NAGA City, Oct. 13, 2012—The Archdiocese of Caceres opened the solemn Year of Faith with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Archbishop-elect Rolando Tria-Tirona, OCD at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, October 11.
Archbishop-emeritus Leonardo Legaspi, OP explained during his homily that the archdiocesan celebration of Year of Faith aims to provide renewal and conversion through “an encounter of Christ, a deeper understanding of, and authentic witnessing to faith”.
The year-long celebration is divided into four thematic periods over the liturgical season. From October 2012-January 2013: Conversion through encounters of Grace; February- May 2013: Conversion through Fruits of Faith; June-September 2013: Conversion through Charity and Mercy; and October-November 2013: Conversion through the Service of Communion.
Images of patron saints were brought in procession at the beginning of the Mass as a reminder to the faithful of how ordinary people publicly professed their faith in extraordinary ways.
The patron saints were St. Peter Baptist, Patron of the Archdiocese; St. Lorenzo Ruiz, Patron of Catechists; Blessed Pedro Calungsod, Patron of the Youth and Second Patron of Catechists; El Divino Rostro and Ina, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the two popular devotions in the Archdiocese.
Caceres Clergy, religious groups of the Archdiocese, students, and the lay faithful participated in the opening Mass. (CBCPNews)