Be ‘another Christ’, faithful told

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Fr. Fritz Francis Del Pilar, an assistant priest of Sto. Niño Parish, leads the veneration of the Blessed Sacrament at the parish church's adoremus. (Photo: Eileen Ballesteros)

TACLOBAN City, Nov. 20, 2016 – Celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King, a priest reminded the faithful of the feast’s significance, calling on them to be “another Christ” to others.

“We should be alter Christus, another Christ,” said Fr. Ronel Taboso, parish priest of Sto. Niño Parish, underscoring the mission of the faithful.

He said that by virtue of one’s baptism, a Catholic should strive to be “another Christ”.

This, he said, is the essence of the celebration of the feast of Christ the King, which ends the liturgical year.

‘Little things with great love’

Doing personal daily acts of kindness, Taboso said, is one way to be “another Christ” to others.

“We don’t need to do spectacular things in life but simply helping in simple things,” he explained.

“Many of us cannot do great things but only little things done with great love,” added the priest.

“Works of love is works of peace,” he said, adding that service done in Christ’s name is an act of love, which brings peace.

“If Christ is our Lord, how come He did not produce more Christs? If birds can produce more birds, how come Christ did not produce more Christs?”

The priest revealed he would have asked the late Jaime Cardinal Sin this question had they met while the latter was still alive.

Taboso shared his reflections on the matter during an anticipated Mass celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King, King of the Universe.

This year’s Solemnity of the Christ the King also signals the end of the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis declared from Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016.

Last minute pilgrimages

The Holy Doors (Porta Sancta) in churches designated as such by local prelates for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, will likewise close.
Everyone, who were able to complete the pilgrimage to the identified jubilee churches within the Jubilee Year of Mercy, gained a plenary indulgence, which removes all temporal punishment due for sin.

In the Archdiocese of Palo, pilgrim churches which are closing their Holy Doors today are:

  • Our Lord’s Transfiguration Parish Church (Palo Cathedral);
  • Sto. Niño Parish Church (Tacloban);
  • Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Church (Tacloban);
  • St. Joseph Parish Church (Dagami, Leyte);
  • St. Francis Xavier Parish Church (Abuyog);
  • Holy Cross Parish Church (Carigara, Leyte);
  • Saints Peter and Paul Parish Church (Ormoc City);
  • St. Francis Xavier Parish Church (Ormoc City).

Hundreds of faithful on Nov. 19 went on a last hour pilgrimage to jubilee churches in the Archdiocese of Paolo in the hope of gaining a plenary indulgence.

Taboso said, plenary indulgences are usually given every 25 years, which makes the Jubilee Year of Mercy truly extraordinary and a special privilege to those who have availed of it.

A procession around the seaside parish will be held Nov. 20 in the evening to venerate the Christ the King.

The parish, through the parish pastoral and finance councils and the commissions of worship, education, social action, temporality, and youth, is likewise preparing for the incoming liturgical year designated as the “Year of Communion of Communities”.

It has been holding pastoral assemblies in all of its districts with the help of the basic ecclesial communities. (Eileen Nazareno-Balleteros / CBCP News)

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