Keep it up guys!
The photo was taken at Easter last year.
This one is during this year's Easter celebration.
See the difference between the two?
It all depends on the parish priest.
Yup, this is the Parish of the Lord of the Divine Mercy in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, once home to the Latin Mass in the Diocese of Cubao which is now in the Holy Family Parish in Roxas District. The parish priest there is of course, Fr. Jojo Zerrudo, who is also the diocesan exorcist.
The new parish priest is REV. FR. STEVEN C. ZABALA. And this is the kind of liturgical arrangement he wants.
See, the glaring difference between the two priests, I mean, on how they view the greatest feast of the Church?
I mean, come on, the externals would mean a lot and say a lot.
"Oh, Mr. Pinoy Catholic, what is important is on the inside, what is in the heart!"
Oh, yeah. We both agree on that but remember that we are not even talking about what is in the inside.
We are talking on what is the outside.
When Christ reprimanded the Pharisees for walking around in their robes and expecting respect , He was condemning the incongruence of the internal reality vis-a-vis the external reality of the persons of the Pharisee. Remember how Christ used the analogy of the white washed tombs to describe the Pharisees?
Now, pray tell (yuck that website, Benedictine liturgist, too! Ugh!), how will you tell how the greatest feast is celebrated in a parish? Lesser flowers? Cross to the side instead of on the altar so the cross won't block the people's view of the smiling priest while he celebrates the Mass? Miniscule candles to the side that make the altar look like a barren table instead of a real altar....Poor crucifix and candles! Boohooohoo! The microphone has a better position! Best seat in the house!
Poor Fr. Zabala. He will always be compared to his predecessor in terms of celebrating the Liturgy.
I dread to see one day Fr. Zabala move the tabernacle to the side....
God help us!
And pray and support priests like Fr. Zerrudo who help bring back the sense of the sacred in our churches.
And pray and support Fr. Zabala that he bring the sense of the sacred to their parishes.
PS: There is something missing in the set-up. It is the topic of the latest GULP Exam. Liturgical Police, report your findings!