Pope explains his decision in a letter to Cardinal Ladaria.

Pope Francis changes church law, formally allows female altar servers
Jan 11, 2021 Reuters
Pope Francis, in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday, January 11, changed its law to formally allow them to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion.

The Video: Pope officially allows women to take on roles of "lay ministries" such as acolytes
Jan 11, 2021 ROME REPORTS in English

What is an encyclical in the Catholic Church?

An encyclical is an official document sent by the pope to all the bishops of the world, focused on a particular Catholic doctrine.


The highest liturgical rank of a feast in the ecclesiastical calendar. Besides the movable feasts such as Easter and Pentecost, fourteen solemnities are celebrated in the universal Church, namely: Motherhood of God (January 1), Epiphany (January 6), St. Joseph (March 19), Annunciation (March 25), Trinity Sunday (first after Pentecost), Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday), Sacred Heart (Friday after the second Sunday after Pentecost), St. John the Baptist (June 24), Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29), Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (August 15), All Saints (November 1), Christ the King (Last Sunday of the ecclesiastical year), Immaculate Conception (December 8), and Christmas (December 25). (Etym. Latin sollemnis, stated, established, appointed.)

Proper solemnities
There are also solemnities not inscribed in the General Roman Calendar, which are observed in particular places, regions, churches or religious institutes. The optional memorial of Saint Patrick on 17 March is a solemnity in Ireland, the memorial of Saint Josemaría Escrivá on 26 June is a solemnity within the prelature of Opus Dei, and the optional memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 16 July is a solemnity for the Carmelites.

The Indwelling of the Trinity
Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

What animates Christian Contemplation is the most beautiful and intimate mystery of the universe — the Glory out of which all things visible and invisible have issued forth.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. 'triad', from Latin: trinus "threefold") holds that God is one God, but three coeternal and consubstantial persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit

Pope at Audience: Prayer opens us to the Trinity
Christopher Wells 03 March 2021
At Wednesday’s Audience, Pope Francis says we have access to the Trinity through prayer, thanks to Jesus.

Trinity Sunday
is the first Sunday after Pentecost and celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.

The Video: June 6, 2021 Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Vatican News - English
Mass presided over by Pope Francis

Roman Catholics mark Solemnity of Corpus Christi today
June 6, 2021 Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church commemorates Sunday, June 6, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in remembrance of the institution by Jesus Christ of the Holy Eucharist to His apostles during the Last Supper.


Apostolic Letter
Patris Corde of the Holy Father Francis
on the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church

The Video: The Pope explains new letter about St. Joseph
Dec 9, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English


Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”
Vatican News 08 December 2020
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.

The Video: Pope declares Year of St. Joseph “to implore his intercession and imitate his virtues”
Dec 10, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English

33-day spiritual preparations for national consecration to St. Joseph begin
April 5, 2021 Christina Hermoso
The 33-day spiritual preparations for the National Day of Consecration to St. Joseph had begun and will feature daily reflections to deepen the faithful’s understanding and faith to St. Joseph.
Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas said the 33-day spiritual preparation for the National Day of Consecration to St. Joseph aims “to highlight the example of St. Joseph as a model husband to Mary and as a father to Jesus.”

Papal Nuncio to celebrate first Pope's Day Mass in PH on June 29
June 28, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino

Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown will preside over his first Pope’s Day Mass in the country on Tuesday, May 29.
The Archdiocese of Manila said the Church celebrates Pope’s Day in honor of the Supreme Pontiff’s many contributions to the enrichment of Catholic faith.

Feast of Saints Peter, Paul observed as Pope’s Day on June 29
June 28, 2021, Christina Hermoso
Four feast masses will be celebrated Tuesday, June 29, at the Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Poblacion, Makati City, in solemn observance of the joint feast day of the pillars of the Catholic Church – Saints Peter and Paul, traditionally celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church as Pope’s Day

Pope Francis reflects on Holy Family at Sunday Angelus
Vatican News 27 December 2020
During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis announces a year to study more deeply the content of the Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia” during his reflection on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
We too, said Pope Francis, “are called to rediscover the educational value of the family unit.” Families, he said, must be founded "on the love that always regenerates relationships, opening up horizons of hope.”
Pope Francis invited everyone “to take part in the initiatives that will be promoted during the year, and that will be coordinated by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life.”

The Videos: Pope's messages about the family for year of Amoris Laetitia
Dec 28, 2020 and Jan 3, 2021 ROME REPORTS in English

A special year to bear witness to family love
Adriana Masotti 27 December 2020
The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is proposing spiritual, pastoral and cultural initiatives to accompany families in the face of contemporary challenges. The project is intended to support parishes, dioceses, universities and ecclesial associations in celebrating the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family,” which has been announced by Pope Francis.


Fratelli tutti,” the new encyclical by which Pope Francis wants to heal the world
Oct 3, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English



October 3 2020 Holy Mass and signing of the Encyclical Pope Francis - 2 Videos
Oct 3, 2020
From the Sacro Convento (Franciscan Friary) in Assisi, Celebration of Holy Mass presided over by Pope Francis, and the signing of the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" on Saint Francis's tomb

Pope signs new Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" on St Francis's tomb in Assisi
Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp 03 October 2020
On the anniversary of St Francis of Assisi's death, Pope Francis celebrates Mass before the Saint's tomb and signs his Encyclical "Fratelli tutti".
Pope Francis went on Saturday to Assisi for the fifth time during his pontificate. There he signed his new Encyclical Fratelli tutti, before the tomb of St Francis of Assisi, after celebrating Holy Mass.

4 October 2020 Conference on the Encyclical Letter “Fratelli tutti”
Oct 4, 2020 Vatican News - English
From the New Synod Hall in the Vatican, Conference on the Encyclical Letter "Fratelli tutti" by Pope Francis on fraternity and social friendship
5 keys to understand “Fratelli Tutti,” Pope Francis' new encyclical
Oct 4, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English
He asks for recognition of the dignity of each person, in order to build a more just world.
In his third encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti,” meaning “Brothers all,” the pope compiles and categorizes the main proposals of the social discourses of his pontificate, in Rome and during his trips.

Cardinal Tagle reflects on "Fratelli tutti" in Caritas webinar
Vatican News 12 November 2020
Speaking during a Caritas Internationalis webinar, Cardinal Tagle, President of the confederation, invited all the faithful to read the Holy Father's new encyclical in order to learn to love concretely, universally and without bias.

Cardinal Bo: “Fratelli tutti” talks to Asia at crucial crossroads
Robin Gomes 14 October 2020
The president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) writes to his fellow bishops on the relevance of Pope Francis’ encyclical, "Fratelli tutti", in the current Asian context and looking to the future.

Pope introduces his new Encyclical after Angelus
Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp 04 October 2020
Pope Francis himself introduces his new Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" after the recitation of the Angelus, and announces he is giving it as a gift to those present in the square.

Highlights from presentation of “Fratelli tutti”
Compiled by Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp 04 October 2020
Various people from different cultural backgrounds presented Pope Francis’s new Encyclical “Fratelli tutti” in the Vatican’s new Synod Hall on Sunday.

“Fratelli tutti”: Long summary of Pope Francis's Social Encyclical
Isabella Piro 04 October 2020
Fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference.

“Fratelli tutti”: Short summary of Pope Francis's Social Encyclical
Isabella Piro 04 October 2020

Looking at others as brothers and sisters to save ourselves and the world
Andrea Tornielli 04 October 2020
The message of Pope Francis’s new social encyclical: no one is saved alone. It proposes a fraternal society so that society is not overrun by war, hatred, violence, indifference and new walls.

What Francis might mean by ‘Fratelli Tutti’
Carmen M. Nanko-Fernández, 3 October 2020
If you want to understand Pope Francis, it helps to know tango, soccer lingo, and colloquial Argentinian Spanish. Making sense of Francis, I propose, also requires an ability to think in hyperlinks.
In other words, what he says opens paths to multiple references that further enrich and expand possibilities for interpretation. Francis plays with language and space.
This is clear from the fact that his first trip outside of Rome was to Lampedusa, and most recently, in the title of his forthcoming encyclical, Fratelli tutti, to be signed in Assisi at the tomb of St. Francis.

Before release of encyclical 'Fratelli tutti', pope draws a sketch of post-COVID world
Francis has used his Wednesday general audience the past several weeks to offer his vision of creating a better world after the pandemic
Loup Besmond de Senneville Vatican City September 30, 2020
Pope Francis these past two months has been trying to answer a thorny question that all of humanity must grapple with as it seeks to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic: how do we build a better, post-COVID world?

An encyclical for all brothers and sisters
Andrea Tornielli 16 September 2020
While waiting to know the contents of the document, there has been some discussion about the title and how to translate it inclusively. An encyclical, though, is per se a universal text, and Pope Francis truly wants to speak to the heart of each and every person. The Holy See Press Office announces that the text will be published on 4 October.

Whatever it is, title of new papal encyclical not ‘anti-feminist’
Elise Ann Allen Sep 9, 2020
Fratelli Tutti has been literally translated from the Italian into “All Brothers” in English, with some arguing that the phrase is exclusive of women. However, one person who has worked on translating Vatican and papal documents has said the choice of the title has little to do with sensitivities but is the result of standard Vatican protocol.

Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer
April 5, 2021 Christina Hermoso
Roman Catholics honor today, April 5, the life and works of Saint Vincent Ferrer, who is regarded as the greatest Dominican preacher.
The Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer, a Pontifical religious institution, as well as several parishes and seminaries in many parts of the world including the Philippines, will hold commemorative masses in honor of the well-loved Spanish priest.
In the country, holy masses in his honor will be offered in Tanauan, Leyte; Bool District, Tagbilaran City; Jamindan and Casanayan, Capiz; Leganes, Iloilo City; and in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental.

Bayambang's St Vincent Ferrer statue

Archdiocese of Manila scraps fees for baptisms, Mass intentions
Mar 25, 2021 Paterno R. Esmaquel II

'Let this be one of the legacies of our quincentennial celebration for the arrival of the Christian faith in our country,' says the activist Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila
The Archdiocese of Manila took a bold move on Thursday, March 25, and abolished fixed rates for baptisms, confirmations, and Mass intentions, giving teeth to one of the long-envisioned reforms in the Philippine Catholic Church.

Ut unum sint (Latin: 'That they may be one')
is an encyclical by Pope John Paul II of 25 May 1995.

Ut Unum Sint was the first encyclical ever devoted exclusively to the ecumenical imperative. In this groundbreaking exercise of the papal magisterium, Pope John Paul affirmed that the ecumenical commitment made at Vatican II was irreversible. He taught his fellow Catholics that the quest for Christian unity ought to be sustained both internationally and in the local churches

Pope renews ecumenical commitment on anniversary of Ut unum sint
Christopher Wells 25 May 2020
In a letter marking the 25th anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s landmark encyclical “Ut unum sint”, Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to ecumenism

A prophetic encyclical: 25 years of Ut unum sint
Sergio Centofanti 25 May 2020
A passionate appeal to all Christians to respond to Jesus’ prayer for the unity of His disciples: Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical helps us to see the reality of today’s Christian communities with a renewed ecumenical commitment

Theology of Pope Francis
is a description of his pronouncements and statements on Christian beliefs and practices. The focus here is on salient features, what he emphasized during his pontificate, as distinct from his time as Jesuit provincial or as archbishop in Argentina. He is the first member of the Society of Jesus to be appointed Pope of the Catholic Church.

Vatican releases series on the theology of Pope Francis
12 March 2018 - with Video
A series of books, entitled “Theology of Pope Francis”, has been released by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV). Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, the Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication, who presented the series, speaks about it.

The Video: Who has most inspired Pope Francis' philosophy?
Aug 15, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English

Lectio Divina
In Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, or Anglicanism Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's word. In the view of one commentator, it does not treat scripture as texts to be studied, but as the living word.
Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God

The Video: Pope Francis explains the practice of “Lectio Divina”

Cardinal Tagle: Pope Francis reveals "his passion for mission"
27 May 2020

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, grants an interview to Vatican News' Alessandro Gisotti to explore key elements of Pope Francis' recent message to the Pontifical Mission Societies.

New Directory for Catechesis is “a joyful event in the life of the Church"
Vatican News 25 June 2020
The Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization presents the new Directory for Catechesis during a press conference held in the Vatican on Thursday.

New Directory for Catechesis released
Vatican News 25 June 2020
The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization releases a new Directory for Catechesis, providing guidelines for the Church’s mission of proclaiming the Gospel through catechesis and evangelization.

Pope Francis: ‘death penalty inadmissable’
After an audience with Pope Francis earlier this year, and following his approval, the Vatican’s CDF says it has made changes to the CCC on the death penalty according to which capital punishment is inadmissible.
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Letter to the Bishops regarding the new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty


Death penalty 'inadmissible' in Catholic teaching update
Agence France-Presse August 02, 2018

The update to the Catechism text also says the Church will 'work with determination' for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide

House OKs death penalty

Bishop calls for setting up of Confradias de San Roque in every diocese
August 18, 2020 Christina Hermoso

Diocese of Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has called on archdioceses and dioceses around the country to set up a “Cofradias de San Roque,” a group of faithful devotees of the popular saint, who is venerated as the patron saint against the plague.


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Youcat for Kids gives easy explanations for questions about faith
Feb 21, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English


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Catholic Church needs to help ‘deepen’ PH democracy
Feb 28, 2021 Jezreel Ines
After defending democracy in EDSA exactly 35 years ago, the Catholic Church now needs to help deepen the Philippines’ gains from the People Power Revolution of 1986, an expert said.
“Defending is just a first step. Deepening is a different story, and that is the challenge to our church these days,” said Arjan Aguirre, political science professor from Ateneo de Manila University, in an online forum titled "Usap-Usapang Kalayaan: Conversations on Freedom” on Wednesday, February 24.

Prelate laments prohibition on religious gatherings under GCQ
March 22, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
Caloocan Bishop Pablo David lamented the decision of the government to prohibit religious gatherings in Metro Manila and other areas especially during Holy Week.

Bishop David hits gov't: You lock down churches but allow gyms, spas?
Mar 22, 2021 Robbin M. Dagle
'May God have mercy on your souls!' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after the government banned religious gatherings in NCR Plus during Holy Week

HOAX: ‘Pope Francis called Duterte a blessing, a good leader’
June 27, 2018
The video in the blog post is an April 2 CNN Philippines newscast that reported on Duterte and Pope Francis’ separate Easter Sunday messages. The Pope does not mention Duterte at all

Duterte: Skip priests, go straight to God
Pia Ranada February 08, 2017
The President continues his word war against Catholic church leaders. While he mistrusts priests, he says he has a 'deep and abiding faith in God.'

Palace to Church: Don't be 'adversarial' when criticizing Duterte
Pia Ranada January 26, 2017
'While the government is open to criticism, it would appreciate if it were not adversarial and coming from a moral high horse,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

Duterte to Catholic church: You're full of shit
Pia Ranada January 24, 2017 - with video
'Pareho pala baho natin,' says President Duterte about Catholic Church bishops whom he accuses of sexual escapades and corruption

Should the Catholic Church shut up?
Jayeel Serrano Cornelio January 24, 2017
The Catholic Church is now under attack. President Duterte, Mocha Uson, and their many allies have rallied together to shame religious leaders.
The President questioned the clergy's moral ascendancy in the midst of corruption and sexual abuse. In her viral column, Mocha Uson suggested that the CBCP is the anti-Christ.

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Join the Mass for the Philippines led by Pope Francis at 5 pm (Manila time) on Sunday, March 14
The Mass is held right at Saint Peter’s Basilica.
No less than Pope Francis, fondly called “Lolo Kiko” by Filipinos, is leading a Mass in Vatican City to celebrate the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines. The Holy Father will be joined by Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the pope’s vicar of Rome, in the Eucharistic celebration.

Papal Mass booklet for 500 years of Christianity in the PH released by Vatican
March 13, 2021 Analou De Vera
A Mass booklet was released by the Vatican to mark the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines and will be used for the Papal Mass on Sunday, March 14.
“Published by the Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, the booklet contains texts and songs in Italian, English, Filipino, Cebuano and Latin

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Why Do Bishops Wear Purple and Cardinals Red and the Holy Father White?

FAST FACTS: What Pope Francis wears
Reynaldo Santos Jr. Jan 14, 2015 - Pope Francis is often described as very simple with his choice of vestments

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Metropolitan Archdiocese
In the Latin Church, an ecclesiastical province, composed of several neighbouring dioceses, is headed by a metropolitan, the archbishop of the diocese designated by the Pope. The other bishops are known as suffragan bishops.
The metropolitan is obliged to request the pallium, a symbol of the power that, in communion with the Church of Rome, he possesses over his ecclesiastical province.

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HolyFamilyFdL Apr 11, 2017
Fr. John Mitchell of Holy Family Catholic Community in Fond du Lac discusses the meaning behind the various vestment colours.

The vesting of the Bishop for the Pontifical Mass
Direto da Sacristia Oct 29, 2018

Vesting of a Catholic Priest
Luna Feb 14, 2016

2017.06.29 Holy Mass with the imposition of the Pallium
Pope Francis presides over the Holy Mass with the imposition of the Pallium on the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

2018-06-29 Holy Mass with Blessing of Pallia
St. Peter's Square - Holy Mass with Blessing of Pallia for new Metropolitan Archbishops, presided over by Pope Francis, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles


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The papal tiara
a crown that was worn by popes of the Catholic Church from as early as the 8th century to the mid-20th. It was last used by Pope Paul VI in 1963 and only at the beginning of his reign.
From 1143 to 1963, the papal tiara was solemnly placed on the pope's head during a papal coronation. The surviving papal tiaras are all in the triple form, the oldest being of 1572.
A representation of the triregnum combined with two crossed keys of Saint Peter continues to be used as a symbol of the papacy and appears on papal documents, buildings and insignia.

List of papal tiaras in existence

The day the pope gave up his papal tiara to feed the poor
Zelda Caldwell Aug 19, 2018 - with Slideshow
In 1964 Pope Paul VI abandoned the tradition of wearing an ornate, bejeweled crown.

These Videos: The Papal Tiara and The Papal Tiara: Its History & Disuse

The Use of the Pallium

“The symbolism of the pallium is even more concrete: the lamb's wool is meant to represent the lost, sick or weak sheep which the shepherd places on his shoulders and carries to the waters of life.”

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Vatican News 29 June 2019

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How Do Cardinals Choose Which Hat to Wear?
Forrest Wickman March 12, 2013

One-hundred-fifteen Roman Catholic cardinals locked themselves up in the Vatican today to select the church’s next pope. In pictures of the cardinals, they were shown wearing a variety of unusual hats. How do cardinals choose their hats?

The Mitre
or miter is a type of headgear now known as the traditional, ceremonial headdress of bishops and certain abbots in traditional Christianity. Mitres are worn in the Catholic Church.
In its modern form in Western Christianity, the mitre is a tall folding cap, consisting of two similar parts (the front and back) rising to a peak and sewn together at the sides. Two short lappets always hang down from the back.
In the Catholic Church, ecclesial law gives the right to use the mitre and other pontifical insigna (crosier, pectoral cross, and ring) to bishops, abbots, and cardinals and those canonically equivalent to diocesan bishops who do not receive episcopal ordination.
A square cap with three ridges or peaks on its upper surface, worn by clerics of all grades from cardinals downwards.

The biretta may be used by all ranks of the Latin clergy cardinals and other bishops to priests, deacons, and even seminarians (who are not clergy, since they are not ordained). Those worn by cardinals are scarlet red and made of silk. After the Second Vatican Council the ceremony of giving the galero to cardinals was replaced with giving the biretta. The biretta of a bishop is amaranth in color, while those worn by priests, deacons, and seminarians are black.
The pope does not make use of the biretta.

The zucchetto
meaning "small gourd", from zucca, "pumpkin" is a small, hemispherical, form-fitting ecclesiastical skullcap worn by clerics of various Catholic churches, the Syriac Orthodox Church, and by the higher clergy in Anglicanism. It is also known by the names pilus, pilos, pileus, pileolus (pileolo), subbiretum, submitrale, soli deo (solideo), berrettino, calotte (calotta)
Clerical clothing
is non-liturgical clothing worn exclusively by clergy. It is distinct from vestments in that it is not reserved specifically for services. Practices vary: is sometimes worn under vestments, and sometimes as the everyday clothing or street wear of a priest or other clergy member. In some cases, it can be similar or identical to the habit of a monk or nun.
In modern times, many Christian clergy have adopted the use of a shirt with a clerical collar.

Dress of Roman Catholic Clergy
This article describes the forms of dress of the secular clergy of the Roman Catholic Church according to current ecclesiastical law and custom.

Footwear and its place in the Catholic church

The footwear of the Pope and the Clergy

Episcopal sandals

Papal shoes

Papal slippers


A crucifix (from Latin cruci fixus meaning "(one) fixed to a cross") is an image of Jesus on the cross, as distinct from a bare cross.
The crucifix is a principal symbol for many groups of Christians, and one of the most common forms of the Crucifixion in the arts. It is especially important in the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church.

Why Catholics have crucifix rather than cross
A question often posed by non-Catholics is, “Why do Catholics have a crucifix in your churches?” This is a very good question to ask! As Catholics, the crucifix plays a special role in the liturgical tradition of the Church.

A crucifix is commonly regarded as a depiction of the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion. As such, a representation of Jesus is placed upon a cross of similar proportions to those used by Romans during crucifixions. It can be represented in painting, sculpture, metalwork, and other material art forms.

The cross

found in many cultures and religions of the world, is an ancient human symbol that has become closely connected with the religion of Christianity, where it is associated with the crucifixion of Jesus.

The Sign of the Cross
August 14, 2018 Paul Inwood
Have you noticed how liturgical autopilot is creeping in? I’m talking about making the sign of the cross at the beginning of everything Catholic, no matter what it is. We all do it as a kind of Pavlovian manoeuvre, and in so doing we may be running the risk of starting to take this important symbol of being Christian for granted.

From Left to Right or from Right to Left? The Sign of the Cross
September 13, 2017 Liborius Lumma
Roman Catholics make the sign of the cross in the following order: The right hand moves from top (forehead) to bottom (chest) and then from left (left shoulder) to right (right shoulder). Most Eastern Christians do it in a different order: From top to bottom and then from right to left.

A pectoral cross

or pectorale (from the Latin pectoralis, "of the chest") is a cross that is worn on the chest, usually suspended from the neck by a cord or chain.

In the Catholic Church, the wearing of a pectoral cross remains restricted to popes, cardinals, bishops and abbots.

The modern pectoral cross is relatively large, and is different from the small crosses worn on necklaces by many Christians.
Most pectoral crosses are made of precious metals (platinum, gold or silver) and some contain precious or semi-precious gems. Some contain a corpus like a crucifix while others use stylized designs and religious symbols.

Liturgy - Definitions - Etc.

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THE ORDER OF MASS - Mass book - etc.

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The Holy Rosary - Prayers - Etc.

Sacraments - etc.


Baptism (Binyag), First Communion & Confirmation

Prayers - Etc. in Filipino Sign Languages - FSL

Filipino Holidays - Culture, Rituals & Traditions

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Christ the King Sunday

On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King
commonly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King or Christ the King Sunday, is a relatively recent addition to the Western liturgical calendar, having been instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church

A King with a heart
Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD November 22, 2020
Today is the Solemnity of Christ, the King of the Universe. In today’s Gospel (Mt. 25, 31-46), we hear of the final judgment wherein the Lord will separate those who will or will not enter His kingdom, based on what they did, or did not do to others. The bottom line is our compliance to our King’s commandment that we love one another.

Christ the King feast marked; Catholics end liturgical year
November 21, 2020 Christina Hermoso
As Roman Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Christ the King tomorrow, November 22, a Church leader highlighted the kind of king that Jesus is – a king who serves.


CBCP releases pastoral letter, asks for prayers against threats to freedom of expression
Jul 20, 2020 ABS-CBN News
The Catholic Church will cease to exist if it keeps silent on wrongs being committed, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said Monday as the President's lawyer accused it of violating the Constitutional provision on the separation of the Church and State. Look also this article
PH Bishops: Church leaders not barred from expressing political opinions
Jul 20, 2020 ANC 24/7
Philippine Bishops insist the doctrine of separation of Church and State does not bar Church leaders from expressing political opinions -
that's after President Duterte's Chief Legal Counsel, Salvador Panelo criticized their Pastoral letter.
Senators defend right of church leaders to voice opinions on current issues
Jul 21, 2020 ANC 24/7
Several Philippine senators joined religious groups in defending the right of church officials to speak out on issues hounding the country.
This comes after the presidential chief legal counsel accused Catholic bishops of violating the constitutionally mandated separation of Church and State when they condemned some of the administration's recent moves

Church-State separation doctrine not breached by CBCP pastoral letter vs. anti-terror law, says Roque
July 20, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque believes that the most recent pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) does not violate the doctrine of the Separation of Church and State.

Holy Week in the Vatican with the Pope
Vatican News 25 March 2019

The Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff releases details of Holy Week 2019 ceremonies presided over by Pope Francis.
Holy Week this year begins on April 14th, Palm Sunday and the Passion of the Lord. It is also the 34th World Youth Day, which this year is celebrated at the diocesan level on the theme: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord: may it be done to me according to your word".


St. John Paul II’s relic gives message of hope, humanity to PH
Apr 7, 2017
Twelve years have passed since his death, but the presence and influence of Saint John Paul II in the hearts of the Filipino faithful is still very much alive today. Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO, with YUJI VINCENT GONZALES

Definition of Liturgy, leitourgia

Roman Catholic Mass, liturgy

What is a homily?

A homily is a commentary that follows a reading of scripture. In Catholic Churches, a homily is usually given during Mass

is an oration or lecture by a preacher (who is usually a member of clergy). Sermons address a scriptural, theological, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law, or behavior within both past and present contexts. Elements of the sermon often include exposition, exhortation, and practical application. The act of delivering a sermon is called preaching.
Roman Catholic devotions

are "external practices of piety" which are not part of the official liturgy of the Catholic Church but are part of the popular spiritual practices of Catholics. Catholic devotions do not become part of liturgical worship, even if they are performed within a Catholic church, in a group, in the presence of a priest.

Bibles and New Testament - also in different languages of the Philippines - etc.

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FALSE: Pope Francis says bible is a 'dangerous' book
January 07, 2020

Pope Francis is quoted out of context. While he indeed said that the bible is a dangerous book, he was referring to Christians in some countries being persecuted because of owning one.

FALSE: 'Photo' of Pope Francis staring at a woman's chest
January 07, 2020
Pope Francis' picture is stitched with a photo of an Argentine model who has been shown in past manipulated photos with the Pope

The Two Swords of the Church
These two types of authority by the Church are symbolically represented by the two swords of the Gospel: “So they said, ‘Lord, behold, there are two swords here.’ But he said to them, ‘It is sufficient.’ ” Lk 22:38. The Church has the authority to teach doctrine, on matters of faith, morals, and salvation. But the Church also has temporal authority, so that She can make practical decisions, discipline needed to function as a Church within the world, as a Church whose members on earth are sinners.

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The Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate, ECBA

a pastoral commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) whose area of competence and service is the biblical-pastoral ministry in its five-fold ministries of:

Animating Biblical-Pastoral Formation, ABPF,
Organizing Bible Celebration, OBC,
Promoting Bible Translation, PBT,
Assisting Bible Production, ABP,
Coordinating Bible Distribution, CBD

First Bible in the Philippines now on display

Binuksan na sa publiko ang Bible Exhibit. Tampok dito ang iba-ibang klase ng Bibliya, kabilang na ang pinaka-unang bersyon nito sa Pilipinas. Inilunsad ito para sa pagdiriwang ng National Bible Week. Philippines, latest videos, bandila, Karen Davila, national bible week, bible, exhibit, first version, old version.

Jan 24, 2014

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Dilaab Foundation Inc., DFI/Dilaab

Cebuano Bible now available to public

A CEBUANO translation of four gospels of the Holy Bible is now available to the public.

The popular edition can be bought for P150 at the Dilaab Foundation Office in the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos in Mabolo, Cebu City.

Christian Community Bible

to Download - also link to on-line versions

Philippine Bible Society


Audio Bibles for the People of Philippines

Many, many local languages e.g. Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) etc.

Filipino Bibles

Bibles in Your Language can help you find online, audio and print Bibles in the languages of the Philippines, including:

Cebuano Bibles
Pampango Pangasinan
Tagalog Bibles
Waray-Waray (aka Samarenyo)

Go Bible

Go Bible is a Free Bible viewer application for Java mobile phones
Download Bibles in different languages e.g. Bibles in Tagalog and Cebuano

THE ORDER OF MASS, Mass book - Masses - etc.

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Sacraments - Catechism - Blessings - Prayers - Prayer Book - Missal

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The Tridentine Mass
also known as the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), is the Roman Rite Mass of the Catholic Church
"Tridentine" is derived from the Latin Tridentinus, "related to the city of Tridentum" (modern-day Trent, Italy), where the Council of Trent was held at the height of the Counter-Reformation. In response to a decision of that council, Pope Pius V promulgated the 1570 Roman Missal, making it mandatory throughout the Latin Church, except in places and religious orders with missals from before 1370. Although the Tridentine Mass is often described as the Latin Mass, the post-Vatican II Mass published by Pope Paul VI and republished by Pope John Paul II, which replaced it as the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, has its official text in Latin and is sometimes celebrated in that language

The 1962 Roman Missal

New norms regarding use of 1962 Roman Missal: Bishops given greater responsibility
Vatican News 16 July 202
Pope Francis publishes a motu proprio on Friday to redefine the use of the pre-Vatican missal granting the decision to allow its use the local bishops. Groups attending the pre-Vatican liturgy must not deny the validity of the liturgical reform dictated by the Second Vatican Council and the magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs.

The Video in the album Tridentine Mass: Tridentine Mass can only be celebrated with the bishop's permission, says the Pope
Jul 16, 2021 ROME REPORTS in English
Pope Benedict XVI had authorized the Tridentine rite to strengthen ties with traditional Catholics, but that was not the outcome.

My Discovery of the Traditional Latin Mass during Lockdown
Nicholas Orr March 10, 2021
Why the Traditional Latin Mass is important to me and it should be for you

Pre-Tridentine Mass
refers to the variants of the liturgical rite of Mass in Rome before 1570, when, with his bull Quo primum, Pope Pius V made the Roman Missal

Mass Guide in Bicol Dialect

Luz Tria, Sagnay, Camarines Sur

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This contains the new English translation of the third edition of The Roman Missal, in use as of 11/27/11.

The Basic Structure of the Mass has four parts: two main parts and two framing rites:
Introductory Rites
LITURGY of the WORD (Biblical Readings, Homily, Creed, Intercessions)
LITURGY of the EUCHARIST (Preparation, Eucharistic Prayer, Communion Rite)
Concluding Rites

New English Translation, Roman Missal, 3rd Edition

The New Mass

Order of a Catholic wedding Mass

Look the Order as pdf HERE

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The Eight Beatitudes
The solemn blessings (beatitudines, benedictiones) which mark the opening of the Sermon on the Mount, the very first of Our Lord's sermons in the Gospel of St. Matthew (5:3-10).
The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4)
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)

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The Third Beatitude
December 11th, 1873
C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

The Video: Pope Francis explains the meek in the third beatitude
Feb 19, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English

Catechism - Blessings - Prayers - Prayer Book - Missal - Masses - Ceremonies etc.

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THE ORDER OF MASS, Mass book - etc.

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Prayer for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Robin Gomes 23 July 2021
The Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life on Friday released the video-prayer for the Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be observed worldwide on Sunday, July 25. Download the Prayer

Pope dedicates world day to ‘forgotten’ grandparents
Agence France-Presse January 31, 2021
Pope Francis on Sunday announced a Catholic Church-wide celebration of grandparents and the elderly, to be marked each year in July.
“Grandparents are often forgotten,” the 84-year-old said as he led the weekly Angelus prayer from the Apostolic Palace, adding that “old age is a gift”.

Philippine Bishops hold prayer campaign to heal the nation
Robin Gomes 13 August 2020

The Catholic Bishops of the Philippines are calling for a massive, nationwide prayer campaign for the healing of the country and the end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cardinal Tagle opens Holy Door, hits 'merciless' corruption
Paterno Esmaquel II December 09, 2015

'Without mercy, no church, no society, will ever be built up,' Cardinal Tagle says as he opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Wednesday, December 9, opened the Holy Door of the Manila Cathedral as the Catholic Church begins its Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Video can also be looked HERE

Remark this is an album in the album The Life in the Church, Liturgy, Prayers etc., Blessings, Etc.

Extraordinary Jubilee & The Global Holy Year Of Mercy

Look more about The Holy Door HERE, HERE and HERE

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ) is the Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the reality of the body and blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God in the Eucharist known as transubstantiation.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017
Where the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is not observed as a holy day, it is assigned to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which is then considered its proper day in the calendar

the Videos:
2017.06.18 Mass on the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass on the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi, which is followed by the Procession to St. Mary Major and the Eucharistic Blessing.


(also spelled Candlemass), also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Christian Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
Many Christians (especially Roman Catholics Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans, and Orthodox) also bring their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year; for Christians, these blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to himself as the Light of the World.

The Virgin of Candelaria or Our Lady of Candelaria
In the Philippines, she is the patroness of Western Visayas region enshrined in Jaro Cathedral or the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles under the Archdiocese of Jaro (with feast day every 2 February), and Barangay Tatala in Binangonan, Rizal, which celebrates her feast on the First Saturday of February. In Silang, Cavite, her feast is observed locally as a triduum from February 1 to 3, with February 2 kept as the actual feast day.

The Symbolism of Candlemas
February 2, 2017 Gretchen Filz

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Jaro


A Special Birthday Tribute to the Blessed Mother
Sep 13, 2020 ANC 24/7

On September, 8th, we celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Her birth brought us the dawn of hope, and salvation to the world.
She was born without sin. She was full of grace, and definitely the favored one,
and so very blessed among women.
So she should be the sacred vessel and worthy Mother of the Son of God.

Catechism for Filipino Catholics
New Edition
with expanded Subject Index and Primer

by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

Catechism of the Catholic Church


Sacraments - Catechism of the Catholic Church
an album with "Catechism":
Catechism of the Catholic Church
CBCP Catechesis New English Translation of Roman Missal 3rd Edition. Uploaded on Feb 17, 2012

How and Why Catholics Make the Sign of the Cross

The text of the Sign of the Cross is very short and simple:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Is There a 'Right' Way to Make the Sign of the Cross?
ThoughtCo April 27, 2019

Sign of the cross


Pope Francis - Holy Mass for Consecrated persons 2019-02-02
Feb 2, 2019
From St. Peter's Basilica, Holy Mass for Consecrated persons marking the XXIII World Day for Consecrated Life

an act by which a person or a thing is separated from secular or profane use and dedicated permanently to the sacred by prayers, rites, and ceremonies.
Within the Roman Catholic Church, the act of consecration typically can be applied to a bishop, a fixed altar, an altar stone, a church, and a chalice and paten. The ordinary minister of a consecration is a bishop, while the ordinary minister of a blessing is a priest. At a consecration, holy oils are normally used; at blessings, customarily holy water.

The Roman Missal
RENEWED by Decree of the MOST HOLY Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican,
promulgated by authority of Pope Paul VI
AND Revised at the direction of Pope John Paul II.



The 4 canonical Gospels

St. John - St. Luke - St. Mark - St. Matthew

Tagalog Audio Bible

CATHOLIC PRAYER BOOKS - Mobile applications (App)

Liturgy of the Hours - Divine Office - Canonical hours

Liturgy of the Hours (Latin: Liturgia Horarum) or Divine Office (Latin: Officium Divinum) or canonical hours, often referred to as the Breviary, is the official set of daily prayers prescribed by the Catholic Church to be recited by clergy, religious institutes, and the laity. It consists primarily of Psalms supplemented by hymns, readings and other prayers. Together with the Mass, it constitutes the official public prayer life of the Church.

Discovering Prayer
An Introduction and Tutorial to the Liturgy of the Hours
Seth H. Murray

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The Divine Office

Fr Jeremy Driscoll, OSB explains the Liturgy of the Hours. Composed of Psalms, canticles, antiphons and prayers, the Liturgy of the Hours finds its historical roots in the ancient and venerable prayer of the synagogue.


The Liturgy of the Hours: What it is and how to pray it
Explanation of the Liturgy of the Hours (breviary, divine office...) - Captured Live on Ustream. Jan 4, 2014


How to Pray Liturgy of the Hours: Finding the right page!
daniellover667 wrote 10, 2011: Because Morning and Evening prayer changes every day/week, I made this video to help show you how to find the prayer of the day.


ANGELUS (Orasyon in Tagalog)

The Angelus, latin for angel, is a devotion in memory of the Incarnation

The devotion was traditionally recited in Roman Catholic churches, convents, and monasteries three times daily: 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm, many churches still follow the devotion, and some practice it at home. The Angelus is usually accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell, which is a call to prayer and to spread good-will to everyone on Earth

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Regina Coeli - (tagalog)

or Regina Cœli "Queen of Heaven", is an ancient Latin Marian Hymn of the Catholic Church.
The Regina Coeli is sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through the Saturday after Pentecost.

Musika ni Peter Paul Diño Tabilin Apr 20, 2015

Look more HERE, HERE and The text of the prayer


The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song (complete)
Nov 24, 2012

Look the full description of the video and how to order this video on DVD or CD

Remark this is an album in the album Organs, Music & Choirs - For different occasions etc.

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Anima Christi
From the Collection of Prayers by St. Ignatius of Loyola

is an ancient prayer to Jesus in the tradition of the Catholic Church.

Artists: The Philippine Madrigal Singers
Music by: Jandi Aboleda

The sequence of sentences in Anima Christi have rich associations with Catholic concepts that relate to the Holy Eucharist (Body and Blood of Christ), Baptism (water) and the Passion of Jesus (Holy Wounds).

Look also HERE and the prayer text

Prayer - Filipino style Prayer - Filipino style
Prayer for Lent
February 28, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino

A priest from the Diocese of Tarlac has composed and released a prayer for Lent.
Father Melvin Castro of the Mater Dolorosa Parish in Tarlac posted the prayer “To Mary (Ad Mariam)” in his Facebook page last week.

Manila Archdiocese releases prayer vs death penalty
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila has released a prayer which aims to combat the reimposition of death penalty in the Philippines.

Beginning on Thursday, December 8, priests are encouraged to include the "Prayer Against the Death Penalty" in the Mass either after the post-communion prayer or as part of the Prayer of the Faithful.
The prayer is expected to be said during the entire Christmas season.

Cardinal Tagle releases prayer vs death penalty
Paterno Esmaquel II December 10, 2016
'Help us to work tirelessly against state-sanctioned death,' says the Archdiocese of Manila's prayer against the death penalty.

the Video: Church leaders oppose moves to revive death penalty
Dec 9, 2016

Filipino Debut Blessing
Fr. Wayne Negrete

Need a sample invocation prayer for a debut?

Debut, as in debutante? - Here's a sample of a prayer for the debutante

Wedding Ceremony Traditions

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from Latin: novem, nine is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity, consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days or weeks

How to Pray a Novena


Novena To Our Lady Of Perpetual Help

Fully Guided Novena


3 O'clock Prayer

habit shown on National TV in the Philippines before. All catholics schools in the Philippines stop their lectures for a while to pray the Divine mercy, most all malls do as well.


3 O'clock Prayer

Visayan - Bisaya

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The Lord's Prayer, Cebuano

The prayer that our Lord Jesus taught. In Cebuano with English subtitles


St. John Sahagun - Novena Prayer - Cebuano

Novena of St. John Sahagun Parish Toledo City, Cebu


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A Prayer For Overseas Filipino Workers - OFW

Batangueños offer a Subli prayer dance to calm down restive Taal Volcano
Jan 15, 2020

Subli musician Severino Cruzat talks about the traditional dance that's a form of prayer in times of celebration and desperation. They perform it at the Invencion dela Sta. Cruz in Alitagtag, Batangas, on January 15, hoping God would avert a feared explosive eruption of Taal Volcano.

This is a video in the album Taal Volcano Eruption in the album Taal Volcano and eruption in the album Volcanoes and WARNINGS about erupts in the album Mountains, Volcanoes, Lakes etc.

Latin Prayers

Latin Prayers with English translations

Ave Maria (Hail Mary) - Pater Noster (Our Father)

Cebuano Prayer Book Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Original Cebuano Version)

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (English Translation)

Book of Blessings
The Book of Tobit
is listed as a canonical book by the Council of Rome (382 AD), the Council of Hippo (393 AD), the Council of Carthage (397) and (419 AD), the Council of Florence (1442) and finally the Council of Trent (1546), and is part of the canon of both the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Catholics refer to it as deuterocanonical.
Offertory (Offertorium)

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Funeral Prayers Funeral Prayers

Catholic & etc. religions

Catholic Online

Prayers for nearly all kind of situations, events, traditions

A Teachers Prayer



is a sunset evening prayer service in the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran liturgies of the canonical hours.

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2018-01-25 Pope Francis - Celebration of Vespers
From the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls - Pope Francis presides at the Celebration of the Second Vespers on the Feast of the Conversion of the Apostle Paul

House Blessings and the Removal of Spiritual Dirt

The focus of this article will be on Catholic house blessings that are performed in urban and rural areas of the Philippines.

One may assume that house blessings in the Philippines are merely another Catholic ritual left over from the Spanish Colonization.

the Videos

House Blessing
Filipino style

House Blessing Prayer

App of Blessings - Mobile applications (App) for iPhone

The FREE iPhone App containing all the blessings, organized exactly like they are in the Book of Blessings


A Fragment of the Ilocano Lord's Prayer, 1620, including an Introduction of the 1621 Dotrina Cristiana.
The Holy Rosary - Prayers - Etc.

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May 30 2020 Holy Rosary Pope Francis
May 30, 2020 Vatican News - English

From the Lourdes Grotta in the Vatican Gardens, Recitation of the Rosary led by Pope Francis.

Pope adds three new invocations to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Vatican News 20 June 2020

“Mater misericordiae”, the Latin for “Mother of mercy”; "Mater spei", or “Mother of hope”; and “Solacium migrantium", or “Solace of migrants” are the new invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto, which is often recited at the end of the Rosary.

The Video: Pope Francis' three new additions to Litany of Loreto and what they mean
Jun 25, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English

Rosary Prayers in Different Languages also different languages of the Philippines

Pope Francis invites the faithful to pray the Rosary in October
29 September 2018

Rosarium - Rosary
The Rosary is perhaps the most popular non-liturgical prayer in the Latin Rite. It has appealed to people of all stations in the Church, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, religious or laity.

Rosary key to evangelization, helping families

Mary's Rosaries

Cebuano Rosary Prayers


How to recite the Holy Rosary

How to Recite the Chaplet of Mercy
The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer. Look also HERE

The Divine Mercy


in the album Rosary prayers - Etc.

Origin of the Holy Rosary

Introduced by the Blessed Mother to St. Dominic as "Angelic Psalter". Then Blessed Alan de la Roche called it "The Voice of the People is the Voice of God" which he later changed it to "ROSARY"... which means "Crown of Roses"


Rosary Prayers - How to pray


Digital rosary for learning to pray
Oct 19, 2019 ROME REPORTS in English
The new Rome Reports app is now available for Android and Apple


Many different Rosary prayers in different sub-albums e.g. also in tagalog


Tagalog Rosary (FULL Versions)

Sorrowful Mystery (Ang Misteryo ng Hapis)
Luminous Mystery (Ang Misteryo ng Liwanag)
Joyful Mystery (Ang Misteryo ng Tuwa)
Glorious Mystery (Ang Misteryo ng Luwalhati)

Includes pictures, prayer intention for each mystery, and bible verses for meditation. Also with: Memorare prayer, Immaculate Mother Song, and the Fifteen promises of the Rosary


The 4 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Joyful Mysteries, Sorrowful Mysteries, Luminous Mysteries and Glorious Mysteries...
Please pray the Holy Rosary everyday...


† The Complete Latin Rosary in Gregorian Chant - (Latin Rosarii)
Aug 20, 2015
The Complete Latin Rosary showing most of the worlds country's Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There were so many that not all fit on one rosary... But we all know All these Blessed Virgin Mary is only One Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother.

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary is celebrated on October 7 to honor the Virgin Mary as Queen of the Holy Rosary.
Filipinos have a special spiritual attachment to the Virgin Mary and the Rosary is a way of seeking her intercession. She is known by many names, and her shrine is found in provinces nationwide: Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan, Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Lady of Piat in Cagayan, Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo City, Lady of Mt. Carmel in Lipa City, Ina Poong Bato in Zambales, Lady of Turumba in Laguna, and Lady of Holy Rosary La Naval de Manila.

the articles Our Lady of the Rosary

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

CBCP hits use of rosaries as politicians' freebies
Paterno Esmaquel II July 13, 2015

The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Monday, July 13, criticized the use of sacred objects such as rosaries for "secular motives," as when politicians distribute these as freebies.

Sacraments - General

Look also Baptism (Binyag), First Communion & Confirmation

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Sacraments of the Catholic Church
What is the Holy Eucharist?

The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received.
The Eucharist also known as Holy Communion and the Lord's Supper among other names is a Christian rite that is considered a sacrament in most churches, and as an ordinance in others. According to the New Testament, the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper; giving his disciples bread and wine during a Passover meal, Jesus commanded his disciples to "do this in memory of me" while referring to the bread as "my body" and the cup of wine as "the new covenant in my blood".

Letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist - Full text
The English language translation of Circular letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist
July 08, 2017

The bread used in the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice must be unleavened, purely of wheat, and recently made so that there is no danger of decomposition.

The wine that is used in the most sacred celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice must be natural, from the fruit of the grape, pure and incorrupt, not mixed with other substances.

A tabernacle
is a fixed, locked box in which, in some Christian churches, the Eucharist is "reserved" (stored). A less obvious container for the same purpose, set into a wall, is called an aumbry.
Within Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and in some congregations of Anglicanism and Lutheranism, a tabernacle is a box-like vessel for the exclusive reservation of the consecrated Eucharist. It is normally made of metal, stone or wood, is lockable and secured to its altar or adjacent wall to prevent the consecrated elements within from being removed without authorization.
In the teaching of the Catholic Church, an indulgence (Latin: indulgentia, from indulgeo, 'permit') is "a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins".[1] The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes an indulgence as "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and all of the saints"

The Video: Catholic Indulgences: Definition & History

Pope Francis to grant indulgence to church pilgrims
Philippine Daily Inquirer March 06, 2021
In line with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who make a pilgrimage to at least one of the jubilee churches.

List of Jubilee Churches as PH marks 500 years of Christianity
Mar 6, 2021
Pilgrims who will visit these 'Jubilee Churches' during the celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines will be granted plenary indulgences

Pope grants plenary indulgence for 500th year of Christianity in PH
March 5, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
Pope Francis has issued a decree granting a jubilee year with the inherent plenary indulgence for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.

Pope grants indulgence to visitors of 500 Jubilee Churches in Philippines
Mar 4, 2021 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Pope Francis is granting a plenary indulgence to Filipinos visiting any of 500 Jubilee Churches to mark 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines this 2021, the Vatican announced.

The Seven Sacraments The seven sacraments can be subdivided, with three "Sacraments of Christian Initiation" (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist); two "Sacraments of Healing" (Penance/Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick); and two "Sacraments of Vocation" (Holy Orders/Ordination and Matrimony/Marriage; also referred to as "Sacraments at the Service of Communion")

Look also below and the Video: 2019-03-29 Pope Francis - Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance

The seven sacraments

Presentation and explanation

Look as pdf HERE

Confession - Its Fruitful Practice

Guide for Confession

A Guide for Confession with Video


Pope Francis to priests who hear confession: Don’t ask indiscreet questions
Mar 12, 2021 ROME REPORTS in English

“Let us always remember that each one of us is a sinner who has been forgiven. If any one of us does not feel this way, it’s better that he not hear confessions,” he said.

Pope Francis: Love at the heart of a good confession
Mar 12, 2021 Vatican News
Pope Francis told confessors on Friday that love was at the heart of a good confession.

iConfess - Confession Handbook and Guide
Blueinstinct App Solutions

This app for iOS is now free in order to encourage everyone to go to the Sacrament of Confession regularly.


“During the Lenten season penitential services should be arranged in such a way as to prepare these adults for the celebration of the sacrament of penance”.

“Penitential Rite (Scrutiny)”, which may be used on the Second Sunday of Lent or on a Lenten weekday either during Mass or outside Mass.

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The Sacraments

Confession, The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation was instituted by Christ for the forgiveness of sins, returning us to the state of grace necessary for reception of the Eucharist, the Body of Christ

The Act of Contrition and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp
Many Catholics learn how to say the Act of Contrition in order to make their first Confession. How does this prayer fit into the Sacrament of Reconciliation - or Confession?


The Sacrament of Confirmation

Baptism (Binyag), First Communion & Confirmation

with these sections:

Baptism - Binyag

First Communion


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Baptism (Binyag)

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Preparing for your Baby’s Baptism: 5 Tips to Consider

For Filipino parents, a baptism is just as important as a first birthday party. Prepare way in advance.

Rissa Singson-Kawpeng

Catholic Baptism
Informations e.g. Requirements for Godparents

Baptismal Requirements
Requirements for Parents and Godparents

Catholic Baptism


Philippine Baptism

Priest reminds parents: No superhero costumes on your child’s Christening
February 28, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino

How should parents dress up their children who are to be baptized? Definitely not in superhero costumes.
Parents should garb their children in white and not in costumes, said Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, recalling instances where babies who were to be baptized wore costumes like Superman, Batman, Spiderman or that of a dinosaur.

The baptismal garment is white because this is a sign of our Christian dignity,” he said in his homily during a Mass on Sunday, February 28.

Cardinal Tagle, priests baptize 400 kids from Manila slums
Paterno Esmaquel II January 14, 2017

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle and other priests baptized 400 children from the slums of Manila on Saturday, January 14, as part of a Catholic foundation's programs for the poor.
He also reminded godparents that their duty is not to give gifts, but to help parents in raising their children.
Organizers said they want to dispel the notion that Catholics need to pay for the sacraments – which, they said, keeps the poor away from baptism.

The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation

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The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism: The Door of the Church
The Necessity of Baptism
Baptism of Desire
Baptism of Blood
The Form of the Sacrament of Baptism
The Minister of the Sacrament of Baptism
Infant Baptism
Adult Baptism
The Effects of the Sacrament of Baptism



A Guide to Catholic Baptism

Salvation in Christ and Baptism in Spirit

Salvation in Christ and Baptism in Spirit: A Response to Robert Menzies, "Evidential Tongues: An Essay on Theological Method"

Roli G. dela Cruz

Agreement on Baptism Agreement on Baptism


the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines and the Lutheran Church in the Philippines

Only one ninong, ninang

Baptismal sponsors should be limited to two individuals, according to an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP's Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL), said the Code of Canon Law states that only two individuals, a male and female should be baptismal sponsors."

Superstitions - Baptism Filipino superstitions - Baptism

First Communion

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What is the First Communion?

What is the First Communion?

How to Receive First Communion From a Roman Catholic Church
Importance of first communion dresses

This article will help you learn about the importance on first communion in Filipino families and the how they chose best communion dresses for their little...


First Communion

Magallanes Elementary School First Communion of Grade 3 Pupils for School Year 2008-2009 San Pedro Cathedral


Glory to God in the Highest

A number performed by Grade 3 pupils of Saint Augustine School, Mendez Cavite during their First communion December 8, 2009.


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Confirmation, also known as Chrismation,

is one of the seven sacraments through which Catholics pass in the process of their religious upbringing. According to Catholic doctrine, in this sacrament they receive the Holy Spirit and become adult members of the Catholic Church

The Sacrament of Confirmation

Presentation and explanation

Look as pdf HERE or as Video

Confirmation in the Catholic Church

What is Confirmation in the Catholic Religion?

A short question and answer quide on Confirmation.

Music - Songs - Hymns - Organs - Choirs etc. for many occasions

Songs - Hymns - Etc.

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Tributes to Santo Niño


Organs & Organ music

Filipino songs and lyrics for Holidays Traditions - Culture & Rituals etc. in the family and the church

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Songs - Hymns - Etc.

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List of Roman Catholic Church musicians

Live Christ, Share Christ #500YOC​ Jubilee Song
Apr 2, 2021 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

Live Christ, Share Christ (Choral Version)
Jul 18, 2021 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

Here’s the choral version of “Live Christ, Share Christ,” the official song of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

Download score and voice guides

Philippine Liturgical Music

Manuel P. Maramba, OSB


Tell The World of His Love

and the story behind the song

When Pope John Paul II came to the Philippines for the World Youth Day in 1995, he was welcomed by the Catholic faithful with a song called "Tell The World of His Love."

Jan 5, 2015

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New English Entrance Song for Mass in the Philippines

Sing To The Lord

This new choral composition English Entrance Processional Song for the Mass in the Philippines entitled, "Sing To The Lord" based on Psalm 96 is an original music work of Filipino songwriter Lloyd Luna.

This is not to be sung fast but rather gracefully and moving while the priest and the entourage are on processional march. If you'd like to get the choral arrangement, please send Lloyd Luna a message and he will be happy to give it to you. May 2, 2014

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MAKE A STAND - Archdiocese of Cebu

The official theme song and dance animation of the CBCP Year of the Youth 2011

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The Bukas Palad Music Ministry

Holy Week Music Special
For Holy Week 2017, Bukas Palad serenades us with songs for reflection and of praise

Filipino Mass songs Filipino Mass songs with chord symbols
Catholic Songbook

Liturgical Songs - Praise & Worship Songs - Complete with Lyrics and Chords

HYMNS - Mobile applications (App)

Christian hymns are often written with special or seasonal themes and these are used on holy days such as Christmas, Easter and the Feast of All Saints, or during particular seasons such as Advent and Lent. Others are used to instill reverence to the Holy Bible or to celebrate Christian practices such as the eucharist or baptism. Some hymns praise or address individual saints, particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary; such hymns are particularly prevalent in Catholicism.


Asin Ug Kahayag, Visayan Liturgical Song

A popular and meaningful Cebuano Bisaya Catholic liturgical song.

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Warrior is a Child in Filipino Sign Language

Famous prayer song "Warrior is a Child" sung by Gary Valenciano in Filipino Sign Language by Ervin Reyes of MCCID

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Music for the Catholic liturgy, music for the Christian hea
This website collects the Catholic Mass songs -- especially the weekly Responsorial Psalms -- plus all other reflection songs that I've written through the years. Feel free to use and copy all materials you find here. Glory to God!

Look also HERE

Songs, Choruses, and Hymns for Communion

collected by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Look the article - list of songs HERE

CanticaNOVA Publications - Traditional Music for the Contemporary Church
Top Catholic Songs

Download Songs. Discover Artists. Burn Your OWN CD.

Catholic Funeral Hymns

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Libera Me

Funeral Hymn

This beautiful, solemn hymn is a part of the Requiem Mass prayer service, the Office of the dead.

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Look the text for both versions in Latin and English HERE

Hi-Fi Hymn Book

provides FREE downloads of pipe organ recordings of Christian hymns and service music.

We hope you'll want to be a part of our ecumenical movement to make this music available to missionaries, smaller churches, military personnel in the field or just anyone who loves hymns by becoming a Hi-Fi Hymn Book supporter.

the catholic choirbook

with link to download to choirbook and songs and look video

Catholic Choirbook with notes
Choirbook 1 with notes

Choirbook II with notes

Includes many works especially appropriate for Lenten

Choirbook III Cantate with notes

Catholic Choirbook IV Locus Iste with notes

The Catholic Choirbook V

Gratia Plena

The Catholic Choirbook Anthology 1

An Anthology of Hymns from The Catholic Hymnal

Eucharistic Hymns

Benediction Hymns

Hymns to Mary

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A Beginner's Guide To Singing Gregorian Chant Notation, Rhythm and Solfeggio

Look another version of the same HERE

If you can sing “Joy to the World”

you can learn to read and sing Gregorian Chant.

Written for people who do or do not read music.
Noel Jones, AAGO

Look as pdf HERE

Parish Book of English Hymns - CMAA
A Gregorian Chant
Coloring Book
A Gregorian Chant
Coloring Book
For Children & Adults (teacher)

Look for students HERE

Sheet Music, Chant Books, Hymns

to download

A great collection of  sacred catholic music - hymns - songs

Many kinds of hymns to all liturgy

Apostles Filipino Catholic Community Music Room
The Jesuit Music Ministry The Jesuit Music Ministry

New Sounds for the Present Generation

Catholic Music Catholic Music
Ayyeng: Indigenous Music in the Liturgy
No mas amor que el tuyo

a Filipino song for the Sacred Heart of Jesus

both in Tagalog, English and Spanish

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Apostles Filipino Catholic Community Music Room



Hindi Kita Malilimutan - Song for the dead

Every year, Filipinos gather with their families to pay respect to their departed loved ones. As with the other stages of life, death is traditionally commemorated through customs and rituals that usually involve music. In recent times, popular love songs are being sung or played during funerals as people say goodbye to their departed. Perhaps the most popular is Hindi Kita Malilimutan popularized by Basil Valdez and composed by Manoling Francisco, SJ in 1979, with lyrics based on the Book of Isaiah from the Old Testament.

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Catholic wedding music and reading ideas
A helpful guide to selecting appropriate scripture readings and music for a Catholic wedding ceremony.


IMPORTANT look also The Pope's statements on family - etc.

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Look MUCH more about Courtship, Wedding, Marriage Culture and Traditions

Wedding Culture - Marriage in the Philippines and - or to a Filipino - Filipina
Culture, Paperwork, Rules, Guidelines, Requirements
Civil registration - Wedding Guidelines, Requirements
Marriage - Wedding Guidelines, Requirements - other religions,  Ethnic groups
Thoughts on Marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims
Dating and “Live-in” relationship

Many good advices

Read also Child Spouses - Early Marriage

Your Wedding

In the Catholic Church

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Traditional Catholic wedding ceremony and wedding liturgy

Rev. Fr. Patrick Joseph Martin at the Redemptorist Church in Cebu.

Wedding of Wendell Auman and Ivy Doncillo on June 19, 2008 at Redemptorist Church. Traditional Filipino Catholic Wedding or nuptial rites: Scrutiny of the bride and Groom, I Do, Wedding Vows, Confirmation of the marriage Bond, Blessing of the Wedding rings, coins and Bible


Mar 16, 2010 Prenuptial Flashback  and Wedding Video Tease.


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Look much more about this wedding as pdf HERE

Cebu Archdiocese’s new guidelines for church weddings

To stop wedding planners’ extras, Catholic Church in Cebu lays guidelines for weddings

Ritual of Marriage
Filipino Catholic Wedding Ceremony Filipino Catholic Wedding Ceremony

Ceremony is 40 minutes long as presented here.

Faith, Hope, and Love: 1 Corinthians 13:13

1 Corinthians

23 Bible Verses about Faith Hope And Love

Blessing of Arrhae (Arras)
Marriage Convalidation Marriage Convalidation Ceremony in the Catholic Church

Catholic Death, Funeral, Burial, Mourning - Etc.


Cemeteries - Etc.

Undas - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day - 'Kalag-Kalag' and

Indigenous - Ethnic - Etc. culture in provinces about Death, Funeral, Burial, Mourning and the Dead

Heritage Ancient Death, Funeral, Burial and the Dead

The Cemetery People

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MMDA: Burials to still be allowed despite closure of cemeteries during Undas
Daphne Galvez September 14, 2020

Burials and “other regular things” done in cemeteries will still be allowed even though cemeteries will be closed during Undas season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Monday.

IMPORTANT: Look MORE about closing during Undas

Death Day
Maria Isabel Garcia April 14, 2019

We can delay death, of course, but we cannot run away from it.

So we should really learn how to live and talk about death in our normal conversations.

We need to talk about death and dying
Ronald Del Castillo April 13, 2020
We have long debated what adds up to a good life. We talk less about what constitutes a good death.'

Bataan bishop scraps fees for funeral Masses
Paterno Esmaquel II March 13, 2019

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos ordered the scrapping of fees for funeral Masses in his diocese, which covers Bataan province, to ease the burden of families and friends of the deceased.
This is the latest in a growing trend in the Philippine Catholic Church to scrap the arancel system, or the practice of imposing taxes on 'free' church services.

Grief - Funeral - Burial Definitions of Grief - Funeral - Burial, look all 3 links
Guidelines for Catholic Funeral Rites Guidelines for Catholic Funeral Rites

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The Vigil
The Funeral Mass
The Rite of Committal


is not Hell minus a few torments and degrees Fahrenheit; it's not Heaven minus joy. It's not a "Third Final Destination" of souls. Purgatory is simply the place where already saved souls are cleansed of the temporal effects of sin before they are allowed to see the holy face of Almighty God. Revelation 21:27 tells us that "...nothing unclean will enter Heaven."

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What Non-Catholics Should Know About Attending a Catholic Funeral Service

If you are attending a Catholic funeral service for the first time, you likely have some questions about what to expect. Catholic funerals have three parts, including a burial service.

Funeral Ideas

Planning for a funeral is often at a time when we are least ready.

Being Catholic - Burying the Dead:

Catholic Funerals
The Vigil (Wake)
The Requiem Mass
Burial and Informal After-burial Gatherings
Who may not have a Christian Burial

Philippine Death Rituals>
Aaron Simon Caparaz

Filipino death rituals & traditions

Wakes and Funerals Filipino Style
Ruth Floresca

Death in Baras Death in Baras 1978


This study concern itself with what happens from the moment of death until forty days after.

Pasiyam and forty days of prayer for the dead

The traditions to offer novena prayers at the home of the departed that ends with a simple meal. Both of them are reckoned from the day of the death of the loved one though some places people set it from the day of the first mass said for the soul of the dearly departed. The "ritual" simply consists of regular formulaic prayer, novena for the dead and several litanies that can be recited from memory by the "prayer warriors" probably due to almost everyday usage.

Look the article as pdf HERE

‘Bordon’: The West Bisayan merry mourning custom

Look the article as pdf HERE

Mourning Customs in Paoay, llocos Norte


Filipino Necrological Rites

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A tradition in the Philippines on how Filipinos show their last respect to their beloved.

Funeral Rights & Rites

Look as pdf HERE or as Video

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Rules for non-catholics receiving catholic funeral-mass
Filipino Funeral Traditions

e.g. White headbands (Ilokano: baridbed) - Black bar pins - Food offering (Ilokano: atang) - Chicken offering - Diram-os (washing of face) - golgol (shampooing)

Look the traditions as pdf HERE

Filipino Funeral Traditions

Filipinos and Funeral Traditions

Funeral practices and burial customs in the Philippines encompass a wide range of  personal, cultural, and traditional beliefs and practices which Filipinos observe in relation to bereavement, dying, honoring, respecting, interring, and remembering their departed loved ones, relatives, and friends. Sources of the various practices include religious teachings, vestiges of colonialism, and regional variations on these.

Filipino or Cebuano Funeral Traditions Filipino or Cebuano Funeral Traditions

Look this article as pdf HERE

Catholic Funeral Beliefs

St. Brigid of Kildare

Catholic Funeral Beliefs

Modern memorial services Modern memorial services: celebrating life amid loss

Ed Tamayo - Philippine Daily Inquirer

Filipino Funeral Practices

Difference Between Filipino Mourning and Western Mourning
Filipino Respect for the Dead
The Wake Or Vigil for the Deceased
Filipino Funeral
Filipino Mourning Practices

The cost of dying in the Philippines: Can you afford it?
Ralf Rivas November 01, 2019

While death is said to be the great equalizer, the divide between the rich and the poor is still evident in how they are sent off.
Living is expensive. Departing is pricey, too.
While death absolves one of debt and all other financial obligations, loved ones carry the burden of the cost of burial and other services on top of grief.


A Philippine Wake and Funeral

May 16, 2012 djprays wrote: On May 6, 2012, my mother-in-law - Conrada R. Pua - died at the age of 86. On this video you will see highlights of her wake and funeral. Wakes and funerals are a little unique in the Philippines. So hopefully this video will help my American friends understand more about the Philippine culture. I dedicate this video in her memory.

Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate

Services for the Dead

Look the article HERE

Funeral Masses for a Suicide FAQ about Funeral Masses for a Suicide

Mariannet burial Saturday; Church in dilemma

Mariannet committed suicide!


Philippine Burial rituals and practices

Rituals on death and other burial traditions and practices


Filipino Cultural Perspective of Death & Dying

This video was made as a student project for a Geropsychology (geriatric psychology) course taught at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix.

A day in the life of a mananabtan

Look the article as pdf HERE

Death and Loss in the Philippines Death and Loss in the Philippines
Sandi Clark

Death practices Philippine style
Henrylito D. Tacio

Death customs in the Philippines

Traditional burial refuses to die

Burial traditions customs superstitions in the Philippines

Filipino Superstition on Death & Illness


Apartment, dokumentaryo ni Howie Severino (full episode)
Feb 23, 2015

In a megalopolis of close to 10 million people, where do the dead go? As it seems, the poor cannot claim to rest in peace as their final resting places have also become temporary.

IMPORTANT look also The Cemetery People

Hostaging the dead: An emergent trend in PH state terror
September 16, 2020 Kobi Tolentino

'With state terrorists, even the dead are held captive, and the poor families race against time not to save lives, but to provide proper burial before the remains are putrefied'
Under Rodrigo Duterte, the horrendous act of taking dead bodies as hostages seems to have become part of the military and police’s standard operating protocol.

Civil Code - Funeral The right to make arrangements for the funeral

Civil Code of the Philippines - Republic Act No. 386


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Tax after death
Edward G. Gialogo November 04, 2017

Usually, the heirs realize the need to pay the estate tax after years or even decades have passed from a person's death.
Among the taxes in the Philippines, estate tax is probably the most ignored.


Documents needed for shipping Human Remains to the Philippines


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Manila Cathedral blesses cremated remains
October 3, 2020 Analou De Vera

The Manila Cathedral is blessing cremated remains starting Sunday in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The Manila Cathedral said that it will hold the “Rite of Blessing of Cremated Remains” after each Sunday Mass until Nov. 8.
“The family may bring the urn and a picture of their beloved dead, and we will celebrate a worthy liturgical blessing for them,” it said in an advisory.


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Vatican releases guidelines on cremation
Oct 25, 2016
Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead
October 26, 2016
The Catholic Church releases standards for the tolerated practice of cremation, stipulating that the ashes of the dead should rest in cemeteries and not be kept at home or dispersed in nature.

the articles:

Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead
by Agence France-Presse October 26, 2016
'The body is not the private property of the family. A dead person is a son of God. It is part of the body of Christ, it is part of God's people.'

Presentation of the Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation, 25.10.2016 or as pdf HERE

Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation, 25.10.2016 or as pdf HERE



Why the Catholic Church prefers traditional burial
Oct 31, 2016
Ashes of the dead after cremation should not be scattered or kept at homes to avoid desecration of human remains and should still be buried because of the Catholic church's belief in the resurrection of the body


‘Second tragedy’: Cremation traumatizes in virus-hit PH
May 3, 2020 Manila Bulletin Online
Families of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in the Philippines are being denied traditional death rites in favour of hurried, impersonal cremations, with virus restrictions often meaning they are forbidden a last look at their loved ones.
It is a painful and disorienting process for both the families and crematory workers that has upended the Philippines’ intimate rituals of laying the dead to rest.

Some Pastoral Concerns about Cremation

Look as pdf HERE


Simbahang Katolika, naglabas ng panuntunan tungkol sa cremation
Oct 27, 2016
Praktikal ang cremation para sa karamihan dahil pwede raw makasama ang yumaong mahal sa buhay kahit saan magpunta. Ang iba, inuuwi ang abo sa bahay o nilalagay sa locket ng kwintas. Pero sabi ng Vatican, hindi dapat gawin iyon. Ang labi ng yumao, kahit na-cremate, dapat pa ring ilagay sa tamang himlayan.
Can Catholics Be Cremated?
IN PHOTOS: Baesa Crematorium in Quezon City
Alecs Ongcal April 15, 2020

The Baesa Crematorium caters mostly to Quezon City's indigents.
The Baesa Crematorium has had a busy month so far in the face of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

"Catholic Cremation – A Sometimes Controversial and Misunderstood Subject"
Cherie del Rio

The traditional burial practices have been honored and observed by generations after generations. There was simply no choice but to pick out a casket, buy a lawn lot wherein to bury the dead, and pay the necessary maintenance fees or whatever related expenses there may be in memorial parks. But when modern cremation services were introduced into the country, there came another practical option.

Cremation getting wide acceptance

Bill wants state-run crematories in PH
Mara Cepeda July 09, 2016

Modern Columbariums in the Philippines

As Filipinos realized the importance of land and how limited it is in the country, they started to adapt an old way of internment practiced by those who lived during the early Stone Age – cremation.

Nowadays, cremation has become a trend that the younger generation prefer.

Libre na ang cremation: Public columbarium set to rise in Makati - Abby Binay
Apr 12, 2019
A public columbarium will be constructed in Makati City that will offer free cremation and inurnment services to residents, Mayor Abby Binay announced Thursday.
In a statement, Binay said city engineers, architects and urban planners have already created a site development plan for the public columbarium, which will be built on a 4,000-square meter property along Kalayaan Avenue.

Construction of Makati columbarium with free cremation services starts October
Consuelo Marquez September 12, 2020
Makati City government on Saturday announced that the construction of its columbarium, which will offer free cremation and inurnment services, will start next month.

Makati Columbarium replaces old cemetery
Alvin Murcia September 12, 2020
Construction of the Makati Columbarium, which shall offer free cremation and inurnment services for Makatizens, begins in October.
Mayor Abby Binay said the columbarium will rise over the site of the old Makati Catholic Cemetery.

Makati Columbarium to offer free cremation, inurnment for Makatizens
September 11, 2020 Jel Santos
Makati City Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay on Friday, September 11 announced that the city government will build the Makati Columbarium in October where the Makati Catholic cemetery is now located.


Cremation in the Philippines


Last goodbye & Cremation

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Crematoriums can’t guarantee ’100%’ purity of ashes, says funeral home operator

Philip C. Tubeza, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Numerous miracles have been wrought by the power of the Santo Niño. It is said that a voluminous book is needed to contain all the attestations and testimonials of the goodness and mercy of the Infant Jesus of Cebu. Considered as the prime of all Christian relics in the Philippines, the image of the Infant Jesus continues to shine as the lodestar that attracts the hearts of the Filipino people.

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Basilica del Santo Niño - Magellan´s Cross - Etc.

The festivals: Sinulog St. Niño de Cebu and Kaplag - Fluvial Parade


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The Black Nazarene and Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

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The Black Nazarene and Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

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More Filipino Patrons and Patronesses - Etc.

Life - History - Hymns - Gozos - etc.

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St. Lucy (Lucia)
Saint Valentine
San Juan

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Archangels - angels in theology

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The 7 Archangels and Their Meanings
Dawn Demers
Angels are interwoven within the culture of man. Regardless of religion or belief system, stories of angels are a part of our heritage, of the fabric that makes up human history.
Religious texts refer to an archangel as being at a high level in the celestial hierarchy. While the exact number of archangels is unknown many traditions and faiths reference seven archangels.

The Seven Angels of The Week
Lisa Frideborg
Do you know what day of the week you were born? Did you know that each day is ruled over by one of 7 Archangels? The angel of the day you were born is one of your 5 Birth Angels (together with the Zodiac, Elemental and Quinary and Guardian Angels).
Why do you even need to know this? The angel of the day of the week you were born can help facilitate alignment with your Life Purpose and to overcome any related challenges.


List of angels in theology

including both specific angels (e.g. Gabriel) and types of angels (e.g. Seraphim).

God’s Army: the Truth about Angels
Mark Hart July 30, 2015

Picture an angel, right now.
Okay, you saw two wings and a halo, right? Perhaps a white robe? Some glowing light? Look the article as pdf

Legends of Archangel Michael and the army of angels
Author Vihra Baeva
English version Milena Daynova

Who Are the Fallen Angels?
By Ryan Dube

The ancient fallen angel stories come from a large variety of sources including the Old Testament and The Book of Enoch.


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Breaking taboos: How ‘Father TikTok’ grooves to spread the Good News
Mar 14, 2021 Robbin M. Dagle
‘Social media is a gift from God,’ says 30-year-old Father Fiel Pareja who preaches to the youth on TikTok
“Wait, don’t skip!”
For someone scrolling through TikTok seeking mindless fun, seeing a priest in clerical garb holding a Bible might be enough to instantly swipe up and ignore a video.
Father Fiel Pareja knows this, so he usually begins by pleading to his mostly young audience not to skip. More than a million followers later, it seems that his message has found a way to stand out despite the app’s ceaseless parade of content. Look also this article

Millennial priest uses TikTok to spread the Word of God
March 28, 2021 Gabriela Baron - with Video
Popularly known as “Father TikTok” to netizens, this local priest uses the social media platform to spread the Word of God.

Healing Eucharist Inc.

became the new legal entity of The Healing Eucharist TV Mass, aired every Sunday at 6am to 7am, over ABS-CBN


Discernment Do's and Don'ts: book to help young people find their vocation
ROME REPORTS in English May 25, 2019
Christian cross variants

Study theology - liturgy, etc.

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Maryhill School of Theology
A Catholic theological institute of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, CICM in Quezon City

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Barrio San Jose, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

In January 1990 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines approved the establishment of the Institute. In March 1991 the Institute received recognition from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of San’t Anselmo in Rome

Loyola School of Theology, LST
an Institute for theological and pastoral education conducted by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus. The School is open to any qualified student, lay, religious, or clerical desirous of pursuing theological studies at the graduate level. LST's programs are also designed to provide the theological preparation for those intending to serve as priests of the Catholic Church.

Catholic Faith Education Catholic Faith Education

Catechism for Filipino Catholics

Biblical Seminary of the Philippines
Asia Pacific Theological Seminary is a cooperative ministry of the Assemblies of God national churches of Asia, Pacific Oceania, and the Assemblies of God World Missions-USA

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