The Archdiocese of Manila will officially launch the celebration of the 500 Years of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila on Feb. 6.
Apostolic Administrator of Manila Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will lead the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. with the new Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles John Brown.
According to the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications, aside from priests, religious, and laity, also expected to attend the Mass are five mayors in the cities covered by the archdiocese.
The 500 Years Mission Cross, which serves as a reminder of being Christians, will also be launched during the event.
“The Cross from the logo will be made into pendant crosses, to bring back the tradition of wearing cross, to be a sign of our faith in Jesus, of protection from God, and most importantly, as a badge of our missionary work.
Wearing a cross, we are reminded that we are Christians, we are Catholics, and we say yes to God’s mission,” said Fr. Kali Pietre Llamado, Vice Rector of the Manila Cathedral and one of the priests in-charge of the preparations for the event.
There will also be a ceremonial giving and wearing of the Mission Cross particularly for the mayors, representatives from different communities, and chosen pilgrimage churches of the Archdiocese.
The pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese during the year-long celebration of the 500 years of Christianity are Manila Cathedral (Manila), Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church (Manila), Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia (Manila), Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo (Manila), San Pablo Apostol Parish (Manila), Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish (Pasay), National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Makati City), Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (Makati), San Felipe Neri Parish (Mandaluyong City), and St. John the Baptist Parish (San Juan City).
Pabillo will open the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral on Easter Sunday and open the jubilee doors of the other churches during the Easter Week.
On Feb. 7, there will be parochial launching of the celebration of the 500 Years of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
The different parishes in the Archdiocese will be holding their respective activities to mark the event.
The parish priests, according to Pietre, will “launch and explain to the people the wearing of the 500 Years Mission Cross.”
At the end of the Mass, members of the music and youth ministry in the parishes will lead the people in singing and dancing the theme song, “We Give Our Yes.”
Other activities for the year-long celebration will be announced in the following days.