Dateline: Dec 2: On the eve of Advent, SLRP opened this new season with the launching of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated People. Representatives from two of the five religious congregations in the parish, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and the Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, were on hand to unveil the new logo. Our parish priest, Fr. Al, then blessed the logo signifying SLRP's embrace of its clergy and consecrated persons as partners in building up God's kingdom here in Tandang Sora.
After the unveiling, the opening of the Advent season was formally began with the blessing of the Advent wreath and candle. A short prayer, led by Fr. Al, was recited.
"Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ: he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us, he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation, May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord."
Here are the different religious congregations represented in our parish: Fr Al, our Parish Priest, from the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Then we have the Mercedarian Sisters (in white habits on the left) led by Sr. Emilia, the Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles (in light blue habit) led by Sr. Pilar, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (in dark blue and white habit) led by Sr. Linlee and the Daughters of Mary (in white habit at the right) led by Sr. Salve.
Together with them, we pray for more vocations in this Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Peoples.