by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
Cebu City – Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will open the first day of the nine-day Misa de Gallo at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral instead of the Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod.
Fr. Zenon Guanzon, Palma’s private secretary, said the bishop will hold out-of-town dawn masses on the 17th and 18th, but he did not say where.
Guanzon said Palma’s homilies and reflections during the dawn masses would center on 2017 as the year of “Parish as Communion of Communities.”
The observance is intended to prepare the faithful for the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the country in 2021. This is especially important for Cebu, where Christianity first took root, making the province the cradle of Christianity in Asia.
The year 1521 marks the beginning of the country’s Christian evangelization. In that year explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu’s shores.
Those attending the dawn mass today are advised to wear thicker clothes and bring umbrellas and other rain gear. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration predicted that the temperature at dawn in Cebu would be between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius.
PAGASA-Cebu Chief Alfredo Quiblat said Cebu province will be cloudy with intermittent rains and possible thunderstorms this week.