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I went to the Loyola House of Studies this afternoon to meet with Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, SJ. It was difficult to catch him. I went to LHS a few days ago and the porter told me that Fr. Joe will be back this Friday. So I prepared my letter of request and decided to meet him at about 5 pm. I waited at the lobby and sat on one of the sofas.
The porter called. He is not around in his office.
“Paging Fr. Quilongquilong.”
After a while Fr. Quilongquilong came. Fr. Quilongquilong is the Rector of the Loyola House of Studies. He was ordained priest in 1993 and finished his Doctorate in Spirituality in the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He worked as regional secretary for Asia-Pacific at the Jesuit General Curia. For his dissertation, he wrote about the grace of vocation in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with Fr. Anton Witwer, S.J. as mentor. (Loyola School of Theology)
“Father, Dr. Sugon of the Latin Mass Society would like to meet you. Oh, there he is.”
So I stood up and went forward.
“Father, I am Dr. Quirino Sugon of the Ateneo Latin Mass Society.”
Fr. Quilongquilong signed me to sit down.
“Our priest is Fr. Tim Ofrasio, SJ.” I continued. “We would like to request the use of the Oratory of St. Ignatius of Loyola for a Traditional Latin Mass.”
“When would that be?” Fr. Quilongquilong asked.
“November 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.”
“Do you have a letter?”
“Yes,” I said and I handed him my letter.
“Would you like to visit the oratory?” he asked.
“That would be great, Father.”
“How many are you in the mass?”
“About 20 to 30, Father.”
“The oratory is too big for you.”
“I think we can double the attendees.”
On the far end of the lobby is a spiral staircase. Beneath it is a white statue of our Lady. Behind the staircase is a glass wall with a view of a green field of grass with a statue of St. Ignatius looking at an empty pond. A corridor to the right leads to the Cardinal Sin Center where the LHS Theological Hour is usually held. In normal days the center functions as a cafeteria.
We went up the staircase. On the second floor is the Oratory. We genuflected upon passing by the altar.
It is an empty church, but unrivaled in architectural design. It is the most fitting for the Traditional Latin Mass. I think it can fit about 200 to 300 persons. There are still enough space at the overhanging second level. On the far side near the entrance is the choir loft–truly aloft. I can’t still make out of the Altar. It is dark. The sun is setting and light streamed through the stained glass windows. Then I recall the words of Pope Benedict XVI in his homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral:
The first has to do with the stained glass windows, which flood the interior with mystic light. From the outside, those windows are dark, heavy, even dreary. But once one enters the church, they suddenly come alive; reflecting the light passing through them, they reveal all their splendor. Many writers — here in America we can think of Nathaniel Hawthorne — have used the image of stained glass to illustrate the mystery of the Church herself. It is only from the inside, from the experience of faith and ecclesial life, that we see the Church as she truly is: flooded with grace, resplendent in beauty, adorned by the manifold gifts of the Spirit. It follows that we, who live the life of grace within the Church’s communion, are called to draw all people into this mystery of light.
We went farther to the main entrance. It’s the crossroads.
“That’s the refectory,” Fr. Quilongquilong said as he pointed towards the West. “People would be coming from there (the North wing) and pass by this corridor. I don’t want a religious activity going on while the community is having supper from 7:00-8:00 p.m.”
“Ok, Father. I understand.”
“I shall first check with the community.”
“Thank you, Father.” And I raised his fingers to my forehead for blessing. Then we parted.
When I arrived at my office at Manila Observatory, I received a text from Fr. Quilongquilong. He confirmed that there is no scheduled activity at the Oratory on the 24th of November. But he suggested that we move the time to 5:30-7:00 pm.
“If Latin Mass is earlier then I would like our Jesuit scholastics to attend it,” he said.
I replied that the schedule is ok with me, but I shall first confer with Fr. Tim and my group in ALMS.
God works in wondrous ways.
Please pray for the Philippine Jesuits and the Ateneo Latin Mass Society.
This afternoon I visited Fr. Victor Badillo, SJ at the Jesuit Infirmary in Ateneo de Manila University. It has been more than a month or two since I visited him. I usually give him updates about the Manila Observatory. At 86, he cannot anymore walk. He needs a nurse to drive his wheelchair.
“Hi, Father.” I said as I entered his room.
“Hi, Pope,” he said as he signaled to the nurse to bring me a chair. “I learned about your Latin Mass Society.”
“Yes, Father.” I said. “Fr. Tim Ofrasio is our priest. He is a professor of Liturgy so he knows the old and new rites well.”
“Where do you get your vestments?” asked Fr. Badillo.
“Our sacristan trainor is Bro. Dave of the Liturgical Commission of Cubao. He is still designing our vestments.”
“So do you know the Confiteor, the prayers at the foot of the altar?”
“A little bit, Father. I still have to memorize it.”
And he prayed the Confiteor and I followed him. I know this prayer because I always use my Baronius 1962 missal even when I attend Novus Ordo masses.
“Do you know how to sing?” he asked. And he began to intone the Kyrie, the Sanctus, the Gloria, and the Pater Noster. I joined him in the singing. He is singing the songs in Missa de Angelis which we always use in our Latin masses. I joined the choir before when they practiced these songs. We bought our chant book from Our Lady of Victories, an SSPX church in Cubao, which has excellent resources on the Traditional Latin Mass. (May they be finally reconciled with the Catholic Church soon.)
“When I was young, I was also a sacristan,” said Fr. Badillo. “Whenever there are masses outside the school, we Ateneans always volunteer to serve in the masses, because there are very few who knows how to serve. We have this group called “Sanctuario”. We take turns in serving masses for a priest. We woke up at 4 am, because the priest says mass during that time.”
“Four o’clock in the morning?” I asked.
“Yes, 4 o’clock,” said Fr. Badillo. “Before we were that hard when it comes to serving masses. Now people are becoming soft, lax.”
“In the seminary, we learned about the mass. We were trained in Latin. But when we graduated, we were ordained in Vatican II.”
“So your training was to no avail, Father?” I asked.
“Not really,” he said.
And our conversation drifted to other things: about the ionosphere and magnetosphere project, about NASA and Dr. Lagrosas trip to Palawan, about our friend Genie Lorenzo who is back from a vacation in US, about Dr. Kendra Gotangco Castillo–our Valedictorian and Summa cum Laude–who is back from Purdue University and who now heads Klima Climate Change Center, and about the International Space Weather Conference in Nigeria which I am attending this October.
“Many things are now happening in Manila Observatory, Father.”
“It started when you came,” Fr. Badillo said.
And we both laughed. The first time I went to the Manila Observatory was in 2008. Fr. Daniel McNamara, SJ asked me to stay in the Ionosphere Building, the building of Fr. Badillo, to write my dissertation. I lived a monastic life. But Fr. Badillo was not there when I came: he suffered several surgeries years before. The building was still dark and dusty then. Now, it is fully renovated and repainted. But I am still using his desk and his swivel chair.
Before I left, I took his hand to my forehead.
“Father, your skin is now soft unlike before.”
“Soft as woman’s skin.”
And we laughed again.
“How did that happen, Father?”
“Healthy diet. Just health diet.”
Finally, I said goodbye to Fr. Badillo. And he gave me his blessing.
Missa Cantata on June 19 at the Shrine of St. Thererese of the Child Jesus in Villamor Airbase, Pasay City
We invite you to participate with us in a Missa Cantata in the Traditional Latin Roman Rite on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 9:00am at the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (across NAIA3 in Villamor Airbase) in celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.
The priest celebrant is Fr. Dominic Maria Lim, OFM Conv., Rector of St. Maximilian Kolbe Seminary. He will be assisted at the Altar by the servers of Societas LSSG. Our Schola Cantorum will be the seminarians of St. Maximilian
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:06:10 +0800
The Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) is an organization of faculty, students, staff, and alumni of Ateneo de Manila University for the promotion of the Latin Mass in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite, but with a preferential option for the extraordinary form, in the Ignatian tradition of magis or “more”. Starting this July 2011, ALMS shall sponsor Latin masses at the Ateneo High School once a month. The priest celebrant will be Fr. Timoteo “Tim” Ofrasio, SJ, a professor of Liturgy at the Loyola House of Studies and parish priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Novaliches.
Also, starting this June 2011, ALMS shall sponsor trainings for the sacristan and choir:
- Sacristan training is four Sundays, 9-12 am. Possible venue is Nativity of Our Lady Parish, Maj. Dizon St., Industrial Village, Marikina City. The training shall cover the following topics: (a) history of altar servers, (b) Holy Mass as the highest form of worship,(c) liturgical year, (d) altar vestments and vessels, (e) ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation, (f) ordinary form of the Roman Rite, (g) extraordinary form of the Roman rite, (h) practicum, and (i) commissioning. The training is organized by ALMS and by the Commission on Liturgy of the Diocese of Cubao.
- Choir training is at least an hour a week for the whole year. The training shall cover the following topics: (a) ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation, (b) Gregorian neumes (square notes), (b) ictus and breathing marks, (c) chanting of mass responses, (d) chants for Ordinary Feasts (Missa de Angelis), (e) chants for Feasts of Blessed Virgin (cum Jubilo), (f) chants for Sundays throughout the year, (g) chants for Sundays and Ferias of Advent and Lent, (h) Credo, Pater Noster, and Salve Regina, (i) and chants for Benediction (Tantum Ergo, Te Deum, Anima Christi, O Salutaris Hostia, Pange Lingua, Panis Angelicus). The Gregorian chant trainor will be Mr. Carlos Babiano of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish, Quezon City. The choir training will be held within or close to Ateneo.
The aim of ALMS is to give greater glory to God by making the Latin mass in both ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite available to many, as envisioned by Vatican II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium:
- Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites. (Art. 36.1)
- The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services. (Art 116)
If you wish to know more about the ALMS-sponsored activities, follow us in Facebook: Ateneo Latin Mass Society. Click the “Like” button, so that you can post your comments.
Those interested to join the sacristan and choir training may wish to directly contact the ALMS Coordinator:
Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.
Space Environment Research Center (SERC) Subcenter
Ionosphere Research Building
Tel. No. 426-6001 local 4850
ATENEO LATIN MASS SOCIETY
Mission and Vision
Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) is an association in Ateneo de Manila University which seeks to give greater glory to God by making the most beautiful celebration of the Roman Rite in Latin in both ordinary and extraordinary forms available to all.
To accomplish this, the ALMS shall do the following:
Foster the use of Latin in the Roman Rite as mandated by Vatican II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium
Promote both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite, but with a preferential option for the extraordinary form in the Ignatian tradition of magis and excellence
Train choir groups who can perfectly sing all the chants in Liber Usualis, in obedience to the mandate of Vatican II’s Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy that the Gregorian Chant should be given pride of place in the Roman Liturgy
Train sacristan groups who knows by heart the responses and rubrics of both the ordinary and extraordinary masses in all seasons of the year.
Train Jesuit seminarians, deacons, and priests in the words, rubrics, and chants in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite
Teach the congregation how to pray the rosary in Latin and how to chant the responses in missa cantata
Provide the most exquisite vessels and vestments for any Jesuit priest who wishes to say the Latin Mass
Promote Jesuit vocations, novenas to Jesuit saints, and prayers for the souls of living and dead Jesuits.
Establish the Institute for Latin Studies for the study of the classical, medieval, and ecclessiastical Latin literature, especially those written by Jesuit saints and scholars.
Promote the use of Gothic and Romanesque church architecture for the Roman Rite.
Promote the Spirtual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Promote St. Ignatius’s Rules for Thinking, Judging, and Feeling with the Church.
Establish Latin Mass Societies in all Ateneo schools and form a worldwide Latin Mass Society of Jesuit Schools
Coordinate with the Jesuit hierarchy and Church hierarchy in promoting the use of the Latin and Gregorian chant in all Jesuit schools and in all parishes.
Promote Jesuit spirituality through the Sodality of our Lady and the Devotion to the Sacred Heart.
A Letter to the ALMS: Meeting of the ALMS core group
It is nearly a year since the Ateneo Latin Mass Society (ALMS) was established and we still have not moved forward. I am partly to be blamed because I tried to carry the burden of ALMS alone, when there are many ALMS members who are more competent in making things happen. I am very sorry.
In this regard, I think it is high time to form an ALMS core group who shall select its Chair and Secretary. The members of the core group can be either from Ateneo or outside, as long as the Chair is from Ateneo (otherwise it won’t be ALMS), and as long as each member is committed to attend the weekly one-hour meetings. The Chair of the ALMS core group shall be the over-all coordinator of ALMS.
The function of the ALMS core group is to formulate the direction and activities of ALMS, especially now that we have difficulty finding a chapel for the Traditional Latin Mass and Fr. Tim Ofrasio, S.J. was assigned in a parish in Novaliches where he spends most of his time.
There are many things that the core group can discuss in its weekly meetings:
1. Use of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite in Latin
2. Training program for the Altar Servers
3. Training program for the Choir
4. Lecture series on the Traditional Latin Mass
5. Tours to Traditional Latin Mass Chapels in Metro Manila
6. Date and agenda of the next ALMS General Assembly
7. Chapel and priest for the regular ALMS Traditional Latin Mass
7. Other things that would help move ALMS forward
If you wish to be part of the ALMS core group, please post your weekly schedule in the ALMS yahoo group as a reply to this mail and add a line to describe yourself–full name, school, department, and position–so that everybody in ALMS would know you. We can then find a common time for the group to meet. As a reminder, each member of the ALMS core group is committed to join and participate in the weekly one-hour core group meetings in Ateneo.
Dr. Quirino Sugon Jr.
Ateneo Latin Mass Society
P.S. Today, November 15, is the Feast of St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church, patron of scientists, and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertus_Magnus
Looking back, some of the culprits for me for the gradual loss of the true reform of the liturgy were the so-called “liturgists” who were more like technicians and choreographers rather than pure students of liturgy.
They had a peculiar affinity for refined liturgical celebrations coupled with disdain for the old rites and devotions. Unfortunately, some bishops, not pure students of liturgy either, gave in to their terrorist proclivities.
A search for creativity and community were dominant projects in “reform-minded” Catholic circles in the 1960s and beyond. In itself, this might not have been bad. But the philosophy that the community was god, and that “God” was not fully “God” without the community was the source of ideas that have done most damage to the Church.
This secular notion of community made its way into the liturgy to gradually supplant the inherited Christian tradition.
These self-appointed arbiters of the reform were, and I hate to say this, liturgical hijackers who deprived ordinary parishioners – and bewildered pastors – of their right to the normative worship of their own Church. Hence, there was the need for a reform of the reform
read more: UCANews
National Meeting of Filipino Diocesan Directors of Liturgy: liturgical inculturation and women lay ministers
NATIONAL MEETING OF DIOCESAN DIRECTORS OF LITURGY
SILVER JUBILEE STATEMENT
September 13-16, 2010
We, the delegates to the 25th National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy (NMDDL), raise our hearts and voices in thanksgiving to Jesus Christ, the Leitourgos of divine worship. For twenty-five years, NMDDL has been a consistent instrument of the continuing liturgical formation of diocesan directors of liturgy. It has created closer ties among the directors and has promoted better coordination between the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy and the diocesan commissions in the implementation of the liturgical reform of Vatican II.
As we look back with gratitude at what NMDDL has accomplished, we look forward to what remains to be done so that the liturgy will become more vibrantly the source and summit of the Church’s life in the Philippines. Hence, we recommend attention in the future meetings to topics like the following:
- The Use of the Vernacular. While we respect the option to use Latin and celebrate the Tridentine liturgy, we uphold the use of the vernacular in our parishes and communities and recommend translations that faithfully reflect both the spiritual doctrine of the texts and the linguistic patterns of our vernacular languages.
- Spirituality of Liturgy. Active participation is one of the many blessings Vatican II has bestowed on our parishes and communities. We wish to remind ourselves, however, that active participation should lead to deeper spiritual encounter with Christ and the Church. Hence our liturgical celebrations should foster the necessary environment of prayer and awe in the presence of the divine mysteries, excluding those expressions that trivialize the sacred celebration.
- Liturgical Inculturation. The interest in recent times to revive the Tridentine Liturgy should not draw the attention, especially of the Church leaders, from the unfinished agenda of liturgical inculturation. We are of the persuasion that liturgical renewal, as envisioned by the Constitution on Liturgy of Vatican II, entails liturgical inculturation and that our rich cultural heritage has much to offer to make the Roman liturgy truly Filipino.
- Liturgical Studies. Sound tradition and legitimate progress are key phrases that express the program of liturgical reform. It is consequently necessary to study the history and theology of the liturgy, be familiar with culture, and be imbued with liturgical spirituality and pastoral zeal for the Church. We, therefore, recommend that those involved in liturgy, particularly the clergy, should be sent by their bishops or superiors to enroll in academic institutions that specialize in liturgical studies.
- Lay Ministers. Our parishes and communities are blessed with numerous and worthy lay liturgical ministers. However, some dioceses in the Philippines still reserve to male persons ministries like serving at the altar and leading Sunday celebrations in the absence of a priest. We believe that we should encourage the ministry of women where it is allowed by universal law.
- Liturgy Newsletter. Part of continuing liturgical formation of diocesan directors and their collaborators is liturgical information. We request the Episcopal Commission on Liturgy to publish and disseminate regularly through newsletter, in print or by electronic media, recent liturgical norms, guidelines, and other pertinent information on the liturgy.
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of NMDDL, we recall the visionary initiative of Archbishop Jesus Dosado who, together with Fr. Camilo Marivoet, CICM, and Fr. James Meehan, SJ, established and promoted the annual meeting. We are in their debt. Likewise, we remember with gratitude the dioceses that have generously hosted NMDDL and the speakers that shared their liturgical expertise with us. Lastly, we thank His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales of the Archdiocese of Manila for hosting NMDDL at this significant year of its existence.
That in all things God may be glorified!
Here are my comments:
- Filipinos are Latin-Rite Catholics and they have heard Latin mass for three centuries. Latin, therefore, is a legitimate part of the Filipino culture. So this language must be equally promoted at least together with other languages.
- I like the statement “liturgical celebrations should foster the necessary environment of prayer and awe in the presence of the divine mysteries, excluding those expressions that trivialize the sacred celebration.”
- I think the best place for inculturation is not in the mass but in the celebrations outside the mass: Pasyon, salubong, procession, novenas, etc. Our ancestors have done this kind of inculturation before.
- Instead of the phrases “sound tradition” and “legitimate progress”, I would prefer the battle cry of the religious clergy who were assigned here in the 16th century: “Let there be no innovations!” We preserve the Roman liturgy (1962) and send the clergy to schools where the Roman liturgy is studied in fidelity to Catholic tradition in order to progress in their understanding of the liturgy–a liturgy handed down to us to preserve and cherish and not a liturgy that we can mold according to our image and likeness as Filipinos.
- Lay ministers and altar servers should be reserved to men. Once we allow women to distribute the Body of Christ, we would be conditioning their minds that years from now they would also become priests who will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass–which will never happen.
Schedule of Traditional Latin Masses in the National Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Christ the King Parish (14-19 Aug 2010)
Societas Liturgiae Sacrae Sancti Gregorii
An apostolate dedicated to the celebration, propagation and promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass of St. Gregory the Great, implementing the Motu Proprio, SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM of Pope Benedict XVI.
|Christ the King Parish
Greenmeadows Ave., Quezon City
| National Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Military Ordinariate, Villamor Airbase, Pasay City
|MISSA CANTATA||MISSA CANTATA|
|Lower Church||Main Altar|
|FIRST ANNIVERSARYof the Traditional Latin Mass Apostolate Saturday, August 14, 8:30am
Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. John Anthony Napulis, FFI
Rector, Shrine of Mary Co-Redemptrix
Talamban, Cebu City
|Sunday, August 15, 9:15am
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Msgr. Cesar Salomon
Rector, Nat’l Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
|Saturday, August 21, 8:30am
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow, Holy Woman
Celebrant: (To be announced)
|Societas Liturgiæ Sacræ Sancti Gregorii
Traditional Latin Mass Apostolate
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sunday, August 22 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost, 9:15am Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Msgr. Cesar Salomon
Rector, Nat’l Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
|Saturday, August 28, 8:30am
St. Augustine,Bishop, Confessor
Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Anthony Ranada, SVD
Parochial Vicar Sto. Rosario Parish, Dampalit, Malabon
|Sunday, August 29, 9:15am
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Msgr. Cesar Salomon
Rector, Nat’l Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus