by Msgr. Ildebrando Jesus Aliño Leyson
The feast of Blessed Pedro Calungsod is celebrated every 2nd day of April, the anniversary of his martyrdom. If the date falls within Holy Week or Easter Week, the feast is observed on the Saturday that immediately precedes Passion/Palm Sunday. If April 2 falls on a Sunday of Lent or on a Sunday of Easter, the feast is celebrated on April 1.
We do not celebrate the feast of Blessed Pedro in Holy Week or Easter Week, or on a Sunday of Lent or of Easter because on these days we have a more important celebration – the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, otherwise known as the Paschal Mystery, which is at the heart of our Christian Faith. Instead, we celebrate the feast of Blessed Pedro on the Saturday before Passion/Palm Sunday because of its significance: Blessed Pedro was martyred on April 2, 1672 which was the Saturday before Passion/Palm Sunday of that year. In the case of April 2 falling on a Sunday of Lent or of Easter, the nearest Saturday is April 1.
The proximity or coincidence of the feast of Blessed Pedro with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery helps us to remember that the life, martyrdom, beatification and canonization of Blessed Pedro can find its meaning only in the life, passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In Blessed Pedro, we find a concrete response to the words from the First Letter of John 3:16, “It is by this that we know what love is: that Christ laid down his life for us. We in turn are bound to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
The first feast of Blessed Pedro was celebrated on Saturday, April 1, 2000. It was the day of the National Thanksgiving Mass for the beatification which took place on March 5, 2000.
In this year 2012, April 2 is Holy Monday. Thus, we shall celebrate the feast of Blessed Pedro on March 31, the Saturday before Passion/Palm Sunday. This will be the last feast when we address Pedro Calungsod as “Blessed” or “Beato”. Next year, we shall call him Saint or San Pedro Calungsod.
The Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Blessed Pedro Calungsod
cordially invites the
Clergy, Religious and Lay faithful
13th Annual Feast of Blessed Pedro Calungsod
March 22-30, 2012 – Novena
5:30 PM Holy Rosary and Confessions
6:00 PM Novena Prayers and Holy Mass
March 31, 2012 – Feast
5:00 AM Dawn Procession from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral to the Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Blessed Pedro Calungsod
6:00 AM Holy Mass in English
8:00 AM Holy Mass in English
10:00 AM Pontifical – Concelebrated Mass in Cebuano with
His Excellency the Most Rev. Jose S. Palma
2:00 PM Holy Mass in Cebuano with the Altarboys
3:00 PM Quiz with the Altarboys
4:00 PM Pontifical – Concelebrated Mass in English with
His Excellency the Most Rev. Julito B. Cortes
5:00 PM Procession and Holy Rosary
6:00 PM Saturday Devotional Prayers to Blessed Pedro Calungsod
7:30 PM Pontifical – Concelebrated Mass in Cebuano with
His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
A plenary Indulgence may be gained each day upon visiting the Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Blessed Pedro from March 22 - 31, 2012. Besides visiting the Shrine, one must go to Sacramental Confession, receive the Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the Pope.