VATICAN City, Oct. 22, 2012—Aside from demonstrating the strongest presence at St. Peter’s Square yesterday, Filipinos —from the religious to the laity—gave all out support for the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod and even during the pre-canonization liturgical services.
Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, and Agana Archbishop Anthony Apuron concelebrated with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI at yesterday’s mass.
Monsignor Ildebrando Jesus Leyson (Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Blessed Pedro Calungsod), Fr. Robert Prevost, OSA (Superior General of the Order of Saint Augustine), and Fr. Miguel Angel Orcasitas, OSA (Assistant Superior General) also concelebrated with the pope.
A good number of Filipinos also took part in the liturgical celebration yesterday. Seminarians studying in Rome, for example, assisted in the Eucharistic celebration while a Filipina, Mary Rose Maghuyop, read one of the Prayers for the Faithful in Cebuano.
Days before the canonization, the University of Visayas Chorale flew in from Cebu to sing at the Triduum masses to celebrate the event.
For the thanksgiving mass this morning, the Mandaue Children and Youth Choir also came all the way from the Philippines to sing at the Eucharistic celebration, which was held in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The canonization rite was a brief ceremony within the Eucharistic celebration which started at 10 a.m. (Rome time).
After the canonization, the Filipino community participated as well in the praying of vespers and in a procession at the Church of Santa Pudenziana, which is the Filipino National Church in Rome. [Aaron James R. Veloso/CBCPNews]