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Christian Christmas: 2012 Christmas Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas

155427_10151289831492416_893882789_nChristmas is a feast of faith. Without faith, Christmas will only be a social festival. Christmas is a Gift wrapped in love to be received in faith. Without faith, Christmas gift giving is only a commercial gimmickry for profit and business gain. The merriment of Christmas must be a fruit of faith. Wishing “Merry Christmas!” without faith is no better than fools laughing madly without reason. Christmas can only be merry because heaven burst forth in love and revealed to us the name of God—Emmanuel, God with us!

Unfortunately, Christmas has been claimed by everybody as a long weekend holiday of joy without remembering Him who brought us that reason for joy.

Unfortunately, Christmas has become a season for festive lighting and amazing carnivals but people have forgotten how difficult it must have been for Mary and Joseph to find a room in the inn; the unfortunate couple continues to be rejected in our broken homes.

Unfortunately, Christmas has become a season for bargain sales and street markets even as the buyers and sellers seem to forget their immortal souls.

Unfortunately, Christmas has only become an adjective to describe parties and salary bonuses because we have forgotten that Christmas is an event of the past that must still continue to happen through us.

Unfortunately, Christmas carols have become romantic songs for loved ones we miss because people have forgotten the angels that announced his birth, the sweetest carolers of all times.

Unfortunately, Christmas caroling has become a yearly fund raising occasion because people have put a price tag into almost everything…and everyone.

Unfortunately, the simbang gabi is turning out to be just a Filipino Christmas tradition without understanding that it was first meant to be a thanksgiving novena for the gift of our Catholic faith that we now ridicule and ignore and consider obsolete.

But thanks be to God, that in spite  of it all, Christmas is still the greatest feast of all because it celebrates the birth of Jesus, the greatest gift of all. We must regain the real merriment of Christmas and return to the real reason for the season. By faith all these will be possible. Without faith, this season will become just one of the pagan festivals. Christmas is God’s gift to us. Let us take it back from those who have spoiled it; ourselves included.

Emmanuel, God with us, increase our faith. Set our faith on fire again. Help us to live our faith with courage against all odds. Use us to spread the fire of faith all over our land. Lord, increase our faith! Emmanuel, strengthen our faith!

From the Cathedral of  Saint John the Evangelist, December 24, 2012


Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Ma-Kristianon Pasko

Free Pangasinan translation of the Christmas Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas

Say Christmas so fiesta na pananisia. No anggapo so pananisia, say Christmas so sakey labat ya fiestan social. Say Christmas so Regalo ya abalkot na panangaro ya awaten ed pananisia. No anggapo so pananisia, say panangiter na regalo no Christmas so sakey labat ya commercial gimmickry pian makatubo tan para pangkamaungan na anapan labat. Say pangibano’y “Merry Christmas” ya anggapoy pananisia et aliling toy elek na saray ambagel ya anggapoy rason. Maliket so Christmas lapud say tawen so angibong na panangaro tan inpuyan tod sikatayo so ngaran na Dios — Emmanuel, say Dios so walad sikatayo!

Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan andokey ya maliket a bakasyon ya anggapoy pakanudnunotan ed say Dios ya angiter na rason ed sayan liket.

Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan rason pian walay makaligliwan silew tan dakerakel iran carnival, balet alingwanan la na totoo no panon so inpanirap di Maria tan Jose ya mananap na kuarton pondoan da; sikara so itultuloy ya bebenegan natan diad saray kaabongan ya mankokolkol.

Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan rason ya walay tawalan ed saray sasaliwen tan diad tindaan, ya anggad sikatayo ran managsaliw tan lumalako et nalilingwanan tayo la so maandon bilay na kakamarerwa tayo.

Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan sakey labat ya salitan say kabaliksan to et parties tan bonus lapud alingwanan tayo la ya say Christmas et sakey ya agawa nen saman ya nepeg ya mansiansia anggad natan diad panamegley tayo.

Makapaermen ya saray kansion ed Christmas nagmaliw la ira labat ya romantic songs para saray inararod bilay ya pakaka-iliwan tayo lapud alingwanan tayo la iramay angel ya angibawag na inkianak na Katawan, a sikara so sankaabigan ya manag-caroling ed amin ya ando.

Makapaermen ya say panag-caroling no Christmas so nagmaliw lan tinaon-taon ya fund raising lapud initdan tayo na kantidad so amin tan anggan siopa.

Makapaermen ya say Simbang Gabi so magmamaliw ya sakey labat ya tradisyon na Filipino no Christmas ya anggapoy pakatalus ed say kabaliksan to, ya saya et novenan pisasalamat para say regalo na pananisia tayon Catoliko ya natan babalawen, ipipiregpireg tan bibirbiren ya anggapoy kakanaan.

Balet, misalamat tayo ed Dios, anggaman onya iraya natan, say Christmas ni so sankabalgan ya fiesta ed amin lapud sisilibraan to so inkianak nen Jesus, say sankamatalongaring ya regalo ed amin. Ipawil tayo so liket tan gayaga na Christmas tan ipawil tayo so twan rason ed sarayan panaon. Diad pananisia, nagawa irayan amin. No anggapo so pananisia, sayan panaon so magmaliw labat a fiesta na saray pagano. Say Christmas so regalo na Dios ed sikatayo. Ipawil tayo ed sikatayon dili ed saramay nanderal ed saya … kaiba tayo ed saya.

Emmanuel, say Dios so walad sikatayo. Panliuben tayo so pananisia tayo lamet. Mantulongan tayon ibilay so pananisia tayo ya walay sebeg anggan anto so onsumlang. Usar yo kami ya mangikayat na apoy na pananisia diad intiron bansa tayo. Katawan, pabaleg moy pananisia mi!

Diad Cathedral na San Juan Evangelista, 24 December 2012.


Arsobispo na Lingayen-Dagupan

Spend less, Give More!

Christmas Message 2011

Everybody dreams of a meaningful Christmas. We want a Christmas that is different from previous Christmases we have had. But the wave of Christmas traditions, practices and customs just overwhelms us. We just get carried away by a tornado called Christmas, leaving us tired like helpless victims of an irreversible tradition. The pressure of Christmas practices is like typhoon signal number three in December. They There is no more need for you to wonder and ask yourself “where can I buy Nexium 40 mg cheap”? There is a perfectly good solution: to visit our reliable onlineВ  leave us devastated. There is a Christmas compulsion for organizing parties, exchanging gifts, sending out cards, putting up decorations, shopping and wrapping and caroling. This kind of Christmas makes money so necessary. The Christmas bonus can make or unmake the Christmas of so many.

This is pagan. This is a godless Christmas. This Christmas is tiring, isn’t it?

Christmas is about God giving his dearly beloved Son to the world. He entered our world, walked our earth, breathed our air, laughed at our happy stories and cried our tears. He did not shop. He hosted no parties. He sent no cards. He did not put up any glitters. He did not demand any bonus. He just loved us and gave us his time and his presence.

I know friends and loved ones will give me gifts again this Christmas. Many of them I do not need. Many more of them I cannot use. Much of the food gifts I cannot eat. Truth to tell, all gifts I receive I give away. It is this giving away and keeping nothing for me that makes me happy at Christmas.

In order to be happy at Christmas, you do not need more money. You only need to have and to give more love. Spend less on gifts and give more for the poor. Spend less on that Christmas party and give food to the undernourished children in our public schools. Spend less on those toys and buy a book for the toddlers in the barangay day care center. Spend less on Christmas decorations and sustain a TB patient with medicines for six months. Spend less on that ham and dessert and help a child with cancer with his chemotherapy. If you really want to worship the Child in the manger as the wise men did, worship him wisely by bringing your gifts to the poor instead of the Christmas tree or the buffet on-line writing essay services table. The poor are the favorites of our birthday Baby Boy!

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Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Christmas Everyday!

Christmas Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, DD

My dear People of God:

On this happy occasion of Christmas, I wish to convey to you and your loved ones my greetings of peace and blessings of joy.

Christmas has many symbols. We hang lanterns. We put up Christmas lights. We decorate Christmas trees. We exchange gifts. We have traditional Christmas goodies and we party. All these symbols are seasonal. We cannot keep them the whole year round otherwise Buy Cialis online. Where can I buy Cialis without prescription? Tadalafil is a prescription drug that comes in 5 mg, 10 mg , 20 mg tablets. It is available onВ  they become stale and life becomes expensive!

But Christmas is not just a day in the year. Christmas is everyday, in fact it can be every moment. Every time the priest whispers the words. “This is my Body … this is my Blood” over the bread and the chalice of wine, it is Christmas! Every time we celebrate the Mass, God comes down from heaven; dwells among us; enters our hearts and stays in our souls. Every time Buying lithium generic brand. Buy cheap lithium generic lithium, Quebec, purchase Lithium uk generic, cheapest buy lithium generic switzerland, where can i findВ  there is a Mass, we join the angels sing “Hosanna in the highest!”

If you want to fulfill the wish of the song, “Araw-araw ay Paskong lagi”, you do not need to keep the Christmas decors and eat the Christmas goodies the whole year. Go to Mass everyday — that is daily Christmas! Receive Holy Communion as much as possible everyday — that is Christmas everyday! So many lives have been changes by frequent Holy Communion. So many have become saints by daily Holy Communion. If all of us become saints, isn’t that why Christ was born?

Indeed the Mass is a celebration of Christmas every moment and everyday. As I bless you on this happy night, let me also invite you to pray in your families that one of your sons may be called to be priests. How can you have Christmas without priests? Do not take your priests for granted. They may possible the continuing rebirth of Christ among us. How can you celebrate Christmas without the priests? The priest is your essay for me father but he is also the mother who gives birth to Jesus on the altar not only once but everyday.

Treasure the daily Mass because that is your daily Christmas. Love your priests — you need them; they give you Jesus.

Merry Christmas to all!

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, December 24, 2010.

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
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