What PH bishops did to revive the ‘Angelus’
MANILA – Twelve members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recently recorded the Angelus in eight of the most widely-spoken Philippine languages in a bid to reintroduce the once-popular family prayer to today’s Filipino Catholics as well as promote regional culture.
“The Angelus project aims to revive the habit of families and communities to stop all activity by nightfall and pray together,” shared Robby Tantingco, director of Holy Angel University (HAU)’s Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS), which oversaw the recording during the CBCP plenary session at the Pope Pius XII Center in Manila in January.
He explained that the Angelus used to be not only a religious habit but also a cultural practice among Filipino Catholics.
“By reviving it, we hope to see more youths coming home early instead of staying out late, and more families praying together,” added Tantingco.
The prelates recorded the prayer in the languages of their respective dioceses as part of the Center’s campaign to promote local culture through the use of regional languages.
The participating prelates were:
- Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma, (Cebuano);
- San Carlos Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza, (Hiligaynon);
- Masbate Bishop Jose S. Bantolo (Masbateño);
- Laoag Bishop Renato P. Mayugba (Ilokano);
- Borongan Bishop Crispin B. Varquez (Waray-Waray);
- Imus Bishop Reynaldo G. Evangelista (Tagalog);
- Legaspi Bishop Joel Z. Baylon (Bikol);
- Surigao Bishop Antonieto D. Cabajog (Cebuano);
- Marawi Bishop Edwin S. de la Peña (Cebuano);
- Parañaque Jesse E. Mercado (Tagalog);
- Baguio Bishop Victor B. Bendico (English); and
- Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David (Tagalog)
David, who once served as Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando in Pampanga, also recorded a Kapampangan version of the prayer in addition to that of San Fernando Archbishop Emeritus Paciano B. Aniceto’s being aired daily by Pampanga radio stations.
Tantingco revealed that the current Kalookan bishop helped HAU launch the Kapampangan Angelus project in 2012 and facilitate the bishops’ recording sessions during breaks at the last CBCP plenary session.
He added that compact-disc copies of the recordings whose CD jacket features two paintings by Kapampangan artist Romi Mananquil of Filipino families praying the Angelus, have been sent to the participating prelates and radio stations in their regions.
According to Tantingco, HAU has also partnered with Church-run radio station Radio Veritas.
The Angelus project is the University’s second major Catholic advocacy after Catholic Halloween which encourages children to wear saints’ costumes instead of attires depicting evil creatures. CBCPNews