DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2019 – 013
29 January 2019
ATTENTION: All Parish Priests, Parochial Vicars, Rectors of Shrines, Parish Administrators, Parish CLPR Coordinator, Ministry of Liturgical Music (MLM) Coordinator and MLM Assistants
SUBJECT: FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
Dear Fathers, Monsignori, Brothers and Sisters:
Greetings of peace and goodness!
On the 2nd of February, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which is also known to many of us as the feast of Our Lady of Candelaria.
Because February 2 falls on a Saturday this year, the evening Mass and Office would normally be taken from that of the following day, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
But, since in the Table of Liturgical Days a feast of the Lord has precedence over a Sunday in Ordinary Time, and also with due respect to the popular piety of the faithful, we allow the celebration of the feast day to be extended even to the afternoon and evening masses of February 2.
We also decree that those who attend the evening masses on that day will have fulfilled their Sunday obligation.
In union with the Church in Mindanao, we highly urge the faithful to offer the masses on this day for the intentions of the victims of the bombing of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, last Sunday.
May peace, justice, and unity prevail in Mindanao and throughout the country, through the mercy of Our Lord and the prayers of Our Lady.
REV. FR. JOHN FRANCIS FREDERICK MANLAPIG
REV. FR. JOSEPH D. LANDERO