Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Feast of Mercy 2012 @ SJMV Parish; New Altar of SJMV Completed!


You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

See pictures of our Parish's celebration of the Feast of Mercy. The Feast is a fitting way of closing all Lent activities. With Jesus' resurrection his salvific role as our redeemer and as the messiah has been fulfilled. But why stop with the message of the resurrection, the Feast of Mercy is taking it one notch higher. Jesus was not only resurrected, was not only able to redeem us from our sinfulness and unworthiness...He is constantly reminding us that his mercy and love is overflowing. The resurrection of Jesus is a one time thing that happened after 3 days from his death as he kept telling his disciples in the Bible. His resurrection enabled him to triumph over sin and death. His Mercy and Love has been a constant character of Jesus but the resurrection enabled it to be completely transformed to a purely Divine Mercy...his mercy and love which is universal, continuous, never-ending, timeless, encompassing, everlasting and overflowing.

In His resurrection, together with Thomas we exclaim "My Lord and My God." But in His Divine Love and Mercy, we completely surrender and exclaim, "Jesus, I Trust in You!"

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Our Lord said to Saint Faustina:

Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as the Just Judge but as the Merciful Savior ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.

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After the mass, parishioners headed towards the icon of the Divine Mercy.

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Jesus, We Trust in You!

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The Parish image and the Processional image...

Procession in honor of the Divine Mercy

I liked what the commentator said before the final blessing was given by the celebrant, she encouraged the parishioners to be one in spreading the devotion to the Divine Mercy by participating in the procession. This has always been the objective of processions, from its time of conception during the Spanish times in this just feels different when it is explicitly feel that you are part of something bigger and great for the church and not just joining a traditional catholic rite.

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Procession around the Parish, a long and difficult route because the road is hilly goes up and down and up...and the carroza due to gravity gets heavier as you go up...eye popping heavy...a procession route fitting for Jesus as the Divine Mercy and King!

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Sacristans and seminarians leading the procession...

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A time to rest, a relatively flat part of the procession route...

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More procession pics...

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More procession pics...

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Last stretch, going back to the Parish...up Masinag Avenue...

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Closing Prayer led by the organizers...

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Church image full view...

The newly renovated altar of St. John Mary Vianney Parish

Gone is the elevated carpeted platform. The altar table etc are now made of concrete and a mirror like accent is placed around the image of the crucified Christ.

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The Crucified Christ...

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Last Supper and the Resurrection...

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The Paschal Candle...

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Image of the Alegria and the Resurrected Christ used during in the Parish's Salubong rites...

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