By Christina Hermoso
Tomorrow (Monday) is the feast day of Saint Augustine (San Agustin), the revered founder of the Augustinian Order, and one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most popular saints.
Monsignor Clemente Ignacio will preside over a concelebrated high mass in his honor at 5:30 p.m., Monday at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila.
A solemn procession bearing the image of the well-venerated saint and that of his mother, Saint Monica, the patron saint of wives and mothers, will precede the mass. A Eucharistic celebration will also be held at 6:45 a.m.
San Agustin’s feast follows that of his mother, whose feast was observed Sunday.
Commemorative rites will also be held in Iba, Zambales; Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Guigaquit, Surigao del Norte; and in Cagayan de Oro City, where the festive “Kagayanon” Festival in honor of St. Augustine will be celebrated.
Known as the Doctor of Grace because of his miraculous transformation from his wayward ways through the perseverance of his mother, St. Monica and his mentor, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine discovered, through prayer, a change of heart.
Ordained priest in 391, he served as bishop of Hippo (now Algeria) in 396. His masterpiece, the “Confessions,” became a classic of Christian theology and western literature. Born in 354 in Tagaste, North Africa, he died in 430. St. Augustine was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Boniface VIII in 1303.