On May 23, eve of Pentecost Sunday, the Dominican Province of the Holy Rosary and the Parish Community of Santuario del Sto. Cristo in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines led by 'Kadang Dominiko Youth Ministry officially opened its celebration of the Dominican Jubilee Year marking the 800th year of the foundation of the Order of Preachers by St. Dominic.
It is the best time to open the festivities for the Parish not only because the young Dominicans are on vacation giving them more time to prepare for the events but it will also give the Parish Community more time to reflect on the message of the Jubilee Year. The date is also significant as it coincides with the opening of the first Dominican General Chapter in Bologna on May 1220, Pentecost Sunday. A series of activities are lined up in the coming months leading to November 7, 2015, Feast of All Saints of the Order.
The May 23 celebration started with a motorcade in the morning to fetch the Pilgrim Image of the Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, the Mother of all Dominicans in the Philippines, at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. The Pilgrim Image was officially welcomed with a paraliturgy before the Opening Mass of the Jubilee concelebrated by the members of the Province. After the Mass, the youth presented the serenata -- a concert in tribute to the members of the Dominican Family. During the concert, Fr. Raymond Mi, OP, Prior of the Convento de la Sta. Cruz of the Province of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, declared the opening of the Jubilee. Following is the complete text of his message:
The Order of Preachers, confirmed in 1216 by Pope Honorius III, is now celebrating a Jubilee Year with the theme "Sent to preach the Gospel".
The Jubilee Year has its origin in the Scriptures. It always comes as a time of grace, of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. It is always a big celebration of peace, freedom and great joy. At the heart of the Jubilee is the attentive listening to the Spirit of God for collective and personal renewal.
In the same spirit, since 2005, the Dominican Family worldwide has been preparing a jubilee year of 2016, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the confirmation of the Order by Pope Honorius III.
Anticipating that great joy, I, on behalf of the Dominican Family, officially declare the opening of the jubilee year in the Parish of the Santuario del Sto. Cristo.
We encourage and invite all of you to whom we are sent to join with us in celebrating this historic milestone, to savour the grace of God's love and mercy in this year of the great jubilee.
A Parish logo for the Jubilee celebrations was designed by Ms. Liberty Gallo-Austria and Mr. Marlon Antolin, members of ‘Kadang Dominiko. The logo illustrates a church being built hand in hand signifying a commitment to be part of making a stronger Church through preaching the Gospel and owning a declaration that “We are the Church.” An image of St. Dominic is shown at the right side that serves as our guiding light with the official logo of the Jubilee Year reflected at the lower left side.
May the Holy Spirit guide us all as we are “sent to preach the Gospel.”
(30 June 2015)