MANILA, June 25, 2015 – Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called on Catholics in San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Makati, and Manila proper to take part in welcoming the “Pilgrim Symbol” of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress which is scheduled to make the rounds of his archdiocese (RCAM) from July 2 to 6, 2015.
In a recent circular, the prelate tasks parish priests, religious superiors, heads of secular institutes, lay associations, and mandated associations in RCAM to encourage their flock to join the welcoming ceremonies as part of the spiritual preparations for the big event to be held in Cebu City early next year.
“May I invite your parishioners, especially the members of the Adoración Nocturna Filipina and the Apostleship of Prayer and your liturgical ministers (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, greeters and collectors, altar servers, Mother Butler Guild and music ministry), to come to the Cathedral on the assigned date for your parish or community. From July 2 to 5, there will be a short catechesis and Holy Hour at 6:00 in the evening,” he says.
The Pilgrim Symbol is brought to the dioceses of the country in order to promote the forthcoming IEC, as well as to encourage the different local Churches to get involved.
“As an archdiocese we will welcome the pilgrim symbol at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral) on July 2-6, 2015,” Tagle shares.
“May I also invite you to the Welcome Mass on July 2, Thursday, 2:00 in the afternoon, and to the Farewell Mass on July 6, Monday, 12:00 noon,” he adds.
The schedule of the 51st IEC Pilgrimage Symbol visits in RCAM parishes is as follows:
- July 2 (Thursday)
Parishes of Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Pasay area, and Transparochial communities
- July 3 (Friday)
Parishes of Manila City
- July 4 (Saturday)
Seminaries and religious communities
Led by the Archdiocese of Cebu, it will be the second time the Philippines will host an International Eucharistic Congress, the 51st to date, from Jan. 24 to 31, 2016.
This spiritual gathering, which the country last hosted in 1937 in Manila during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI, is envisioned to provide opportunities for “experiencing and understanding the Eucharist as a transforming encounter with the Lord, as well as an occasion for the discovery and rediscovery of the faith.”
Cebu Archbishop José S. Palma has approved the use of the Cross of Magellan as the symbol of the Eucharistic Congress given the historic role it played in the Christianization of the Philippines.
According to an article posted on the official IEC website, the Cross of Magellan also represents the call to mission to all the Gentiles.
Christ’s love, compassion
“Although the means of evangelization in the past need to be purified, the Cross, itself a symbol of contradiction, will be the principle of its purification. The Cross of Christ becomes the way of the New Evangelization – proclamation of the love and compassion of Jesus through the witness of our lives,” it explains.
For updates, interested parties may visit iec2016.ph. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)