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Circular 2012-22: Using the Nicene Creed

July 31, 2012

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Circular 2012-22

RE: Using the Nicene Creed

My dear brothers in the priesthood and religious sisters:

When the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI opens the Year of Faith on October 11 this year, culminating on the Solemnity of Christ the King next year on November 24, the focal point of all the programs for the year will be the profession of faith. The Holy See has expressed its earnest intention to make the profession of faith a daily prayer for all Catholics. The Holy Father himself wants all Catholics to become more familiar with the Nicene Creed which is the profession of faith prescribed in the Missal for Sundays and solemnities. Here is the translation of the Nicene Creed in the edition of the Roman Missal that is now prescribed for public praying daily beginning October 11:


I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. And one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


In obedience to the Holy See, please observe the following directives:

  1. The Nicene Creed must be taught in all the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan beginning August 1, 2012 in preparation for the opening of the Year of Faith;
  2. Parishes and schools must reproduce copies of the Nicene Creed in order to help our Catholic faithful pray the profession of faith daily beginning October 11.
  3. The Nicene Creed must be prayed by all pupils in our Catholic schools at the start of each class day either in the classroom or after the flag ceremony.
  4. Beginning October 14, 2012, the Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Nicene Creed will be the form of the profession of faith that we shall use in all Sunday Masses and solemnities.

Let us avail of the opportunity before us to renew among our Catholic faithful love for the Lord, loyalty to the Church and pride in our Catholic tradition during the Year of Faith and through the years ahead.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop  of Lingayen Dagupan

Cirular 2012-21: Memorial Acclamation

July 16, 2012 Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Circular 2012-21 RE: Memorial Acclamation

My dear brother priests and religious sisters:

As we  continue to implement the changes in the new translation of the Roman Missal, allow me to congratulate you my brother priests and religious sisters for your diligent and faithful accompaniment of our parishioners and students in dealing with the changes in the translation. Your loving accompaniment is a proof of your charity for Christ’s flock.

As we move on with the other parts of the Roman Missal, I invite you to please take note that the new English translation has removed the option “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again” among the responses for the memorial acclamation. This response was never in the original Latin typical edition and was only added in the 1985 American adaptation.

When you compare Christ has died…with the other responses in the Latin typical edition, you will notice that all the three options are acclamations addressed to Christ Who, by the time of the memorial acclamation, is now present on the altar in His Body and Blood. The acclamation Christ has died…fails to acclaim the Real Presence of the Lord on the altar after the words of consecration have been said over the offerings of bread and wine. In fact, it is not addressed to Christ but is just a proclamation for others unlike the original options in the Latin typical edition.

Although the Roman Missal presents to us three options, in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, we shall take as our first priority this response:

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.

In case the acclamation is not sung, please consider the preceding response as our standard recited acclamation for the sake of harmony and discipline in the liturgy.

We shall cease to use the memorial acclamation Christ has died…by August 15, 2012 after the appropriate catechesis  has been done with the choirs, the commentators and the Catholic faithful.

Thank you for you fraternal attention and pastoral charity.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2011/39: New English Translation of Our Father

December 27,  2011

Feast of Saint John the Apostle

Circular 2011-39

RE: New English Translation of Our Father

My dear fellow workers in the vineyard:

Following our pastoral decision to slowly implement the changes in the English translation of the Roman Missal of 2010, so as not to overwhelm our Catholic faithful with too many changes in the liturgy of the Church by the first Sunday of Advent this year, we shall proceed with our catechesis on the changes in the formula of the Lord’s Prayer using the enclosed catechesis from Father Anscar Chupungco, OSB.

By Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2012, we shall start using the new English version of the Lord’s Prayer as follows:

Our Father who art in heaven

Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

This same version of the Lord’s Prayer must be used in prayers outside the Mass like the rosary, invocations and similar situations. I request you to guide our Catholic faithful in the proper understanding and implementation of these changes. Once we have settled down with this new version, we shall proceed with the other parts of the Missal.

Oremus pro invicem.

Sincerely yours,


Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

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