SIMBANG GABI 2011.
A Gospel Reflection on the 8th day of Simbang Gabi, Friday, December 23, 2011.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Tayong lahat ay may mga pangalan. Ang Pangalan natin ay merong kahulugan at may kinalaman sa ating misyon sa buhay.
Dito sa Ebanghelyong (Luke 1:57-66) binasa natin ngayong araw na ito ng Biyernes, 8th day of Simbang Gabi, December 23, 2011 ay pinangalanan si Juan Bautista. Ang Pangalan ni Juan ay ibig sabihin, GOD IS GRACIOUS. Dahil dito, ang misyon ni Juan Bautista ay ihanda ang daraanan ng panginoon sa pamamagitan ng kanyang pangangaral at pagbibinyag sa mga tao. Ang Pangangaral ni Juan Bautista ay nagdadala sa atin ng pagpapala ng diyos.
Sa buhay natin, marahil ang ating mga pangalan ay may kinalaman sa ating misyon sa buhay. Ang nagbibigay sa atin ng pangalan ay ang panginoon mismo. Hindi ang ating magulang ang nagbigay sa atin ng pangalan, sila ay mga instrumento lang ng panginoon. Kaya bago pa lang tayo naging tao at nasa sinapupunan pa lamang tayo ng ating ina ay kilala na tayo ng panginoon at ang panginoon mismo ay siyang nagbibigay sa atin ng pangalan. Ang iba diyan ang pangalan ay pinagsama ang pangalan ng tatay at nanay, ang iba diyan ang pangalan ay pangalan pa ng artista, ang iba diyan ang pangalan ay pangalan ng mga sasakyan gaya ng mitsubishi, mercedez at iba pa.
Kayong mga Magulang,
HUWAG KAYONG BASTANG NAGBIBIGAY NG PANGALAN SA ANAK NINYO,
BAGO KAYO MAGBIGAY NG PANGALAN SA ANAK NINYO AY KAUSAPIN NINYO MUNA ANG PANGINOON AT HUMINGI KAYO NG GABAY SA KANYA PARA TULUNGAN NIYA KAYO SA PAGBIBIGAY NG PANGALAN SA INYONG MGA ANAK.
SIMBANG GABI 2011
Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Who live by the example of St Dominic de Guzman, St Albert the Great, St Thomas Aquinas, St Vincent Ferrer, St Martin de Porres, St Peter de Verona, St Raymund of Penafort,St Vincent Liem dela Paz and the Companions of St Lorenzo Ruiz who died as martyrs.
Missionaries who evangelized Bataan, Pangasinan andCagayan. Religious Priests and Brothers who founded and work at the University of Sto Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, Laguna and Bataan, Aquinas University in Legazpi and the Angelicum College in Quezon City and Iloilo.
The only requirement is your willingness to try.
For details, please call Santo Domingo Convent at telephone number # 7126275 / 7437758 / 09156784728 or you may visit the Mother Church of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval – Santo Domingo Church and Convent, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
AM – 5:45*, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00 AM & 12:15 NN
PM – 6:00
* Rosary, Mass with Liturgy of the Hour
SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS:
AM – 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00*, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
PM – 4:00*, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00
* 8:00 am – Conventual Mass
* 4:00 pm – Parish Mass
MASS WITH BLESSING OF THE SICK AND DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD – every Tuesday right after 12:15 nn & 6:00 pm Mass.
WHO ARE THE LAY DOMINICANS?
The lay Dominicans or Secular Dominicans, as they are called today, (and who in the past have been known as Dominican Tertiaries, members of the Third Orders of St. Dominic, or members of the Order of Penance of St. Dominic) are ‘an Association of the faithful living in the world, who participate in the religious and apostolic life of the Order of Friars Preachers under the guidance of the Dominican Brethren and according to the Rule approved by the Holy See and thus strive for Christian Perfection.’ Although the word profession is often used, they do not take vows and, therefore, cannot be strictly called religious; yet, in a wide sense, they may be called religious living in the world. (R.Vahey, OP,Information)
‘Their vocation is superior to membership in a sodality or confraternity because it includes canonical status in a major religious Order and embraces a more universal objective’ (J.Rubba OP, Third Order of St. Dominic)
It is composed of Lay people, men and women, single and married, who live in and are a sign to the World.
(Excerpts from: Lay Dominicans Manual by:Eladio Neira, OP p29)
From the very beginning of the Order of Preachers, there are already groups of Lay people that participates in the apostolic works and associates themselves with the dominican friars. accordingly, “it has its origin in one of the twelfht century penitential movements which centered around St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers gathered around himself groups of Lay People for the spiritual and material defense of the Church and, ultimately for the participation in the Apostolate. (E.Neira, O.P.) “Thus, it is not surprising that the “history” of the Third Order does not begin in 1285, when the Master General Munio de Zamora officially promulgated its Rule, nor back to the early years of the 13th century, when St. Dominic lived and worked. The “history” of the Third Order goes back many decades before that. To understand what the Third Order is and whence it came, we have to look at the Church of the Middle Ages and the society in which it lived.” (Richard Weber)
it was known then to be the Order of Penitents of St. Dominic, Third Order of St. Dominic, and now as “Lay Dominican Fraternities”.
REQUISITE FOR ADMISSION:
The Dominican Lay Fraternity taps the vocation of men and women (Single or Married with the consent of spouse) to live a life of STUDY, PRAYER and APOSTOLIC WORK according to his / her own state of life.
1. Well disposed person
2. Practicing Catholic
3. Living a devout life and good refute
4. At least 18 years of age
5. Sincerely desirous of christian perfection
6. Can present a letter of recommendation from his/her parish priest
7. Must not belong to any other religious congregation or with another third order
8. Must be willing to attend meetings and study regularly
Any interested party may ask to be interviewed by any Lay Dominican of the Santo Domingo Fraternity. Regular council and Chapter meeting is held every First Sunday of the month from 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm at Santo Domingo Church – National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. For details, pls call Santo Domingo Convent at # 7126271 or text at # 09154855915
SPREAD THE WORD! BE A DOMINICAN LIVING IN THE WORLD!