The influence of Benedict XVI...
The Cathedral of the Holy Name, Archdiocese of Cebu
Co-cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
Our Lady of Grace Parish Church, Diocese of Caloocan
Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy, Diocese of Cubao
Jesus the Divine Healer Parish, Diocese of Parañaque
And my favorite one of all!
Cathedral - Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Archdiocese of Manila
No folks, the servers holding the six torches did not stand there for the whole duration of the Mass.
Manila does not want any candles or an altar cross. You don't put candles on a TABLE and you don't put a cross in the middle. It obscures your view of the priest.
Yup, look at him...instead of worhsip HIM.
And I thought Manila has a world-renowned liturgist who....
You get the drift.
And I even don't have to study at Paul VI, or at MST or Euntes or SVST to know that.
PS: I hope that what our priests are doing in the reorientation of the sacred in the public celebration of our Liturgy expresses our deep faith as Catholics and our deep longing to bring back the sense of the sacred into our public worship.
I hope that this is not a momentary political ploy like dancing to what the fiddler plays...at the moment!
Remember that this altar arrangement has been in existence for hundreds of years until Antiquarinists of San Beda and Paul VI insists otherwise. They always bark at you to go back at the Last Supper.
Where are the Lamb and bitter herbs?
A wrong understanding to what the Mass REALLY IS would lead to a lot of liturgical abuses and innovations and eventually to a loss of faith.