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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #027)

Posted on Jul 31 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #027)

 

Do you know that…

In 1602, the Dominicans came to San Juan and started to construct the convent and church on the property donated by Captain Cuenca (“a little mountain with a piece of arable land”)?  The funding must have been rather meager since it took a few years before the unpretentious convent and church were finished (even if during the construction it may have been used already for the stated purpose).  Finally, in the Chapter of 1616, the religious house of San Juan del Monte was formally “accepted,” which means that it just  have been finished at least one or two years before.  It was laconically said, “We accept the house of San Juan del Monte,” implying that it had all the requirements for assigning religious to live there.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #025)

Posted on Jul 17 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #025)

 

Do you know that…

There was an actual hermit who lived by the estero not too far from the Santuario and to whom Bgy. Ermitaño was named after?  The story of the strange Spanish ermitaño may have transpired between 1676 to 1690.  According to Father Salazar, another Dominican historian who was also Vicar of San Juan in 1745, a certain Spanish gentlemen of good appearance was listed at the Esclavos del Santo Cristo and he lived a hermit’s life on the fringes of the Santuario, on the banks of an estero.  He looked well-born and of noble blood.  He called himself Brother Diego, “the sinner,” and lived a most austere life of penance, in a simple hut.  He prayed constantly and his abstinence was such that he would eat only what the natives in their kindness would offer him.  The natives used to say that the Santo Cristo spoke to him.  Very often, they could see through the small grilled window in the doors of the Santuario and that there was Brother Diego prostrated at the foot of the altar without anybody being able to find out how he could possible go in or out with the doors closed.  After five or six years of penitent life in San Juan, Brother Diego went back to Mexico where it is said, he died near Puebla de los Angeles in Tlascala.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #024)

Posted on Jul 10 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #024)

 

Do you know that…

The Santuario del Santo Cristo was given a good piece of a relic of the Lignum Crucis, the real cross on which the Lord was crucified, in 1658?  The precious relic was brought to Manila on the same year and was deposited at the convent of San Agustin in Intramuros.  Fr. Andres Gomez OP was able to secure a part of the relic for the Santuario when it was divided and distributed to significant places which, for different reasons, would have a claim to this treasure.  The Santuario of the Santo Cristo was entitled to it, almost ex jure, it being already recognized as one of the centers of veneration of the Lord Crucified, where many people would have the chance to kiss reverently and pay homage to the holy relic on the occasion of the visits there during the Masses for the Confraternity and other singular festivities.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #023)

Posted on Jul 03 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #023)

 

Do you know that…

After the 1898 Filipino revolution, the Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary was able to maintain the University of Santo Tomas and the College of San Juan in addition to the Parish of Binondo in the Chinese district of Manila among others?  In the early 20 colleges, one in Dagupan and the other in Tuguegarao, were also added.  And by the middle of the 20 century, a college in Legaspi City and a house in Iloilo were established.  However, when the Dominican Province of the Philippines was founded in 1971, the Babuyanes Islands were turned over to the new Province together with all other properties.  The Mother Province retained as part of the new Vicariate the Batanes Mission, the Priory of Santo Cristo in San Juan and the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Binondo.

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Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #022)

Posted on Jun 26 , 2013 in Parish Trivia

Do you know that… (Parish Trivia #022)

 

Do you know that…

As a result of the Filipino revolution of 1898, the Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary had to abandon all its mission posts at the end of the 19th century. The houses and goods, which the Province held in the extensive areas of Northern Luzon were lost.  The greater part of the mission stations thus fell into the hands of other religious congregations or the secular clergy.  However, the Province did not disappear completely from the country.  The Province was able to continue working in other places, including the Batanes and Babuyanes Islands off the north coast of Luzon, the Priory and Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan and, in Manila, two priories, that of Santo Domingo, (Motherhouse of the Province) and that of Santo Cristo in San Juan del Monte.