The Manila Archdiocese will hold a nine-day spiritual preparation ahead of the June 24 installation of Cardinal Jose Advincula as their new archbishop. The novena prayer will kick off on June 15 and culminate on June 23.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator of the Manila Archdiocese, asked in his pastoral instruction that the novena be marked with prayer, catechesis, and charity. He also said the days should be spent listening to the teachings of the Church.
“On the evening of June 23, we encourage all parishes and communities to spend an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and pray together for Cardinal Advincula,” Pabillo said.
“Let us study and reflect on the mystery of the Church, the role of the bishop, and the realities of the Archdiocese of Manila,” he added. (Read: 5 Things to Know About Cardinal-Elect Jose Advincula Jr.)
Gift for the Cardinal
Pabillo added that Caritas Manila will distribute P50 million worth of gift certificates for 50,000 families in different parishes ahead of Cardinal Advincula’s arrival.
He then urged parishes to do the same by organizing charitable activities, saying that feeding programs, donation drives, distribution of food bags, or provision of gift checks are well-encouraged.
“Let this be a gift of Cardinal Advincula to our needy brethren in the Archdiocese,” Pabillo said. (Read: Here’s Why Lolo Kiko Wants You to Help the Poor Amid the Pandemic)
Following his installation on June 24, Cardinal Advincula will appear at numerous Mass celebrations at the Manila Cathedral and nearby parishes. (Read: Manila Cathedral Joins Petition to Save San Sebastian Basilica)
On June 25, the cardinal will celebrate Mass at the Manila Cathedral with representatives of the laity in the archdiocese. Then on June 26, he will preside over the Solemn Vespers which will be attended by the consecrated men and women in the archdiocese. Lastly, on June 27, the cardinal will visit the community of Maricaban in Pasay City and lead a Mass at the Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted Parish Church.
In preparation for his new responsibilities as Manila Archbishop, Cardinal Advincula had himself fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The outgoing Capiz archbishop reportedly received the second dose of the vaccine last month.
In a social media post, the Manila archdiocese said the 69-year old cardinal also encouraged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.