By Christina Hermoso
Borongan, Samar Bishop Crispin Varquez is inviting the faithful in his diocese to join in the observance of the Pentecost vigil Saturday, June 8, at the St. Lawrence Deacon and Martyr Parish in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, home of the historic Balangiga bells.
Activities for the vigil will start at 1 p.m. with a talk on the observance of the Year of the Youth by Rev. Fr. Jan Ian Brylle Callera and Rev.Fr. Ryan Janelle Salvacion.
The Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to avail of the Sacrament of Confession. At 10 p.m., Bishop Varquez will lead the concelebrated Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Pentecost.
“We are expecting more than 3,000 people to attend the Pentecost vigil this year, an event that we have been celebrating in the diocese for 31 years. I continue to invite the faithful to attend the celebration,” Varquez said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season. It is observed by the Catholic Church 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “It is very important in the lives of Christians as we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles of Christ,” Varquez said.
This year’s Pentecost vigil at the St. Lawrence Parish is more significant as parishioners will be greeted by the tolling of the three Balangiga bells 117 years after they were taken by American soldiers. The bells were finally returned to the parish December 15 last year.