Sunday, May 06, 2012

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo has started. It's also the Feast Day of St. Dominic Savio.

All the sacristans (altar boys) were in attendance in church today. During the offering, they lined up to lay down a rose each in front of the image of Mary. My brother and two of our friends used to be sacristans when we were kids. They were called Knights of the Altar back then, but I'm not sure if they still use it now. Since the church was just built and the Pacita community new, the sacristans didn't even wear the robes they do now, but wore barong instead.

Today's homily: Ego sum vitis, vox palmites

"I am the vine, you are the branches." - John 15:5. Jesus is the vine, we are the branches.

With Fr. Kurt being Fr. Kurt (he seems to watch a lot of soap operas and Pinoy drama/romantic movies), he starts off with "kabit ka ba of hiwalay"?

The gist of the homily is: A Christian without Christ is IAN = "I am nobody". Do you cling (kabit) to the vine or separate (hiwalay) from it?

Flores de Mayo is also Flores de Maria. Posters like this were on the church posts today:

I was 9 yrs old when our parish started this, and that means I am older than the Sto. Rosario church. He he he.

I remember when my brother, friends and I would go to church everyday in May for the Flores de Mayo, bringing flowers we plucked from the road, our gardens, and neighbors' flower boxes (being kids, we didn't think we were stealing since the flowers were outside the house. Ha ha ha!). People used to have lots of potted flowering plants or flower boxes outside their gates in the 80s.

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