Today, the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman will wrap up its 500-day spiritual journey for the celebration of the quincentenary of Christianity in the Philippines.
On November 18, 2019, the UP Diliman Parish launched “500 Days to 500 Years” — a spiritual journey intended to solemnly prepare parishioners for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the first Easter Mass in the Philippines. (Read: NHCP Confirms First Easter Sunday Mass Held in Limasawa Island)
The launch was celebrated with an Evening Mass, wherein the Jubilee Lamp was lit to mark the start of the spiritual preparation. Five hundred Jubilee Candles were also lit from the Jubilee Lamp, reminiscent of the burning fire (daub in Visayan) that Magellan and his men saw on the island of Mazzua (now Limasawa in Leyte) where they landed the following day.
500 Days to 500 Years
According to Fr. Bong Tupino, parish priest at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, the commemoration of “500 Days to 500 Years” will push through despite the sudden declaration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the NCR and four provinces.
“We joyfully and gratefully commemorate the first eucharistic celebration and the planting of the cross in our beloved land,” says Fr. Bong. “Despite the lockdown, we shall nevertheless continue with the celebration via live stream.” (Read: Homonhon Residents Plant Trees to Mark 500 Years of PH Christianity)
Schedule of Activities
At 5:00 this afternoon, the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice will commence Holy Hour followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 6:00 in the evening. (WATCH: The Pope’s Homily for 500 Years of PH Christianity)
Fr. Bong and his resident guest priest, Fr. Binu Scaria, will solemnly bring the Blessed Sacrament and the Cross around the circular walkway of the church. The Jubilee Lamp will also be carried by the resident Campus Minister, Brother JM Nuqui.
Upon return to the sanctuary, Fr. Bong will read the chronicles of Pigafetta on the Easter Mass and planting of the Holy Cross in Mazzua on March 31, 1521. This will be followed by a joyous celebration wherein the bell will be rung; the Eucharist, Cross, and Lamp will be incensed; and the Spanish song “No Mas Amor Que El Tuyo” will be sung as a proclamation of God’s love to the Filipino People.