CARRANGLAN, Nueva Ecija, Sept. 7, 2015 – Provided they meet the necessary conditions, participants in the forthcoming celebration of the 5th Jubilee anniversary of the Church in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on Sept. 10 are guaranteed to receive a blessing: a plenary indulgence.
“This year, we will be commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the foundation of the Church of Carranglan … Since this is the 5th Golden Jubilee of the Parish, the Church will also be declared a Jubilee Church. As such, plenary indulgence are promised to those who will come and join the celebration … Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas will come over to announce the Jubilee Year and to symbolically open the Jubilee Door,” shared Fr. Richard P. Lagos, one of the organizers of the event.
Carranglan locals are also set to mark the 710th death anniversary of their town’s protector, St. Nicholas of Tolentine.
“We would to invite everyone specially those who are devotees of St. Nicholas of Tolentine to come and be with us in this grace-filled celebration of the Church of Carranglan. This event is a moment of grace not only for the people of Carranglan but for the whole Church,” Lagos said.
In line with this, he noted the townsfolk look forward to observing the 1st San Nicolas Tinapay Festival.
According to the priest, the celebration seeks to highlight the miraculous life of the saint who is known also as the patron saint of the souls in purgatory, the youth, and mariners.
“I personally crafted the idea through the inspiration of St. Nicholas and the long tradition of giving away bread on his feast day. Realizing that the first residents of Carranglan were indigenous minorities, I thought of coming out with a festival that will try to relive the history of the people of carranglan, as well as to reemphasize the wealth of culture and traditions of the town,” Lagos explained.
The priest expressed hope the first Tinapay Festival will succeed at touching the lives not only of Carranglan locals, but also of visitors who will take part in the festivities.
More Jubilees to come
“Also, this festival will be a sort of marker in reckoning and anticipating the next jubilees – every 25 years,” he said.
“This festival is unlike any other given that it is deeply rooted in the life of St. Nicholas, the patron of Carranglan and of the entire parish community,” Lagos added. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)