3rd Sunday of January (PHILIPPINES)
HAPPY FEAST OF SANTO NIÑO DE CEBÚ!
During these days, a novena is being held in preparation for the feast of Santo Niño which is celebrated in my native land every 3rd Sunday of January.
Filipino devotees of Santo Niño de Cebu, hold the traditional prayer dance called “Sinulog” during which people carry and raise their images of the Holy Child Jesus crying out to the Niño-God in unison, “PIT SENYOR!”.
The first word, “PIT” is a contraction of the word, “SANGPIT”, which is a call of the attention of Our Lord God, − “SENYOR,” (from the Spanish word, “Señor”) − asking Him at the same time to listen to a particular prayer intention. It is a beautiful phrase that combines two meanings for the Filipino Cebuanos, that is, “Calling God and Prayer Intention”.
Let us all thank God for the Evangelization of the Philippines, through the heroic efforts of the Spaniards, and through the omnipotence of the Holy Infant Jesus who with his humility and simplicity conquered the hearts of the Filipinos.
The evangelization in the Philippines was carried out with success through the devotion of the Filipinos to Santo Niño of Cebú, a statue of the infant Child Jesus, the oldest religious Christian image in the Philippines, which was originally given in 1521 as a baptismal gift by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan via Antonio Pigafetta, who physically handed it to Lady Humamay, the chief consort of Rajah Humabon, along with a statue of the Virgin Mary and the bust of the Ecce Homo.
ADVANCE HAPPY FEAST DAY OF SANTO NIÑO TO ALL,
ESPECIALLY TO MY FELLOW FILIPINOS!
MAY HE BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH ABUNDANCE!
SEE AS WELL:
JAN 15. FEAST OF SANTO NIÑO. AV & TEXT IN http://wp.me/p6k7Mv-1TV
PRAYER TO SANTO NIÑO IN http://wp.me/p6k7Mv-1Uc
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