Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Philippines adopts new Roman Missal translation
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- December 3, 2012
Filipinos officially started using a new English translation of the liturgy yesterday, the first Sunday of Advent, almost a year after the Catholic bishops’ conference voted to adopt the New English Translation of the Roman Missal.
Church officials prepared people for the changes in the liturgy by holding catechism classes and seminars over the past 11 months.
Some dioceses, however, started using the new English translation earlier.
In Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese, parishes began using the new English version of the Lord’s Prayer in February.
Manila archdiocese started implementing the changes last June, gradually introducing responses, acclamations and musical settings of the Mass.
A series of seminars were also held for the clergy to familiarize them with the new translation of the Roman Missal, the book that contains prayers and instructions for the liturgical celebration.