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Circular 2019-1: Young Jesus with the Young

YOUNG JESUS WITH THE YOUNG

Pastoral Letter for the 2019 Year of the Youth in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan looking forward to the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of Lingayen in 2028

My dear people of God:

We all need companions all the time. In infancy and childhood, from puberty to adulthood, in our career paths and life choices, in sickness unto our deathbed–we all need to be accompanied. Life would be impossible if we went through it alone. The Year 2019 is TABIN Year for the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan. As Catholic Philippines observes 2019 as Year of the Youth looking forward to the five hundredth anniversary of the first baptism and first Mass in the Philippines, we in Lingayen Dagupan offer to our youth the Church as companion, kalakbay. TABIN.

Walking TOGETHER

It happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. (Luke 24:15-16)

In this walking together with the youth, it is important to renew our appreciation for three very important interlinked institutions—the family, the school and the parish. The youth must be given avenues to participate in the mission of evangelization in the parish. It has been said that the face of God is mercy. Today we say that at the forefront of the Church of mercy are the faces of the young. Let us give the Church a young face. Let us give the youth a space to be heard because true love listens. The first step to walking with the youth is listening to them.

There is a healthy kind of restlessness among the youth which we cannot just dismiss in the parishes, schools and families. This restlessness can inject greater dynamism to our parishes that oftentimes favor the status quo more than the missionary passion. I encourage our priests and educators, parents and guardians to allow the youth to express this creative restlessness with an encouraging welcome and a respectful accompaniment. Oftentimes, we Church elders engender impatience among the youth because of our slow, domineering and dragging pastoral approaches.

In 2019, we dream of the Church in Lingayen Dagupan as young Jesus among the young.

Learning TOGETHER

Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. (Luke 24:27)

In 2018, I invite my fellow pastors and parents to adopt an attitude of learning WITH the youth and FROM the youth. When the educated and the academically titled start to recognize that Jesus is the only lesson we need to learn and the only weapon we have against evil, then we have started the journey of renewal. Some youth are students but all youth are our teachers. They teach us new zeal and missionary passion. The questions that young people ask us priests challenge us to be better. When the young criticize us priests, I encourage you my brother priests to listen to their young voices as the voice of Christ himself calling us to conversion and renewal. All young people are in God’s heart even if some of them do not share our visions of life. An attitude of humility and willingness to listen will open new avenues of renewal for us.

Our youth need to teach us the power of the cyberspace digital world while we their elders in turn must accompany them in this daily reality of their young lives. The youth can be at the forefront of using the power of the worldwide web to spread true information, to promote socio-political engagement according to the Gospel values and to be good citizens of the nation. In entering cyberspace with the young, we their elders can protect them from the dark web of isolation, manipulation, exploitation, cyberbullying and pornography.

Young Jesus with the young teaching the teachers!

Proclaiming TOGETHER

Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke 24: 35)

The compass of youth ministry is a missionary spirit. We envision 2019 as year of young Jesus with the young telling the world of His love. Youth ministry cannot be confined to a handful of youth in the parish hall or the campus ministry office. We must serve and teach those who do not feel welcome in the Church.

Let us be reminded that people turn to the Lord not because of eloquent preaching but through inspiring life examples. Saint Paul VI put it most eloquently “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. It is primarily by her conduct and by her life that the Church will evangelize the world (EV,41).

The Church has been severely hurt and wounded by the sins of her priests against the youth and against the Church. Despite the limitations of us their elders in the Church, we have not been lacking in heroic young leaders in our parishes and schools who serve without pay or recognition. We their spiritual shepherds are humbled by the sterling enthusiastic love of our youth.

2019 Year of the Lord

Every day is the Lord’s. All ages and seasons belong to Him. Every year is year of the Lord. In celebrating 2019 as Tabin Year of the Youth, may we recognize in the youth the face of the Lord.

To the parents, teachers and priests: The young Jesus is among the young. Let the young teach us as we teach them. Let the young show us the face of Jesus as we keep on trying to love them like Jesus.

To the young: Show us Jesus and be our guide to see Him more clearly, to love Him more dearly, to follow Him more nearly.

Amen.

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, January 1, 2019

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Be Careful against Many Anti-Christs

BE CAREFUL AGAINST MANY ANTICHRISTS

An open letter to Seth my godson on New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018Be

Dear Seth,

Nothing is easy these days when it comes to rearing children like you. You are subjected to so much vulgarity and violence that I fear you might catch the wrong values which can ruin your future as a good Filipino and as a good child of God.

My first advice to you is pray constantly and go to Mass as frequently as you can, if possible even daily. Do not listen to him who tells you it is useless to go to Church and attend Mass. Whoever teaches you that is antiChrist and there are many of them, including those who look at it is a joke. They are not for Christ. They are against Christ.

Inaanak, the name of God is sacred. Promise me never ever to disrespect the name of God. You might not be able to understand God always. Our minds are too limited. Do not force the infinite God to fit into our limited minds. They who call God stupid is antiChrist. Pray for these people but do not imitate them. Respect them as elders but do not follow their bad example.

You have a godly father who respects your titas and your Mama. Treat all women and girls with respect, in fact, even with reverence. Do not laugh when older men make fun of women. That is vulgar and if you laugh or imitate them, you become vulgar yourself. Rape is not a joke. Immodesty is not laughing matter. Respect girls and women always. You have no excuse to abuse women specially the poor women.

Never call people names nor use cuss words even as expressions. Dirty words that come out of your mouth—foul language, lies, gossips, slander, malicious jokes—make you crass and ungentlemanly. Shameless crass people use such dirty words. Do not imitate. They are antiGod; they cannot be honorable. God wants you to be refined and honorable. I have great dreams for you.

Do not ever try drugs. Say no to friends who might offer you drugs. You kill yourself slowly by doing that. Drug users and drug addicts are sick. They need treatment and help in order to be well again. Do not believe those who offer killing as a solution. People who kill and people who coax others to kill are antiGod. They are antiChrist. Christ came to give us new life, eternal life.

Finally Seth, respect the Pope and my fellow priests and bishops because we are signs of God’s love for you. We are not spotless like angels but in our weaknesses, God still uses us for His mission. Walang silbi? Yes we are but if we are able to do anything good at all, all is because of God’s mercy. In mocking priests and bishops, you do what antiChrists do. Be a loyal son of the Catholic Church.

Keep the rosary in your pocket each time you leave the house; your mother’s name is Mary. Carry a handkerchief in your other pocket. That is a mark of good manners.

Don’t play with firecrackers tonight. Keep safe. Happy new year!

Ninong Father Soc

Stand up for the Newborn Jesus: Christmas Message 2018

STAND UP FOR THE NEWBORN JESUS!

Message of Archbishop Socrates B Villegas to the People of God in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan on the occasion of Christmas December 25, 2018

It is Christmas. It means that God has become like us in all things except sin. God has embraced our hunger and poverty. God has joined us in our aches and adversities.  God is not far. He is near. He has emptied himself of glory and wrapped himself with our human dirt and ugliness so that we may be wrapped by his robe of mercy. It was so courageous of God to allow himself to born like us.

It is Christmas. We are happy and we have hope in spite of the darkness we see. This darkness is not godly. This is the same darkness that rejected Christ when he was born two thousand years ago.

There is violence against political opponents. The statistics of unsolved murders continues to rise. There are more drugs to buy. There are more criminals set free and the opponents are threatened with imprisonment. Everything is turned into a bad joke. The poor are poorer and the rich are getting poor. We scold children who bully their fellow children but we laugh at elderly bullies who flaunt vulgar humor. We your bishops are called “walang silbi” and you have been encouraged to kill us. You are admonished to stay home and not go to the Church because you will just see hypocrites at Mass who worship a stupid God. Accusations are hurled at innocent people without any basis at all. Fake news is unrelenting and the bashers against the truthful are shameless. Where are the true believers of Christ?

How long must we endure these? What is Christmas for? Is this what we have become as a Catholic nation? The answer must be NO! We must resist the spread of vulgarity and the contagion of violence. There is no Christmas hope for the cowards and the timid. Christmas demands that we stand up bravely for the Lord!

Christmas is about the courage of God to defeat evil by the power of love. The greater enemy to fight is cowardice and timidity. Tolerance is not a virtue. Tolerance of evil makes us accomplices. It is vulgar to laugh at vulgarity!

Christmas proclaims that the “walang silbi” are cared for not killed. The infants and the sick, the handicapped and the elderly, they seem walang silbi, but they are our treasures as a nation. This is what the angels taught when they announced Christ’s birth. How we treat the weak shows our real character. Let us resist the culture of abuse with the mercy and tenderness of Christ.

Christmas teaches us that the killing people who kill people is not human. Killing is the solution offered by jungle justice not by civilized societies. Herod wanted to kill Goodness and Love. We must be like the angel who led the Child and his parents into safety away from murder. In solving problems by killing, we side with Herod not with Christ.

Christmas invites us to return to childlike innocence and resist the erosion of good manners. There is joy in being innocent like the Child in the manger. When we hear vulgarity, stand up and proclaim the greater power of the innocence of a child. When we hear children curse, turn them away from the bad examples they see and bring them to the Child in the crib. Vulgarity is contrary to Christmas.

When women are taunted for being women, let us confront this violence against womanhood through the nobility of the Virgin Mary. When violent words are thrown at women and indecent gestures are offered to them, speak up and defend. The spirit of Christmas is contrary to the indecencies that our women are being subjected to.

Christmas is a feast of joy. It must also be a feast of courage—courage to stand up for Jesus and defend what He taught us through the Christmas story. Let us stand up against vulgarity with the powerful innocence of the Christ Child. Let us defend human life by siding with Jesus and not applauding Herod. Let us stand up for womanhood best taught us by the purity of the Virgin Mary.

Jesus took the courage to become like us. Let us now take fullest courage to stand up for what he taught us. Christmas is not a shabu to make us forget for few moments our aches and woes. The greatest story ever told must be retold with greatest courage. Stand up for life. Stand up for purity. Stand up for human dignity. We cannot find Christmas joy in timidity and cowardice. Stand up and choose the Lord!

Take courage so that your Christmas may be truly merry!

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, December 24, 2018

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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PANGASINAN TRANSLATION

IYAGEL SO KAPANYANAK A JESUS!

Message of Archbishop Socrates B Villegas to the People of God in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan on the occasion of Christmas December 25, 2018

Christmas la. Say kabaliksan to ya et say Dios so nagmaliw a singa sikatayo likud ed kasalanan. Nilakap na Dios ingen so kairapan tan eras tayo. Akikasakey so Dios ed saray likliknaen tan saray segsegang tayo. Aliwan arawi so Dios. Say Dios so asingger ed sikatayo. Nilakseb To so kagalangan tan binalkot Toy Dili To na dutak tan kakapoyan na too pian nabalkot tayo na Kawes Toy Panangasi. Ontan lay inkabiskeg na linawa’y Dios diad inpanabuloy Toy Dili ton niyanak a singa sikatayo.

Christmas la. Maliket tan walay ilalo tayo anggaman say nanenengneng tayo et kabilongetan. Sayan kabilongetan et aliwan maka-Dios. Sayan kabilongetan et nan-waklit ed si Cristo nen Sikato so inyanak dwan libon taon la so apalabas.

Walay panag-paoges ed saray kalaban ed politika. Ondadakel iray bilang na panag-patey ya anggapo’y kalinewan. Ondarakel so drogan sasaliwen. Ondarakel iray kriminal ya makakapaway tan saray kalaban so tataktakoten ya ipa-priso. Amin la et pagmamaliwen ya makapoy a panag-paelek. Mas mani-irap iray walad kairapan tan saray mayaman so nanairapan met la. Pamapasnokan tayo ray mamo-bully ya ogogaw balet elekan tayo labat iray matatakken ya mamo-bully tan manlalastog ed say bastos ya panag-paelek.

Sikami ran Obispo yo so tinawag ya “walang silbi” o “anggapoy kakanaan”. Tan sikayo so iinganyoen ya pateyen kami. Babagaan ton sikayo so manayam et abong tan ag onlad Simbaan lapud wala ray naneng-neng yon hipokrito ed Misa ya mangidadayew ed Dios ya tinawag a “istupido”. Wala ray palsa ed inosenten totoo ya anggapoy balot a katunongan. Fake news so ag-ontonda tan saray bashers so anggapoy kababaingan da ed saray walad katwaan. Kawalaan daray twan mananisia nen Cristo?

Anggan kapigan tayon tepelan iraya? Anto so kabaliksan na Christmas? Onya la kasi so nagmaliwan tayo lan bansan sakey a Katoliko? Say nepeg ya ebat et ANDI! Nepeg ya labanan so ikakayat na kinabastos tan violence. Anggapoy ilalo na Christmas para saray matakot tan inkatalaw. Kaukolan na Christmas ya sikatayo so masebeg ya onalagey para say Katawan!

Say Christmas et nipakaar ed say kabiskegan na linawa na Dios ya taloen so kaogsan na pakapanyari na panangaro. Say mas baleg ya kalabanen et say pakatatakot tan inkatalaw. Say panag-paolian ed say kaogsan et pagmamaliwen ton minononong tayod kaogsan. Bastos so onelek ed kabastosan!

Ibebelyaw na Christmas ya saray “walang silbi” so asikasoen, aliwan pateyen. Saray ogogaw tan mansasakit, saray matakken ya bibirbiren ya “walang silbi, so kayamanan na bansa tayo. Saya so inbangat na saray anghel nen ipaamta day inkianank nen Cristo. No panon so panag-asikaso tayo rad saray “walang silbi” so mangibabalikas na twan walna tayo. Labanan tayo so kultura na panag-abuso diad panamegley na panangasi tan panag-abagey nen Cristo.

Ibabangat na Christmas ya say panagpatey na toon managpatey et  kagagaway aliwan too. Say panagpatey so solusyon na say katongan diad takel, aliwan sibilisadon totoo. Labay nen Herodes ya pateyen so Kamaungan tan Panangaro. Nepeg ya singa tayo anghel ya angiwanwan tan mangiyagel ed say Ogaw tan say ateng To ed pakarisgo’d panagpatey. Pipilaan tayo si Herodes aliwan si Cristo no say solusyon tayod saray problema et panagpatey.

Tatangoyoren itayo na Christmas ya ompawil ed say inka-inosente na ogaw tan labanan so pakadederal na maong ya ogali. Walay liket ed say inka-inosente a singa samay Ogaw ed atotong. No walay narengel tayon kabastosan, labanan tan ibawag so mas mabiskeg a pakapanyari na inka-inosente na ogaw. No walay narengel tayon ogogaw ya manaayew, iyarawi rad makapoy ya oliran ya naneneng-neng da tan awiten irad say Ogaw ya walad atotong. Say panag-ayew tan inkabastos so sumlang ed Christmas.

No saray bibii so babalawen lapud say inka-bii ra, arapen iyan makapoy ya gawan laban ed saray bibii diad panamegley na inkaoyamo nen Birhen Maria. No wala ray makasinagem ya salita so ibabagad saray bibii tan aliwaliwan kiwas so ipapanengneng ed sikara, mansalita tan ilaban ira. Say ispirito na Christmas et sumlang ed say panag-bastos ed saray bibii tayo.

Say Christmas et fiesta na liket. Saya met komon et fiesta na kabiskegan na linawa — masibeg ya onalagey para si Jesus tan ilaban iray bangat To diad pananamegley na istorya na Christmas. Labanan tayo so kabastosan diad panamegley na pakapanyari na inka-inosente nen Niño Jesus. Iyagel tayo’y inkabii unong ed say bangat na inkalimgas nen Birhen Maria.

Masibeg ya nagmaliw a too si Jesus. Walad sikatayo so kagnapan a biskeg na linawa ya mangiyagel ed saray inbangat Tod sikatayo. Say Christmas et aliwan shabu pian nalingwanan tayo iray sakit tan pagpaga tayo. Say sankamaongan ya istoryan insalaysay so nepeg ya uliten lamet ed sankabalegan a biskeg na linawa. Iyagel so bilay. Iyagel so kalimgasan. Iyagel so dignidad. Ag naalmo so liket na Christmas ed takot tan inkatalaw. Mangiyagel tan pilien so Katawan!

Ag ontatakot pian say Christmas yo et twan maliket!

Diad Katedral na San Juan Ibanghelista, Dagupan City, Disiembre 24, 2018.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Arsobispo na Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2018-17: Attire of Women EMHC

September 28, 2018

Memorial of San Lorenzo and Santo Domingo Ybanez

ALD Circular 2018-17

RE: Attire of Women EMHC

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

The Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan decreed that Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion shall be lay persons between 25 to 60 years old who have received all the sacraments of Christian initiation. (Title IV Chapter 1, Article 46.2).

This decree effectively opened this lay ministry to women. Some parishes have installed women Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion last Pentecost Sunday.

For the sake of pastoral order and liturgical decorum, the women EMHC must observe the following norms with regard to attire:

1.   The standard attire for women EMHC when assisting at Mass is long sleeved white blouse and below the knee black skirt. The long sleeved blouse is matches the long sleeved barong Tagalog of the men EMHC.

2.   The women should refrain from wearing heavy facial make up, perfumes, coiffed hair and ornate jewelries.

Saint Paul admonished women in these words I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. (1 Tim 2:9-10)

3.   It is forbidden for women EMHC to wear pants or slacks when assisting at Mass. For the sake of stability when walking, the women EMHC are kindly advised to avoid wearing high-heeled shoes to avoid tripping while doing their ministry.

4.   The practice of monthly confession, frequent Communion and family rosary is the best attire that our women EMHC must always strive to wear.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. (1Peter 3:2-5)

I commend all our women Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

 

Question and Answer Catechism on the Canonical Coronation of Mary Help of Christians

Who is Mary Help of Christians?

Mary Help of Christians is the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. She has many titles like Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Manaoag. She has another title Help of Christians but she is the same Virgin Mary. Mary is the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Why do we worship Mary?

We do not worship Mary. Only God can be worshipped but we revere Mary as Mother of God. Mary is a creature like us. In faith she is our mother. If we honor our parents, in the same way, we honor our spiritual mother. She is the Virgin Mary. We have two reasons for revering Mary—she is the Mother of the Lord Jesus and she is our spiritual mother.

Is it in the Bible that we should honor Mary?

Yes in the Gospel of Saint Luke 1:29 the angel greeted her Hail full of grace. When we honor Mary, we follow the example of the angel who was the spokesman of God. It was God who honored Mary first, not us human beings.

Is it sinful to make images of saints?

In the Old Testament, it is indeed forbidden to make graven images (Ex.20:4). But since God Himself took human form in the face of Jesus Christ, the prohibition against images was repealed in the New Testament. Because God has become man, God is no longer absolutely unimaginable.

Why is Mary called Help of Christians?

The first person to invoke this title of the Virgin Mary was Saint John Chrysostom recorded in the year 345. The title Help of Christians came to be identified with winning battles for Christianity most specially the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Pope Pius VII under threat of persecution and imprisonment by Napoleon invoked the protection of Mary Help of Christians. The Pope attributed the safety of the papacy from the attacks of Napoleon to Mary Help of Christians in 1815.

Why is Mary called Helper?

Our first and only helper is God. Among all creatures, the Virgin Mother stands out from all the rest as the person who has received greatest help from the Creator. Her Immaculate Conception is through God’s help. Her virginity is a fruit of God’s help. Her motherhood is from God’s help. Her assumption to heaven is through the help of God. Mary can help because God has helped her. If God ignored Mary, she would not be any better than us, helpless sinners. All that Mary can do is because of God’s help. Mary is Help of Christians because God is the helper of all.

What is the relevance of Mary Help of Christians today?

From the accounts of Church history, the Marian title Help of Christians is related to troubled times and distressful eras from which the Church had been spared. When anti-Christian forces intimidate the Church, Mary Help of Christians comes to our help. Those anti-Christian forces still attack the Church such as the culture of death, the destruction of family life, the loss of the sense of sin and many more.

What is a canonical coronation?

It is a favor granted by the Pope to a particular Marian image in any part of the world that has contributed to the growth of Christian piety and devotion. The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on the authority of the Pope mandates that a Marian image be decorated with a crown and diadems as a recognition of the role of the image in fomenting Christian devotion.

Is this the first time to happen in Pangasinan?

No. The first coronation of a Marian image held in Pangasinan was celebrated on April 21, 1926 when the Apostolic Delegate Guiglelmo Pianni canonically crowned on behalf of Pope Pius XI the image of Our Lady of Manaoag. The Archbishop of Manila, Michael O’Dougherty crowned the image of the Child Jesus in the arms of Our Lady.

Where did the image of Mary Help of Christians come from?

Although the devotion to Mary Help of Christians is popularly connected to Saint John Bosco, the devotion of the Diocese of Lingayen in fact started formally in 1928 when Bishop Cesar Maria Guerrero received the image as a gift for the newly created diocese. Bishop Guererro initially wanted to put our seminary under the patronage of Saint Alphonsus Liguori but he later changed it to Mary Help of Christians.

When will the canonical coronation happen?

It will happen on August 22 this year at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist so that more people can witness the historic occasion. The Apostolic Nuncio who represents Pope Francis will preside at the coronation rites.

Where can we venerate the image after her coronation on August 22?

The image of Mary Help of Christians will be enshrined at the Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary in Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan. We will put up a small shrine behind the seminary chapel so that pilgrims can come to venerate her without disrupting the seminary silence and discipline. Every year, the image will be transferred to the Cathedral every August 22 to celebrate the coronation fiesta.

Why do we need to crown Mary Help of Christians?

Mary does not need our coronation. God has already honored her and we cannot add more honors than God has bestowed on her. We crown her to remind us that humility is the crown of all virtues. The best way to show our love to the Virgin Mary is to imitate her. True Marian devotion is Marian imitation of her virtues.

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Sino si Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano?

Si Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano ay ang Inang Birheng Maria.  Marami siyang titulo katulad ng Birhen ng Lourdes, Birhen ng Fatima, Birhen ng Manaoag.  Meron siyang ibang titulo katulad ng Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano pero ito ay tumutukoy pa rin sa ating Inang Birheng Maria.  Si Maria ay ang Ina ng ating Panginoong HesusKristo.

Bakit natin sinasamba si Maria?

Hindi natin sinasamba si Maria.  Tanging ang Panginoon lamang ang sinasamba pero pinaparangalan natin si Maria bilang Ina ng Diyos.  Si Maria ay nilalang din na katulad natin.  Sa pananampalataya siya ay ating ina.  Kung iginagalang natin ang ating mga magulang , ganoon din naman ay iginagalang din natin ang ating ispiritwal na ina.  Siya ay ang Birheng Maria.  Mayroon tayong dalawang rason kung bakit natin pinangangaralan si Maria – siya ay Ina ng ating Panginoong Hesus at siya ay ang ating ispiritwal na ina.

Nasa Bibliya ba na dapat nating kilalanin si Maria?

Oo.  Sa Ebanghelyo ni San Lukas 1:29 siya ay binati ng anghel bilang napupuno ng grasya.  Kapag ating pinararangalan si Maria, sumusunod tayo sa halimbawa ng anghel na siyang tagapaghatid ng mensahe ng Diyos.  Ang Diyos ang unang nagparangal kay Maria hindi tayong mga tao.

Kasalanan ba ang lumilok ng mga imahe ng mga santo?

Sa Lumang Tipan, hindi ipinapahintulot ang umukit ng mga larawan (Ex.20:4).  Subalit noong nagkatawang tao ang Diyos sa pamamagitan ng mukha ni Hesu-Kristo, ang pagbabawal sa pag uukit ng mga imahe ay pinawalng-bisa sa Bagong Tipan.  Ito ay dahil sa ang Diyos ay naging tao.  Dahil dito ang Diyos ay nagkaroon na ng mukha naa pwedeng ilarawan.

Bakit tinatawag si Maria bilang Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristoyano?

Ang unang tao na tumawag sa titulong ito ng Birheng Maria ay si San Juan Crisostomo noong taong 345.  Ang titulong Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano ay kinilala sa mga panahong ipinakikipaglaban ng mga Kristiyano ang relihiyon lalo na sa laban sa Lepanto noong 1571.  Noong si Pope Pius VII ay may banta ng pag-uusig at nanganganib na makulong sa mga kamay ni Napoleon, siya ay tumawag sa pangangalaga ni Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano.  At kinilala ng Santo Papa ang kanyang kaligtasan sa anumang pagtuligsa ni Napoleon sa pamamagitan no Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano noong 1985.

Bakit tinawag si Maria na Mapag-ampon?

Ang una at ang tanging tumutulong sa atin ay ang Diyos.  Sa lahat ng mga nilalang, ang Birheng Maria ang pinakanakatangap ng tulong mula sa ating Tagapaglikha.  Ang paglilihi sa kanya na walang-bahid kasalanan ay sa pamamagitan ng tulong ng Diyos.  Ang kanyang pananatiling birhen ay dahil sa bunga ng tulong ng Diyos.  Ang kanyang pagiging ina ay dahil sa tulong buhat sa Diyos.  Siya ay iniakyat sa langit dahil sa pamamagitan ng tulong ng Diyos.  Magagawa ni Maria na tumulong dahil siya ay tinulungan ng Diyos.  Kung si Maria ay hindi kinalinga ng Diyos, siya ay magiging katulad lamang natin, makasalanan.  Ang lahat ng pwedeng gawin ni Maria ay dahil sa tulong ng Diyos.  Si Maria ay Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano dahil ang Diyos ay tumutulong sa lahat.

Ano ang kahalagahan ni Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano ngayon?

Mula sa kasaysayan ng Simbahan, ang titulo ni Maria bilang Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano ay ang siyang tinatawag sa mga pagkakataong mayroong panganib at pagsubok sa ating Simbahan.  Sa mga panahon na may mga umuusig sa mga Kristiyano, si Maria bilang Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano ay ang siyang nagiging takbuhan upang makahingi ng tulong.  Nananatili sa makabagong panahon ang pag atake ng mga umuusig sa mga Kristiyano sa pamamagitan ng kultura ng kamatayan, pagsira sa pamilya, at sa hindi pagkilala sa mga kasalanan at marami pang iba.

Ano ang canonical coronation?

Ito ay ang pagkilala ng Santo Papa sa isang imahe ni Maria sa kahit saang bahagi ng mundo na nakapag aambag sa paglago ng kabanalan at debosyon ng mga Kristiyano.  Ang Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments sa pamamagitan ng kapangyarihan ng Santo Papa ay ipinag-uutos na ang imahe ni Maria ay palamutian ng korona at mga natatanging uri ng mga bato bilang pagkilala sa papel na ginagampanan ng imahe sa pagpapatibay ng maka-Kristiyanong debosyon.

Ito ba ay unang beses pa lamang mangyayari sa Pangasinan?

Hindi.  Ang kauna-unahang ganitong pangyayari sa Pangasinan ay ipinagdiwang noong ika-21 ng Abril, 1926 noong kinilala ni Pope Pius XI ang imahe ng Birhen ng Manaoag sa pamamagitan ng paglalagay ng korona ng kanyang kinatawan Apostolic Delegate Guiglelmo Pianni.  Ang Arsobispo ng Maynila na si Michael O’Dougherty ang siyang naglagay ng korona sa imahe ng Batang si Hesus na nasa bisig ng Birhen.

Saan nagmula ang imahe ni Maria Mapag-ampon sa mgs Kristiyano?

Bagaman ang debosyon kay Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano ay pinaging tanyag ni San Juan Bosco, ang debosyong ito sa Diyosesis ng Lingayen ay pormal na nagsimula noong 1928 noong tinanggap ni Bishop Cesar Maria Guerrero ang imahe bilang regalo sa noon ay katatatag pa lamang na diyosesis.  Noong una ay hinangad ni Bishop Guerrero na ilagay ang seminaryo sa pangangalaga ni San Alfonso ng Liguori subalit pinalitan niya ito ng Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano.

Kailan mangyayari ang canonical coronation?

Ito ay mangyayari sa ika-22 ng Agosto sa taong kasalukuyan sa Katedral ng San Juan Ibanghelista upang mas maraming tao ang makasaksi sa napakahalagang pagdiriwang na ito.  Ang Apostolic Nuncio na siyang kinatawan ni Pope Francis ang siyang mangunguna sa rito ng pagkokorona.

Saan natin maaaring puntahan ang imahe pagkatapos ng araw ng ika-22 ng Agosto upang pangaralan?

Ang imahe ng Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano ay iluluklok sa Mary Help of Christian Theology Seminary sa Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan.  Maglalagay ng maliit na dambana sa likod ng kapilya ng seminaryo upang ang mga deboto ay makapunta sa lugar na ito na hindi nakakasagabal sa katahimikan ng seminaryo.  Taon-taon ang imahe ay dadalhin sa Katedral tuwing ika-22 ng Agosto upang ipagdiwang ang kapistahan ng koronasyon.

Bakit natin kailangang koronahan ang imahe ni Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano?

Sa katunayan, hindi naman kailangan ni Maria na siya ay koronahan.  Siya ay pinarangalan na ng Diyos at wala na tayong maidadagdag pa sa pagkilala na ibinigay ng Diyos sa kanya.  Siya ay ating kokoronahan upang ipaalala sa atin na ang kababaan ng kalooban ay ang pinagmumulan ng iba pang mga magagandang katangian.  Ang pinakamabuting paraan na maipahayag natin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Inang Birheng Maria ay siya ay ating matularan.  Ang tunay na debosyon kay Maria ay ang pagtulad at pagsasabuhay ng kanyang mabubuting halimbawa.

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Siopa si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano?

Si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano et mismon si Inan Birhen Maria. Dakerakel iray pamagalang ya tawag (titulo) ed sikato, a singa Inan Birhen na Lourdes, Inan Birhen na Fatima, Inan Virgen na Manaoag. Walay sakey a pamagalang a tawag ed Ina ya Tulong daray Cristiano. Balet sakey so Inan Virgen Maria. Si Maria so Ina na Katawan tayon Jesucristo.

Akin et sasambaen tayo si Maria?

Agtayo sasambaen si Maria. Say Dios labat so sasambaen balet iiter tayo so niduman pamagalang ed si Maria, Ina na Dios. Sakey ya pinalsa si Maria a singa sikatayo. Ed pananisia, sikato so ina tayo. No papagalangan tayo ray ateng tayo, ontan met, iiter tayo so pamagalang ed si Maria ya spiritual ya ina tayo. Sikato so Birhen Maria. Walay dwaran rason no akin et papagalangan tayo si Maria – si Maria so Ina na Katawan tayon Jesucristo tan si Maria so spiritual ya ina tayo.

Wala tad Biblia ya nepeg ya pagalangan si Maria?

On. Naalmo diad Ibanghilyo nen Lukas 1,29 nen inbano na say anghel si Maria “Ave, napno kay grasya”. No papagalangan tayo’y Maria, oliran tayo may anghel ya managsalita na Dios. Say Dios so unaan ya angitanduro ed si Maria, aliwan sikatayo ran totoo.

Kasalanan ta so manggaway talintao odino imahen na saray sasanto?

Diad Daan a Sipan, isesebel so manggaway talintao na sarayan imahen (Ex. 20,4). Balet, nen say Dios et mismon dili To so nagmaliw a Too diad say pakanengnengan a lupa  nen Jesu Cristo, sayan panagsebel nipaakar ed saray talintao so inwaklit na say Balon Sipan. Lapud say Dios et nagmaliw a too, aliwa lan pulos ya agnaomameng.

Akin et tatawagey Maria ya Tulong daray Cristiano?

Say unaan ya anawag ed say Inan Birhen Maria na sayan titulo et si San Juan Crisostomo nen taon 345. Sayan titulon Tulong daray Cristiano so nabibirbir ed saray inpanalon bakal na saray Cristiano, laut lad Bakal na Lepanto nen 1571. Say Santo Papa Pio VII, ed say isabin panagtaktakot na panagpairap tan panagkulong nen Napoleon, so kinmerew na panangiyagel ed si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano. Binirbir na Santo Papa ya say pangiyagel na say papacy ed saray panag-atake nen Napoleon nen 1815 et lapud si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano.

Akin et tatawagey Mananulong si Maria?

Say manunaan tan mananulong tayo labat et say Dios. Ed amin ya pinalsa, say Inan Birhen so nibiig ed amin lapud sikato so akaawat na sankabalgan ya tulong a nanlapud say Manamalsa. Say Immaculada Concepcion na Ina et nanlapud say tulong na Dios. Say inka-birhen lawas nen Ina et nanlapud say bunga na tulong na Dios. Say inka-Ina to et nanlapud say tulong na Dios. Say Intokotok na Ina ed tawen et nanlapud say panamegley na tulong na Dios. Makatulong si Maria lapud sikatoy tinulongan na Dios. No si Maria so pinaolyan na Dios, sirin anggapoy pidumaan tayod sikato, sikatayo ran anggapoy pakayarin managkasalanan. Amin ya nagawaan nen Maria et lapud say tulong na Dios. Si Maria so Tulong daray Cristiano lapud say Dios so Mananulong na amin.

Anto so kabaliksan nen Maria Tulong daray Cristiano ed sarayan panaon?

Unong ed say awaran na Simbaan, sayan titulo nen Maria Tulong daray Cristiano et naisalaysay nen say Simbaan et naiyagel ed saray magulon panaon. No saray onlalaban ed Cristiano so manataktakot, si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano so onlan ontulong ed sikatayo. Sarayan sumlang ed Cristianon panagbilay so wadia niran manaatake ed Simbaan a singa say kultura na patey, say panagderal na bilay na pamilya, say pakakabalang ed say kabaliksan na kasalanan tan arum nira.

Antoy kabaliksan na “canonical coronation”?

Saya et sakey ya inpangaro na Santo Papa ed sakey a imahen na Inan Birhen Maria ed anggan iner ya pasen ed mundo. Sayan imahen so bibirbiren ya akapangiter para say inbaleg na Cristianon panagbilay tan dibosyon. Say “Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments” diad say pakauley na Santo Papa so mangagangan ya say sakey a imahen nen Maria so  arkosan na korona tan mabli ran bato para pamirbir ed say baleg a kabiangan na sayan imahen ed say pamabiskeg na Cristianon dibosyon.

Natan ta labat nagawa ya ed Pangasinan?

Andi. Say unaan ya inpankorona ed sakey ya imahen nen Maria ya agawad Pangasinan et nen Abril 12, 1926 nen say Apostolic Delegate Guiglelmo Pianni so nankorona na say imahen na Inan Birhen na Manaoag unong ed say Santo Papa Pio XI.

Nanlapoan na sayan imahen nen Maria Tulong daray Cristiano?

Anggaman say dibosyon ed Maria Tulong daray Cristiano so kabkabat lapud si San Juan Bosco, say dibosyon na Diosesis na Lingayen so ginmapo la nen 1928 nen si Obispo Cesar Maria Guerrero so angawat na sayan imahen a sakey a inpangaro para say niletneg a balon diosesis. Labay lawari nen Obispo Guerrero so manpaalagey na seminario ed  ngaran na patron nen San Alfonso Liguori balet nansalat na kanunutan to, tan ingaran tod si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano.

Kapigan nagawa so pankorona?

Nagawa ya no Agosto 22 ed sayan taon diad Katedral na San Juan Ibanghelista, pian mas dakel a totoo so makaimaton ed sayan awaran ya okasyon. Say Apostolic Nuncio ya mangilalaman ed Santo Papa Francisco so mangipangulo na say silibrasyon ya pankorona.

Iner so laen pian nabibisita’y imahen kasumpal na koronasyon no Agosto 22?

Say imahen na Maria Tulong daray Cristiano so awiten ed Mary Help of Christians Theology Seminary ed Palapad, San Fabian, Pangasinan. Walay melag a shrine ed beneg na kapilya na seminario pian saray diboto so makapangalang ya ag-nadisturbo so kareenan tan kinaoksoy na seminario. Tinaon, say imahen so awiten ed Katedral kada Agosto 22 pian silibraan so fiesta na koronasyon to.

Akin et nepeg ya koronoan si Maria Tulong daray Cristiano?

Ag nakaukolan nen Maria so korona tayo. Inter la na Dios so kagalangan ed sikato tan anggapo la so naiyarum tayo nin pamagalang ya inter na Dios ed sikato. Koronaan tayo pian walay pakanunotan tayo ya say panagbaabeba so korona na amin a virtudes. Say san-karakepan ya pangipanengneng na panangaro tayod say Inan Birhen Maria et say pagmaliwen ya sikatoy oliran tayo. Say twan disbosyon ed si Maria et say pan-alig ed aming ya virtudes nen Maria.

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