By Christina Hermoso
Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia will preside over a concelebrated high mass at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Holy Cross Parish in Tejeros, Makati City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, the universal symbol of the Christian faith, by which Christ redeemed the world.
Solemn processions will be held at 7 a.m. and at 8:30 p.m. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presided over the holy mass last September 4 on the anniversary of the erection of the Holy Cross. Novena masses were held from September 5 to 13.
In Tarlac City, pilgrims, devotees, and tourists are expected to gather at the Monasterio de Tarlac at the Church of the Risen Christ in Barangay Lubigan, San Jose, where a silver reliquary containing a part of the Holy Cross, the only one of its kind in Asia, will be opened for public veneration. The reliquary may be venerated daily after the 10 a.m. mass by the monastic congregation of the Risen Christ. According to the Tourism Bureau in Central Luzon, the monasterio is the most revered pilgrimage site in the region.
Commemorative rites will also be held in Carigara, Leyte; Sincaban, Misamis Occidental; Maribojoc, Bohol; Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; and the Diocese of Butuan.
Also known as the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, tomorrow also marks the titular feast of the Congregation of the Holy Cross and the Episcopal Church’s Order of the Holy Cross.