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Showing posts with label saint. Show all posts
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Meet "Pedrito," The Miniature Version of Saint Pedro Calungsod!



It's good to know that our second Filipino Saint who is Saint Pedro Calungsod has his own miniature. He is no other than "Pedrito," the cute little version of our very own teen saint.  

Pedrito truly looks like Pedro. He dressed the same way Pedro dressed wearing a white polo shirt with a palm, Doctrina Christiana bible, and shoulder bag. Just like Pedro, he loves to travel and spread the word of God.

Well, join me as I witness the adventures of Pedrito. Here are some:

The Cute Pedrito Spreading the Word of God!

Pedrito Visits the Manger!

Pedrito Visits the Holy City of Vatican During the Canonization Ceremony

He is such an awesome little boy! Everybody truly loves him! And many want to own him. I also want to own a cute version of Pedrito! I'll add him in my collection. :)

Until your next adventure Pedrito! Saint Pedro Calungsod seems so alive even though he died almost 300 years ago! He is still inspiring us specially the people of the young age! Pedro and Pedrito rock! c",)

Different Images of Saint Pedro Calungsod!

Finally, he is now an official saint! We can now officially call him as Saint Pedro Calungsod!

The canonization of our second Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod was already concluded in the Holy City of Vatican, October 21, 2012. The ceremony lasted for two hours. Saint Pedro Calungsod was canonized together with the other six saints from different countries.  

In my previous post, I shared with you the life and martyrdom of Saint Pedro Calungsod. Now, I'll share with you the different versions of his images (imahe, rebulto).

Here are some of his cute images:






If I'm not mistaken, Saint Pedro Calungsod is the youngest saint. He was only 17 years old. He was killed in Guam by the natives being the missionary of Catholicism.

Now in times of crisis, a new name of Saint can be called, San Pedro Calungsod! 

San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod are now the two Filipino Patron Saints proving the Philippines as one of countries with strong faith in God! Two thumbs up!(www.tvseriescraze.blogspot.com)

The Martyrdom of Saint Pedro Calungsod!



Right now, October 21, 2012, the canonization of the second Filipino saint, the Blessed Pedro Calungsod is taking place in the holy city of Vatican. After San Lorenzo Ruiz, here comes another Filipino saint who showed martyrdom in the name of faith.

But, who is actually Pedro Calungsod. Do you know him as well as his life story? Why he is now hailed as the second Filipino saint?! 

In tribute to San Pedro Calungsod, I'll dedicate this post to make you aware and inspire to the good deeds he did for God's faith. Here is his story:

 Pedro Calungsod or Pedro Calonsor (his surname spelled 'Calonsor' in Spanish records) was born in Cebu on 1654 and April 2, 1672 at the age of 17. Just like San Lorenzo Ruiz, our first Filipino saint, Pedro also suffered religious persecution and martyrdom in Guam for their missionary work in 1672. 
 


Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia narrating the martyrdom of now Saint Pedro Calungsod. It reads:

A Chinese named Choco, a criminal from Manila who was exiled in Guam began spreading rumours that the baptismal water used by missionaries was poisonous. As some sickly Chamorro infants who were baptized eventually died, many believed the story and held the missionaries responsible. Choco was readily supported by the macanjas (medicine men) and the urritaos (young males) who despised the missionaries.

In their search for a runaway companion named Esteban, Calungsod and San Vitores came to the village of Tumon, Guam on 2 April 1672. There they learnt that the wife of the village chief Matapang gave birth to a daughter, and they immediately went to baptise the child. Influenced by the calumnies of Choco, the chief strongly opposed; to give Mata'pang some time to calm down, the missionaries gathered the children and some adults of the village at the nearby shore and started chanting with them the tenets of the Catholic religion. They invited Mata'pang to join them, but he shouted back that he was angry with God and was fed up with Christian teachings.

In their search for a runaway companion named Esteban, Calungsod and San Vitores came to the village of Tumon, Guam on 2 April 1672. There they learnt that the wife of the village chief Matapang gave birth to a daughter, and they immediately went to baptise the child. Influenced by the calumnies of Choco, the chief strongly opposed; to give Mata'pang some time to calm down, the missionaries gathered the children and some adults of the village at the nearby shore and started chanting with them the tenets of the Catholic religion. They invited Mata'pang to join them, but he shouted back that he was angry with God and was fed up with Christian teachings.

Determined to kill the missionaries, Mata'pang went away and tried to enlist another villager, named Hirao, who was not a Christian. Hirao initially refused, mindful of the missionaries' kindness towards the natives, but when Mata'pang branded him a coward, he became piqued and capitulated. Meanwhile, during that brief absence of Mata'pang from his hut, San Vitores and Calungsod baptised the baby girl, with the consent of her Christian mother.

When Mata'pang learnt of his daughter's baptism, he became even more furious. He violently hurled spears first at Pedro, who was able to dodge the spears. Witnesses claim that Calungsod could have escaped the attack, but did not want to leave San Vitores alone. Those who knew Calungsod personally meanwhile believed that he could have defeated the aggressors with weapons; San Vitores however banned his companions to carry arms. Calungsod was hit in the chest by a spear and he fell to the ground, then Hirao immediately charged towards him and finished him off with machete blow to the head. San Vitores absolved Calungsod before he too was killed.

Mata'pang took San Vitores' crucifix and pounded it with a stone whilst blaspheming God. Both assassins then denuded the corpses of Calungsod and San Vitroes, tied large stones to their feet, brought them out to sea on their proas and threw them into the water.

The Catholic Church considers Calungsod's martyrdom as committed In Odium Fidei ('In Hatred of the Faith'), referring to the religious persecution endured by the person in evangelisation.

Different TV shows will also pay tribute to San Pedro Calungsod. ABS-CBN tonight will air their documentary TV program sharing the life and times of this second Pinoy saint. GMA-7 on the other hand via their GMA News Channel 11 will air a docu-drama of San Pedro Calungsod wherein the hunk actor Rocco Nacino portrays the character of Pedro Calungsod. Aside from TV specials, different stage plays were already shown portraying the character of this blessed young man.  

Through his story, I hope many of us got inspired with him. His story just simply notes that, anyone of us can be a saint, even at a young age provided that we put in heart and act the good deeds showed by Jesus. c",)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Mama Mary!

Today, September 8, we are celebrating the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary! This occasion is called as the Nativity of Mary, or Birth of the Virgin Mary.


Well to give you a quick trivia about the birth of Mama Mary, Saint Anne & Saint Joachim are the parents of our Virgin Mary.

According to the Wikipedia, the tradition celebrates the event as a liturgical feast in the Roman Catholic calendar of saints and in most Anglican liturgical calendars on 8 September, nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8 December. The Eastern Orthodox equivalent, the Nativity of the Theotokos pertains to the birth of the Virgin Mary in the Orthodox perspective.

Moreover, this feast, like that of the Assumption of Mary, originated in Jerusalem. It began in the fifth century as the feast of the Basilica Sanctae Mariae ubi nata est, now called the Basilica of Saint Anne. In the seventh century, the feast was celebrated by the Byzantines and at Rome as the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast is also celebrated by Syrian Christians on 8 September and by Coptic Christians on May 9th (1 Bashans).

Apostolic tradition places Mary's birthplace either in the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem, or in Tzippori, Israel, where Saint Anne once lived.

The whole country as well as the Catholic Churches around the world is now celebrating this divine event in the live of Mama Mary.

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Mama Mary! c",)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Featuring the Our Lady of Grace Church!

In the observance of the Holy Week or Lenten season, I will feature here in The Rock Land the church which plays an impact in my life, the Our Lady of Grace Church in Caloocan City!

Since Caloocan is my former home town, one of the churches I usually visit is the said church commonly called as the Grace Church. From grade schools until now that I'm already working, the said church is where I pray and talk to our Dear Lord regarding my wishes, giving thanks to my blessings, and asking forgiveness.

So as my Holy Week tribute, I'll feature series of posts for my beloved church. To start with, here is the main altar of the church:


Every Sunday, if I'm not busy or whenever I go to Monumento to shop, I visit this church and pray. From my childhood days up to now, I see lots of improvement in this church!

In my next post, I'll feature the saints in this church whom I always pray with! c",)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 19 is Also the Feast of Saint Joseph!


March 19 is my birthday. But aside from this celebration, the same date is also the day of Saint Joseph!

Yup, every 19th day of March, people were celebrating for the Feast of Saint Joseph.

I know all of you already knew who St. Joseph is. Yeah, he is the earthly father of Jesus Christ and the husband of Mama Mary. He is well known to be an industrious worker. If I'm not mistaken, Saint Joseph is a carpenter.

Before, I was not that aware that March 19 is also St. Joseph's feast. Until one of my close officemate friends gave me a statue of Saint Joseph as her birthday gift for me! She even told me that I should pray to Saint Joseph and he will grant me my wishes since we have the same birthday.

My mother even told me that if she first knew that my birthday falls to Saint Joseph feast, she will name me as "Joseph" rather than "Rocky."

Knowing the fact about Saint Joseph, March 19 will definitely a very significant date not only to me but to all the people in the world who believes to Saint Joseph! Happy feast day Papa Joseph! c",)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lady Gaga as Mary Magdalene!

Do you know who is in the picture?! Yup, she is no other than...Lady Gaga!

This is a new picture of the hot singer Lady Gaga circulating in the world wide web! At first you may mistakenly identify her as a real saint! But actually she's the liberated hit maker we all know!

Lady Gaga is portraying Mary Magdalene! She is dressed like the bible icon! With a crown and with a belo, she depicts the character of a saint! But a bold saint...!!!

Well, what can you say about Lady Gaga here?! Did she truly depicted the image of Mary Magdalene! Hmmm...in one way or another, it seems knowing the personality of Mary Magdalene in the bible! c",)

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