NIGHT ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
10:00 PM of December 31, 2009 to 1:00 AM of January 1, 2010
AT THE PARISH OF THE LORD OF DIVINE MERCY Maamo corner Madasalin Streets Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines
As we begin and end our day with prayer, it is also right that we should begin and end the year with prayer, specifically with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Unfortunately, New Year's eve is celebrated with many pagan superstitions. Fireworks are lighted to drive away evils spirits. People engage in many practices to ensure good luck for the coming year. These customs are useless. Evil spirits are not afaid of fire works. False gods cannot deliver their promises because "they have eyes but see not, they have ears but hear not, they have nostrils but do not have life in them."
What better way for Christians to meet the New Year than by spending the night in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament! We thank the Blessed Trinity for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us in this year that is about to pass. We entrust to the Blessed Trinity the year that is to come. In the hands of the Blessed Trinity, we will always be safe and secure.
CHRIST YESTERDAY AND TODAY, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, ALPHA AND OMEGA. ALL TIME BELONGS TO HIM AND ALL AGES, TO HIM BE GLORY AND POWER THROUGH EVERY AGE FOR EVER. AMEN.
We ought to get back the dimension of the sacred in the liturgy. The liturgy is not a festivity; it is not a meeting for the purpose of having a good time. It is of no importance that the parish priest has cudgeled his brains to come up with suggestive ideas or imaginative novelties. The liturgy is what makes the Thrice-Holy God present amongst us; it is the burning bush; it is the Alliance of God with man in Jesus Christ, who has died and risen again. The grandeur of the liturgy does not rest upon the fact that it offers an interesting entertainment, but in rendering tangible the Totally Other, whom we are not capable of summoning. He comes because He wills. In other words, the essential in the liturgy is the mystery, which is realized in the common ritual of the Church; all the rest diminishes it. Men experiment with it in lively fashion, and find themselves deceived, when the mystery is transformed into distraction, when the chief actor in the liturgy is not the Living God but the priest or the liturgical director. - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Chile, 1988)
Do we still need sacred space, sacred time, mediating symbols? Yes, we do need them, precisely so that, through the "image," through the sign, we learn to see the openness of heaven. We need them to give us the capacity to know the mystery of God in the pierced heart of the Crucified. - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Spirit of the Liturgy )