PASIG City, Nov. 17, 2016 – Instead of gazing at the sky in search of a “supermoon”, members of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) school community chose to remain “down to earth” to celebrate the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, adding a special touch with one of a kind “floral carpets.”
As a fitting way to cap the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, UA&P held on Nov. 10 a public adoration of Jesus Christ with the Holy Eucharist brought in solemn procession in the corridors and hallways of the school.
But unlike the usual Eucharistic processions held in many places on the Solemnity of Christ the King, the school community distinguished itself by laying elaborate floral carpets along the procession route.
Flower carpets for the Lord
“While very important persons (VIPs) get to walk on a red carpet, we show our Lord that He is even more important than them by lining His path with flowers,” pointed out UA&P Student Affairs Officer Arianne Vito Cruz.
“Along the route ‘flower girls’ sprinkle flower petals along the path of the Eucharistic procession while the more prominent areas of the route are covered with floral carpets,” she added.
“The floral carpets are composed of flower petals and fillers made of colored sawdust and leaves. Every year, different sets of designs are made, depending on the year’s theme,” said the school official.
According to Vito Cruz, this year’s Eucharistic procession theme, “The Eucharist, the Risen Christ, present and living in our families”, was chosen in line with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ declaration of the Year of the Eucharist and the Family.
A community-wide activity
“Assembling the floral carpets is a community activity,” shared Eucharistic procession designs committee head Yoko Hashimoto.
“A few days before the Eucharistic procession, volunteers separate the petals from the flowers and keep them in a cold room. On my part, I put together the sheets of Manila paper and draw the designs on them.”
“The Manila paper, which would serve as the pattern for the floral arrangements, were laid out on the ground only a day before the procession to allow people to walk on the areas covered by the route,” she added.
“Once finished, the floral carpets are covered with plastic sheets. Water is periodically sprayed onto the carpets so that the flowers will stay fresh until the actual procession,” explained Hashimoto.
“Preparing for the Eucharistic procession is not merely a task to be accomplished for the sake of an event,” the sophomore student said, stressing the significance of the students and staff’s efforts for the Eucharistic procession.
“It is a venue for the whole university community to come together to express their creativity and live out our motto, ‘UNITAS’ (Unity), while offering it all to God,” the young student added.
For the benefit of the public, a special time-lapse video of the UA&P Eucharistic procession preparations is available on its Facebook page. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)