Every third Sunday of January, the whole Archdiocese of Cebu celebrates the Feast of the Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu), more popularly known as Fiesta Señor. On this day, in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Church prays the Mass of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, whose very name is the titular of the Archdiocese of Cebu. (Fun fact: the Archdiocese of Cebu is also known as the Archdiocese of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.)
We invite you to pray with us the Extraordinary Form Mass (Traditional Latin Mass) of the Most Holy Name of Jesus at 6 a.m. on January 21, 2018, at the Adoration Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish (Capitol Parish) church along N. Escario Street, Cebu City.
Although for the past Sundays we have been offering Mass at 4 p.m., we’ve moved this coming Sunday’s Mass to an early morning schedule so that we can avoid the expected traffic congestion caused by the Sinulog Grand Parade.
The Extraordinary Form Mass of the Most Holy Name of Jesus will be sung by Fr. Clement Covacho, novice master of the Community of Saint John. The Schola Gregoriana of Cebu will assist him in music.
The Society also invites you to pray with its members the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin at 5:30 a.m. Please join us in praying this most esteemed devotional prayer.
Immediately after Mass, the Society shall be singing the Church’s official Solemn Sung Morning Prayer (Solemn Sung Lauds) for the Feast of the Santo Niño in the Ordinary Form in English. Father Clement himself will lead the praying of Lauds.
Lauds or Morning Prayer, just like Vespers or Evening Prayer, is one of the chief or major hours of the Divine Office. It is liturgical prayer — and, therefore, the Church’s public prayer and “voice of the Church, that is of the whole mystical body publicly praising God” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 99) — no other prayer surpasses it except the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council decreed that the major hours, especially Vespers, should be “celebrated in common in church on Sundays and the more solemn feasts” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 100).
So that you may worthily receive Holy Communion, please ensure that you are in the state of grace. Go to confession beforehand.
Pit Senyor kaninyong tanan! See you this Sunday.