O.Carm. Philippines celebrates the solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Philippine Province of Bl. Titus Brandsma of the Order of Carmelites celebrated the solemnity of its principal patron, the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel with a triduum, culminating in a feast day mass on the feast day itself.

The first day of the triduum was sponsored by St. John of the Cross Community together with lay partners from Sagrada Familia Parish and was presided by Fr. Arnel Glodobe, O.Carm, parish priest of Sagrada Familia Parish, with Fr. Gilbert Billena, O.Carm as homilist and Fr. Salvic Pajarillo, O.Carm of Papua New Guinea community concelebrating. The theme for the celebration was Mary, Mother of the Apostles.

The second day of the triduum was sponsored by the St. Elijah Student Friars Community and carried the theme Mary, Mother of the Poor. Presiding in the mass was Fr. Jess Alesna, O.Carm. with Fr. Alain Balasabas, O.Carm. concelebrating.

The last day of the triduum was sponsored by the Spring of Carmel Novitiate Community, carrying the theme Mary, Mother of the Missionaries. Celebrating in the mass was Fr. Melvin Loronio, O.Carm. with novice master Fr. Aries Escobal, O.Carm. as homilist.

On the feast day itself, a sportsfest was held gathering together the friars and co-workers in games of solidarity and harmony. A mass followed in the evening, sponsored by the communities of Teresa of Avila. Presiding in the mass was Fr. Alain Balasabas, O.Carm. with Fr. Rico Ponce as homilist. Concelebrating were Fr. Deng Lopez, O.Carm. and Fr. Jess Alesna, O.Carm.

A small salo-salo and short program followed after the mass.

(By Br. Ritche T. Salgado, O.Carm.)