MANILA, March 24, 2015—The new book the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Commission on Liturgy released Tuesday, March 23, invites the faithful to a renewed appreciation of the “beauty and depth” of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ by immersing themselves in it during the forthcoming Holy Week, a priest noted.
Entering the Mystery
Featuring photographs by veteran Church photographer Noli Yamsuan of retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales presiding over the Paschal Triduum during his years as head of the RCAM, with commentaries by his Benedictine liturgist-friend Fr. Anscar Chupungco, Fr. Genaro Diwa, head of the Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgy (ACL), stressed the book calls on Catholics to “enter more deeply into the Paschal Mystery.”
Not only rituals
“[That’s why] when you look at the pictures in the book, you will see a man not only ritualizing but [one] who has already entered into this, and expresses that to us, invites us to join him in the celebration of the Paschal Mystery,” he said.
57 years as priest
In his speech during its launch, Diwa said the book honors the two priests whose love for the Paschal Mystery is boundless: Rosales, who also marked his 57th sacerdotal anniversary, and the late Chupungco, whom Diwa looks up to as his “father” and “beloved mentor.”
Gift to the Father
Recalling his ordination, he said priests resolve to conform each day of their lives to the Paschal mystery of Christ.
According to him, this conformity is manifested in its fullest in the celebration of the Church in the Paschal Triduum, which celebrates neither only something liturgical nor something ritual, but one that expresses their lives as priests “as gift to the Father in obedience filled with love like Jesus.”
Love for Paschal Mystery
“I believe that throughout the 57 years of the living out of the priesthood of His Eminence, Cardinal Dency [Rosales], this is something that has been going in him, and that’s why even in his ministry among us, he would always tell us: Paschal Mystery,” he said.
‘Christ living in me’
“From that time until this time, the Paschal Triduum, it is the Paschal Mystery and it is Christ, and liturgically, visually we enter into that during the Paschal Triduum,” he added.
Diwa expressed hope that one day as they celebrated the Paschal Triduum, each faithful can already say, as St. Paul did before them, that “It is no longer I, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20).
Entitled “Holy Week and the Easter Triduum,” the photo book sells at Php 200 at the Arzobispado de Manila, Intramuros, sales of which will go to the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy.
Also present in the book launch were incumbent Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, other members of the clergy, and RCAM employees. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)