THE DWCU COMMUNITY
JOINED THE DIOCESAN
CHRIST THE KING CELEBRATION
Urdaneta City. The Diocese of Urdaneta successfully and meaningfully celebrated the Diocesan Silver Jubilee Christ the King feast last Sunday November 21, 2010. This year’s occasion was hosted by the Cathedral Parish of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Urdaneta City. We express then our hearty congratulations to our untiring and energetic Cathedral Fathers and Deacon, Rev. Fr. Arturo F. Aquino, Rev. Fr. Dionisio B. Luzano, Rev. Fr. Francisco P. Ganaden, and Rev. Romulo Agyapas, the dedicated officers of the Parish Pastoral and Finance Council, the very supportive religious organizations and all the parisheoners.
The big event was attended by thousands of faithful from the different parishes of the diocese as the Pontifical and Concelebrated Mass started at 1:30 in the afternoon with the Most Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, DD as the main celebrant together with the guest priests, diocesan clergy and the SVDs. The celebration of the Eucharist was followed by a solemn procession around the City of Urdaneta that ended with the Solemn Benediction. The Diocesan Choral Competition/Festival participated by the choirs from the different parishes and seminary (the Divine Word Formation Center) within the Diocese of Urdaneta culminated the festive event.
The spiritual preparation of this year’s Christ the King Celebration was made deeper and more meaningful by a circular letter from the Bishop of the Diocese with the following message:
“At the core of our Catholic Faith is the belief that Jesus Christ is the King and Lord! As God He is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. As man He is the Son of Mary. Through His Incarnation He took our sinful flesh that He may transform it “to God’s image and likeness”. Through His passion, death and resurrection He proved the depth of God’s love for us, His creatures. And “He is now at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. And His Kingdom will have no end,” our Creed proclaims! We shall be with Him there (in His Kingdom) only when He is with us here!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Christ the King now and forever! This has to be our conviction! And we profess and shout it in a manifest way during the Feast of Christ the King. This however needs to go deeper and wider. As His followers we are urged to demonstrate Him as King of our lives and seen in our actions. “He who acknowledges Me before men, him I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven,” Jesus promises. In other words, when we accept Him as our King here on earth, we allow Him to rule and to reign over our thoughts, words and deeds. We think His thoughts! We speak His words! And we practice His love for us which He showed on the Cross! In the end, we are assured that we will be with Him in His kingdom where He lives and reigns forever and ever!
Mabuhay si Cristo, Hari at Panginoon! Agbiag ni Kristo nga Ari!”
+Jacinto A. Jose, DD
Bishop of Urdaneta