Maasin diocese unveils 1521 Easter Sunday Mass painting

Maasin diocese unveils 1521 Easter Sunday Mass painting
Bishop Prescioso Cantillas leads the unveiling of the “First Easter Mass” painting on Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte on March 22, 2021. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By CBCP News

March 23, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The Diocese of Maasin on Monday unveiled a painting depicting the First Easter Sunday Mass in the Philippines that took place on Limasawa Island 500 years ago. 

Bishop Prescioso Cantillas of Maasin led the unveiling of the art work on the island ahead of the quincentennial celebration of the historic Mass. 

The ceremony also coincided with the start of a nine-day Novena Mass leading to the grand celebration on March 31.

The 10×5 acrylic painting by Dionisio Gayo, a member of the diocese’s youth ministry, depicts a priest at the center raising the Host with the Spanish troops and some natives of the island that is now part of the diocese. 

“The painting is a liturgically accurate presentation of the very moment of the elevation of the Most Holy Body of Our Lord during the historic event of the First Easter Mass,” said Fr. Mark Vincent Salang, the diocese’s chancellor. 

“In creating it, the artist considered the observations and descriptions of Antonio Pigafetta in his chronicles of the Magellan expedition,” he said. 

Titled “First Easter Mass in the Philippines”, the painting will be displayed in the planned Cultural Heritage Museum of the diocese.  

For the time being, it will be displayed at the pilgrim site in Limasawa until Wednesday next week.


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