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Circular 2015-8: Mayflower Devotion

April 23, 2015

Circular 2015-8

RE: Mayflower Devotion

My dear brother priests:

The veneration of the Mother of God is one of the characteristics of our Filipino Catholic life. Our Filipino Catholic spirituality is very Marian in tone and disposition. The month of May is traditionally celebrated in our Catholic life as a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I am offering these guidelines in order to insure that our Mayflower devotional practices  remain  essentially within the mainstream of Catholic theology and liturgical discipline.

  1. Masses celebrated for the Mayflower devotions must use the readings and presidential prayers assigned for the day as indicated in the Ordo 2015.
  2. The Mass must be celebrated without any insertion of additional devotional practices keeping in mind that the Mass is our prayer addressed to the Father through Jesus Christ. Pope Benedict XVI reminded us during his pontificate “Whenever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement it is a sure sign that the essence of the liturgy has disappeared and has been replaced by some kind of religious entertainment. Such attraction fades quickly.”
  3. Recognition and blessing of characters in the Santacruzan or Flores de Mayo must be done outside the Mass. We must shun all practices that appear like religious titillation and leisure, for example, coronations of children. We must protect the essentials of Catholic worship and avoid sliding into folk Catholicism.
  4. Until the CBCP makes a define regulation, it is prohibited to dance and hold drama presentations inside the place of worship.

I trust that you share the dream and vision of Church renewal and sanctification. Please receive my sincere assurances of pastoral concern and affection.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

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