Closing of the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers

Posted on Jan 24 , 2017 in Parish News & Updates

On January 21, 2017, the Province of our Lady of the Rosary and the entire Dominican Community of the Parish of Santuario del Sto. Cristo in San Juan City, Philippines, gathered and celebrated the closing of the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers. The simple celebrations started with the recitation of the Holy Rosary, a symbol of communion for the entire Dominican Family in prayer, led by representatives from the Congregation of Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic, Dominican Sisters of Blessed Imelda, Dominican Laity, Dominican Brothers and the Dominican Youth Ministry, 'Kadang Dominiko. After the prayer, a short audio-visual presentation highlighting the Jubilee activities of the community was presented to the body. Special commemorative estampitas were distributed while the report was being played. The youth also presented a dance that recognizes the role of the youth as new evangelizers amidst a prevailing culture of death. The short programme ended with the community singing of the Dominican Jubilee Song.

The concelebrated Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Jesus C. Prol, OP, Vicar Provincial of the Vicariate of our Lady of the Rosary in the Philippines, immediately followed after the programme. In his homily, Fr. Prol paid tribute to St. Dominic, "as a charismatic preacher and teacher Dominic sought to present men, not with himself, but with Jesus Christ. He always aimed at fixing his audience's eyes, not on himself, but on that figure beyond, on Jesus Christ. His preaching was his path of sanctity." He described the closing festivities as "a joyful thanksgiving to God, for the many blessings bestowed upon the Order and upon each of its members during these 800 years of preaching the gospel." Fr. Prol ended his homily with a simple call for prayer: "Many times we have failed to proclaim the Gospel through the example of our lives. Our failures however do not lessen our commitment to continue our Dominican pilgrimage. Pray for us that we may be like our Founder, Domingo de Guzman, a lamp in the darkness, a voice in the streets and an example of charity for all."

Elements of the Dominican Iconography were offered — lamp to symbolize Dominic and his torch of truth; patriarchal staff to symbolize the charism of preaching around the world; Holy Bible to symbolize the foundation of the Church; Dominican Constitution to symbolize the Dominican Family; and lastly, the By-Laws of Kadang Dominiko to symbolize the youth's firm commitment to "preach the Gospel." After the post-communion prayer, the church lights were dimmed and candles were lit for the renewal of baptism promises as part of the sending off paraliturgy. While Adoro te Devote was being solemnly played, the concelebrating priests sprinkled the community with holy water giving emphasis to one's rebirth as new faith missionary. The liturgy ended with the singing of the Salve Regina.

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