From virtual blessing of palms to Lenten recollections
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:15 AM April 05, 2020
Holy Week rites led by Pope Francis
Where: Vatican News English on YouTube (with English translations) or EWTN.com where the Pope has daily Masses at 1 p.m., including Sundays. All schedules are Manila time.
April 5, Palm Sunday: Mass at 5 p.m.
April 9, Maundy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 11:59 p.m.
April 11, Black Saturday: The Lord’s Passion—Stations of the Cross in Rome, St. Peter’s Square, 3 a.m.
April 12, Easter Sunday: Easter Vigil at Vatican Basilica, 3 a.m.
Easter Sunday Mass: The Holy Father will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass in the Basilica and will conclude with the “Urbi et Orbi” message and blessing, 5 p.m.
Dominican Lenten retreats and other observances in the Philippines will be live-streamed on Facebook: Dominican Province of the Philippines Official or Facebook page La Naval de Manila.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan is holding “Paghilom (Healing): An Online Holy Week Retreat for the Youth” (www.facebook.com/paghilomretreat). Villegas, a Domincan clerical fraternity member, said the retreat was for “millennial Catholics.”
Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner, OP, the Philippine master general of the Dominicans, also recommends programs online by English-speaking Dominican missions abroad, such as “Torch” (weekly homilies of the Dominican friars of England) and “Godzdogz” (blog of the Dominican student brothers of Blackfriars, Oxford), from the website of the Dominicans of England and Scotland (www.english.op.org).
Filipinos can also tune in to the Dominican podcast, “Godsplaining” (www.opeast.org/godsplaining).
“Quarantine” lectures for Lent are being held by the Thomistic Institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington: www.thomisticinstitute.org.
Among the seminars that’s a hit this quarantine and Lent is “The Medicine of Immortality: An Intellectual Retreat” (with several speakers tackling Lent-relevant subjects as “The Last Supper and the Fulfillment of the Covenant” and “The Antidote to Death: The Eucharist and Re-creation” (both by Fr. Dominic Legge, OP) and “The Presence of Christ: Aquinas on Eucharistic Transubstantiation” (both by lay theologian Reinhard Huetter).
Also getting a lot of hits is the talk of Fr. Anthony Giambrone, OP on “Plagues: What We Can Learn from the Bible.”
Another useful Dominican online initiative is Spiritual Resources by the Dominican friars of Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island. Among other programs, it has the “Virtual Veritas” podcast, which offers daily reflections this Lent: www.covid-19.providence.edu/spiritual-resources.
Best of the Best Manila member Jazel Calvo Carino suggests checking out the online Masses at her parish. “Fr. Jeff gives simple but meaningful reflections, and the familiarity of his voice is a calming force for us. We hear Mass everyday with him.”
April 5, Palm Sunday Masses: 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
April 9, Maundy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5 p.m.
April 10, Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m.
April 11, Black Saturday: Easter Vigil, 6 p.m.
April 12, Easter Sunday Masses: 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Diocese of Kalookan (San Roque Cathedral)
Where: Diocese of Kalookan’s Facebook page: facebook.com/dioceseofkalookan
April 5, Palm Sunday: 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. The blessing of the palms will be livestreamed before each Mass. Attendees can use any kind of branch or leaf for the blessing.
April 6, Holy Monday: 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m.
April 7, Holy Tuesday: 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. Online Lenten reflection with Fr. Wilfredo M. Samson, SJ at 7:30 p.m.
April 8, Holy Wednesday: 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. Online Lenten reflection with Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, DD at 8 a.m.
April 9, Maundy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 5 p.m. This will be followed by the procession of the Holy Eucharist but the public is asked to stay indoors and to watch from their windows. When the Holy Eucharist passes by, please kneel to acknowledge the presence of Jesus Christ. Online Eucharistic adoration will be held until midnight.
Procession route: San Roque Cathedral—A. Mabini to Sangandaan-Samson Road, Heroes del ’96—10th Avenue—A. Mabini to C3-C3-Tamban Street—Libis Espina-Sabalo Street—Gen. San Miguel towards Samson Road—Torres Bugallon—P.Zamora—A. Mabini—back to San Roque Cathedral.
April 10, Good Friday: Way of the Cross, 7 a.m. Siete Palabras, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Passion of Christ, 3 p.m. Procession of the Santo Intierro and Mater Dolorosa follows. All are asked to watch the procession from indoors but requested again to kneel when the image of Christ passes by to give respect for his ultimate sacrifice. Same procession route.
April 11, Black Saturday: Easter Vigil, 6 p.m. followed by the Salubong.
Procession of the Risen Christ via same route starting 5:30 am. All are asked to stay indoors, wear white, and wave a white handkerchief when the procession passes by to welcome the Risen Christ. Same procession route.