TV Maria’s 500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt

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Just helping TV Maria Philippines to promote this item that is really worth the purchase.

I bought this awesome themed shirt for me and my wife for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines from TV Maria PH.

I recommend this item to my friends and family because of the beautiful graphics, excellent choice of colors, the shirt quality, and of course the theme.

TV Maria’s 500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt – back

Their page’s post about the shirt: “500 Years of Christianity Commemorative Shirt (subject to availability) for only Php 480.00. Packages available for bulk orders. Feel free to message us for more details. 🙂 you may reserve yours now!”

For those interested, you may contact them via their page https://www.facebook.com/168059256575501/posts/3702820499766008/?d=n. They deliver via LBC Express and ABEST Express.

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Major Events in the Philippine Church in 2021

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This is the list of the major events in the Philippines in the year 2021. Most of these events have relation to the celebration of the 500 years of Christianity. Note that this is not an exhaustive list. The list will be updated accordingly.

  • March 14

    Pope Francis celebrates mass with the Filipino community in Rome. The celebration of the Holy Mass by Pope Francis in the Vatican for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines took place in the Basilica of Saint Peter on Sunday 14Mar21 5pm PH time. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was streamed live online for the universal Church.

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  • March 16

    The 500th year from when Spain first stepped on the Philippine soil lead by Ferdinand Magellan.

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  • March 19

    A parish in Marikina City became the first to be declared Diocesan Shrine of St. Paul of the Cross in the Philippines.

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  • March 21

    La Purisima Concepcion Church in Sta. Maria, Bulacan declared as minor basilica by Pope Francis.

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  • March 25

    Our Lady of Sorrow’s Image Receives Her Canonical Crown in Dolores, Quezon.

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  • March 25

    Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Jose Advincula of Capiz as the new archbishop of Manila.

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  • April 4

    • Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
    • National Quincentennial Celebration of the First Easter Mass
    • Opening of the Jubilee Doors in all Cathedrals
    • Official Opening of the Jubilee Year of the 500 Yeas of Christianity in all parishes.
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  • April 14

    Reenactment of the First Baptism in front of the Magellan’s Cross Cebu City.

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  • May 31

    Canonical coronation of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Capas in Tarlac.

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  • May 1

    Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker and the National Consecration to St. Joseph

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  • December 8

    • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
    • Closing of the Year of St. Joseph
    • Consecration of Families to St. Joseph
    • Launching of the Confraternity of St. Joseph

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Fr. Fran Villegas: God Deigned This Country, the Philippines, to Be the Cradle and Bulwark of the Christian Faith for the past 500 Years

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Catholicism has done so much for this country, for our ancestors and which we still now enjoy… What we celebrate this year 2021 is not colonialism, but Catholicism, that is, the Christian faith that our ancestors received and cherished as a gift… God deigned this country, the Philippines, to be the cradle and bulwark of the Christian faith for the past 500 years… The Spanish regime has collapsed, but the cross is still standing — for 500 years now! History proves that indeed the cross is mightier than the sword. Isn’t this a good reason to celebrate?

Fr. Fran Villegas, Archdiocese of Cebu, Catholic Faith Defenders, Inc. (https://archdioceseofcebu.ph/article/63?fbclid=IwAR3IZpS4eil8evbt7-dYtUhmg0p-V5BrmghUqMRMun9iQ8uG9eB5QWCa5rA)
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More Shareable Quotes and Bible Verses:

Four Points in the History That Pinoy Catholics Should Know

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Four points in the history that we, Pinoy Catholics, should know as we celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. This is a quick and an easy history lesson to supplement our belief and to refresh our minds regarding the Catholic Church.

Indeed, despite the many attacks for centuries from the outside (and from the inside too), the Bridge of Christ (Eph 5:23, 2 Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7, 21:2, 21:9, 22:17) will remain One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic because Jesus Christ (her groom) who built this Church is one, holy, universal, and an apostle (meaning “sent”) by God.

  • AD 33 – Jesus founded a Church through Peter and his Apostles

    Although this is biblical, many do not believe this simple fact. They refuse Peter’s primacy and tweak the meanings of the verses in the Sacred Scriptures to accommodate their own reasoning. The truth is that Jesus left one singular Church through Peter. “And so I say to you, you are Peter (means stone or rock), and upon this rock I will build my church (one not many), and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

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  • AD 40 – Apostles James (and Paul possibly) Christianized Spain

    Paul mentioned in his letter to the Romans that he would be seeing them on his way to Spain (Romans 15:24, 28). Whether this was realized or not, it does not matter the important thing is that Spain is one of the target region of evangelization of the apostles. James, as per history and Sacred Tradition, through the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Pillar, christianized Spain. In the year AD 40, He died as martyr and was buried in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain. His tomb is still in the Catholic Cathedral at the present time.

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  • AD 1521 – Spain Christianized the Philippines

    Birth year of Christianity in the Philippines. First expedition from Spain, via Mexico, reached the shores of Samar Islands in the Philippines. “Philippines” was the name given to the newly discovered country in honor of King Philip the ruler of Spain that time. Christianization began since then. Catholic Churches and schools were build by Spanish missionaries. The Catholic Church flourished in the entire archipelago for centuries.

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  • AD 2021 – The Philippines Celebrates 500 Years of Christianity

    The Philippine Church, despite the many problems inside and outside the church, continues to help the poor and the needy. She continues to proclaim and defend the Gospel of Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

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Pope Francis’ Message on the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines

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For those who were not able to witness the celebration of the Holy Mass by Pope Francis in the Vatican for the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, here are two audio files I recorded from the live coverage of the Vatican Media. The first audio is part of the Holy Father Pope Francis’s homily and the second is Cardinal Tagle’s message to the Pope. This took place in the Basilica of Saint Peter on Sunday 14Mar21 5pm PH time. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was streamed live online for the universal Church.

Pope Francis’s Message on the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines
Cardinal Luis Tagle’s Message to Pope Francis on the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines
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The actual homily in English is now available in the official page of the Holy See at http://www.vatican.va/content/francescomobile/en/homilies/2021/documents/papa-francesco_20210314_omelia-cristianesimo-filippine.html.

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500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines Theme Song (YouTube Videos + Lyrics)

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ABS-CBN Star Music’s We Give Our Yes – Jamie Rivera (Music Video)
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Carlos Magno & Rotoloop – Topic’s We Give Our Yes! (feat. Philippine Madrigal Singers)
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ABS-CBN Star Music’s We Give Our Yes – Jamie Rivera (Lyrics)
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Saints of Today’s 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines
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Jamie Rivera Official’s Jamie Rivera singing We give our yes at the Manila Cathedral
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Manila Cathedral’s February 6, 2021 | Opening of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines (video starts at 01:44:00)
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Here are the beautiful lyrics of the song in both languages.

English Lyrics (We give our Yes)

We stand before the grand horizon
Five hundred years of faith, grateful today
We bear the gift of mission
Totally yours, we give ourselves
Faithfully yours until the end
To Your mission, Lord: we give our yes

Go where the sun rises above the hills
Share the word and serve those who are in need
Let the Morning Star accompany your way
Spread the fire of mission for the Lord

We stand before the grand horizon
Five hundred years of faith, grateful today
We bear the gift of mission
Totally yours, we give ourselves
Faithfully yours until the end
To Your mission, Lord: we give our yes

We are gifted to give and live our gifts
Mercy, compassion, justice and peace
The sign the world today will come to believe
Is the love we have for one and all

We bear the gift of mission
Mercy, compassion, justice and peace

We stand before the grand horizon
Five hundred years of faith, grateful today
We bear the gift of mission
Totally yours, we give ourselves
Faithfully yours, until the end
To Your mission, Lord: we give our yes!
To Your mission, Lord…
To Your mission, Lord: we give our yes!
We give our yes…

Tagalog Lyrics (Awit ng Misyon)

Limang daang taong biyaya
Salamat Panginoon, sa ‘Yong punla
Misyong kaloob sa aming puso
Aming sarili ay aming handog
Laging tapat, at laging tugon:
“Naririto, handa kami,
Panginoon!”
Kami’y hahayo sa iba’t ibang dako
Hatid ang iyong salita
at paglilingkod.
Inang Maria ang s’yang gabay nami’t lugod
Lalaganap alab ng ‘yong misyon!
Limang daang biyaya
Salamat Panginoon, sa ‘Yong punla.
Misyong kaloob sa aming puso
Aming sarili ay aming handog,
Laging tapat, at laging tugon:
“Naririto, handa kami,
Panginoon!”
Ang kaloob na aming alay sa mundo:
Katarungan, Kabanalan, Kapayapaan.
Sa senyal na ito maniniwala ang mundo:
Pagmamahal namin sa bawa’t tao!
Limang daang taong biyaya
Salamat! Salamat, Panginoon!
Limang daang taong biyaya
Salamat Panginoon, sa ‘yong punla
Misyong kaloob sa aming puso
Aming sarili ay aming handog
Laging tapat, at laging tugon:
“Naririto, handa kami,
Panginoon!”
“Naririto, handa kami,
Panginoon”

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