Palabras organizers tweak speakers’ set

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013


EIGHT priests from various congregations were chosen to lead the meditations on Good Friday on the Siete Palabras or the seven last words of Jesus before He died on the cross.

The line-up of speakers veers away from the tradition of asking diocesan or secular priests to speak about their reflections and prayers.

Salesian priest Randy Figuracion, Don Bosco Formation Center seminary formator, will deliver the opening remarks and set the tone for the three-hour meditation in the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

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The mediation on the first verse, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,” will be led by Fr. Emilio Larlar Jr. of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. He also serves as the vice prior and vice president for administration of the University of San Jose-Recoletos.

Franciscan priest Fr. Noniel Pe, San Vicente Ferrer parish priest, will talk about the second verse. San Roque Parish priest and Claretian pastor Fr. Rolyn Vics will follow with the third verse, and Redemptorist Fr. Emerado Maningo, who is also Our Mother of
Perpetual Help Parish parochial vicar, will lead after that.

Fr. Rodrigo Salac of the Society of the Divine Word, who is parish priest of St. Arnold Jansen parish in Alumnos Mambaling in Cebu City, will discuss the fifth verse: “I thirst.”

A missionary priest, Fr. Benedicto Pelias of the Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP), will relate his reflections on the verse, “It is finished.”

Another Jesuit first

Pelias is MSP promotion and vocation director at the Blessed Sacrament Parish located in the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.

The last verse, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit,” will be tackled by a Jesuit priest based at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

This will be a first for Fr. Jason Dy, SJ, who is the parochial vicar and parish administrator.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will deliver the prayer at the end of the annual reflection scheduled on Good Friday, when Catholics reflect on Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

Last year, the focus was on the life and virtues of teenaged martyr Saint Pedro Calungsod, as part of the spiritual preparation for the canonization of the second Filipino saint.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2013.

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