DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2019 – 096
20 November 2019
|TO:||ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, PRIESTS ON LOAN, RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN, LAY ORGANIZATIONS AND MOVEMENTS, AND LAY FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE|
|RE:||9 DECEMBER 2019, SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY|
Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,
Consecrated men and women,
Beloved brothers and sisters,
Peace in Christ Jesus!
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on the eighth day of December is observed as a holy day of obligation, regardless of the day on which it falls. On this year, however, the Solemnity is concurrent with the Second Sunday of the Advent Season. According to the Order of Precedence of Liturgical Days, Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter supersede Solemnities of Mary and the Saints in the General Roman Calendar. It is in this regard, as the usual practice of the Roman Catholic Church, that the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred on the following Monday, December 9, 2019.
In view thereof, the parishes in the Diocese of Parañaque shall observe the following:
- December 8, 2019, Sunday – The liturgy of the 2nd Sunday of Advent shall be observed in the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) and all Masses, including those celebrated in the evening of the previous Saturday and Sunday evening.
- December 9, 2019, Monday – the liturgy of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception shall be observed in the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) and all Masses on that day.
Incensation of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be done after the Post Communion Prayer.
“The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”
In 1854, Pope Pius IX’s solemn declaration, “Ineffabilis Deus,” clarified with finality the long-held belief of the Church that Mary was conceived free from
original sin. Mary was granted this extraordinary privilege because of Her unique role in history as the Mother of God. That is, she received the gift of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception.
Even though Mary is unique in all humanity for being born without sin, she is held up by the Church as a model for all humanity in Her holiness and Her purity in her willingness to accept the Plan of God for her.
Every person is called to recognize and respond to God’s call to their own vocation in order to carry out God’s plan for their life and fulfill the mission prepared for them since before the beginning of time. Mary’s “Let it be done to me according to Thy Word,” in response to the Angel Gabriel’s greeting, is the response required of all Christians to God’s Plan.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a time to celebrate the great joy of God’s gift to humanity in Mary, and to recognize with greater clarity, the truth that each and every human being has been created by God to fulfill a particular mission that he and only he can fulfill.
“The word of the Lord came to me thus: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” (Jeremiah 1:5-6)
Catholic News Agency
In view of the prominence of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the history of salvation and her role in the life of every Christian individual and community as Mother of the Church and model of obedience, I hereby declare that in all the parishes of the Diocese of Parañaque, December 9, Monday, is to be observed as a Holy Day of Obligation.
(Sgd.) MOST REV. JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D
Bishop of Parañaque
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