Cardinal Tagle urges all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary
MANILA, Feb. 24, 2017— In an unprecedented move, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called on all parishes in the Manila archdiocese to mark the EDSA People Power anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 25.’
He said the event should be done with “simplicity but deep” and coupled with public prayer events such as processions, rosary rallies, prayer worship, among others.
“What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground,” Tagle said.
He encouraged parish priests to incorporate the examination of persona and communal consciences, formation of conscience and repentance.
“Confessions and penitentiary services are also appropriate,” he said.
This is the first time in recent years that all parishes in Manila are urged to organize events to mark the 1986 peaceful mass uprising that overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
For several years, the commemorations were only held at the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, or more popularly, the EDSA Shrine.
Just like any “great event”, according to Tagle, the people power revolt has many aspects with various levels of meaning.
“For us in the Church, it was an event of people relying on their faith for social transformation,” he added.
“In full view of the world, the Filipino people showed the power of prayer that begets courage that begets solidarity that begets change.”
“Thirty-one years later we thank God for the gift of faith, as we also ask pardon for our personal and communal failure in consistently living that faith in justice, love and peace,” he said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)
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Tagle calls on all Manila parishes to mark EDSA anniversary on Saturday
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on all parishes in his archdiocese to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA Revolution on February 25.
Tagle made the call after Malacañang chose to mark anniversary of People Power in scaled down rites inside Camp Aguinaldo on February 24, instead of on February 25.
“As we join the whole Church in the Philippines in celebrating the Year of the Parish, I invite all parishes to a simple commemoration of EDSA People Power,” Tagle said in his Circular No. 2017-08 dated February 23 and sent to parishes in Manila.
He called on parishes and basic ecclesiastical communities to organize public prayer events such as processions, rosary rallies, prayer worship “that you find appropriate.”
“Please incorporate the examination of personal and communal consciences, formation of conscience and repentance. Confessions and penitentiary services are also appropriate,” Tagle said.
“We give every parish the freedom to plan and organize its commemoration with simplicity but depth. What is important is the space offered for a religious experience that could transform our parishioners on the ground,” he added.
The Manila archdiocese played a major role in the EDSA Revolution of 1986 since it was then Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin who first called on Filipinos to mass up on EDSA after military leaders withdrew support from the dictator Marcos.
“Once more we commemorate EDSA People Power on February 25, 2017. Just like any great events, it has many aspects with various levels of meaning. For us in the Church, it was an event of people relying on their faith for social transformation,” Tagle said.
“In full view of the world the Filipino people showed the power of prayer that begets courage that begets solidarity that begets change,” he added.
“Thirty-one years later we thank God for the gift of faith, as we also ask pardon for our personal and communal failure in consistently living that faith in justice, love and peace,” Tagle said.
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas earlier decried the attempts to “prostitute the meaning of EDSA.”
“For EDSA is not about the enemies of peace and democracy but the faith and bravery of a people who called upon the Lord in their distress and whose cry the Lord has heard from heaven. EDSA is our people’s cry and our God’s loving reply,” Villegas said in a letter he wrote to the Sin.
“You were firm to remind me even from your sickbed that EDSA is heroic courage and will always be. What the pimps of that spirit have done cannot remove the purity of EDSA’s valor and the nobility of its lesson. The EDSA spirit is pure worth celebrating always. It is people who have raped it,” he added. —Anna Felicia Bajo/NB, GMA News
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