By Christina Hermoso
Bishop Francisco de Leon will celebrate a high mass at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, at the St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Concepcion Dos, Marikina City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Paul of the Cross, which coincides with the Feast of Saint Peter of Alcantara.
A solemn procession will precede the holy mass.
St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionist Congregation. Born in Ovada, Italy in the year 1694, St. Paul helped spread devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Passion of Christ.
Saint Peter of Alcantara was born in 1499 in Alcantara, Spain. He was a Franciscan preacher, writer, and confessor. He encouraged, St. Teresa of Avila, who referred to him then as a “living saint,” to establish her first monastery in Avila in 1562 and helped her promote Carmelite reform. Canonized in 1669 by Pope Clement IX, St. Peter was a model of all Christian virtues, particularly poverty and chastity.