“Kining pagtoo, nagtubo, naglambo. (This faith, it grows, it thrives.).”
On the anticipated day of Fiesta Señor, thousands were in attendance for the pontifical mass, presided by His Excellency Archbishop Jose S. Palma, DD.
In his Homily, Archbishop Palma recalled how our devotion began when the image of Sto. Niño was handed to us in 1521, coining Cebu as the “cradle of Christian civilization” in the Philippines.
“Si Sr. Sto. Niño nakaplagan ta. Malipayon kita kay karong adlawa, espesyal nga fiesta para kanatong tanan. (Sr. Sto. Niño found us. We are overjoyed because today is a special fiesta for all of us.),” he said upon narrating how Christianity was formed 454 years ago.
With 2019 as Year of the Youth, Archbishop Palma then emphasized how crucial the role of the youth is in furthering the Word of God. He also extended his gratitude toward parental figures who see their children as precious gifts.
It is in line with this that the Archbishop voiced that we shouldn’t say we have not received gifts, for everything – from one’s talent and profession to one’s family and friends – is a present from the Lord. / Lara Eviota, Maria Consuelo Pacilan, and Kate Visorro, USC Volunteers