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Radio Veritas, the leading faith-based AM radio station in the Philippines, will have a special programming on March 24, 2016 for the commemoration of Maundy Thursday.
Veritas846 will start its special programming with the live airing of the Chrism Mass that will be presided by the Archbishop of Manila, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle D.D., from Manila Cathedral from 6:00AM to 8:00AM. This will be annotated by Fr. Jerome Secilliano, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines Executive Secretary on Permanent Committee on Public Affairs.
The daily magazine program, “Pamilya mo, Pamilya ko” will give way for the airing of the talk of Novaliches Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev. Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr., D.D, at the Araneta Lenten Retreat. The talks from Ynares Lenten retreat will also be aired from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.
The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper from Manila Cathedral to be presided by Cardinal Tagle will be aired live from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. This will also be annotated by Fr. Jerome Secilliano.
Radio Veritas will also air a special Visita Iglesia on radio from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. The following Jubilee of Mercy Churches will be featured: Holy Family Parish in the Diocese of Cubao, San Agustin Parish in the Diocese of Pasig, Our Lady of Mercy Parish from the Diocese of Novaliches, the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christian in the Diocese of Parańaque, the Shrine of Divine Mercy of the Archdiocese of Manila, San Jose de Navotas Parish in Diocese of Kalookan, and the Manila Cathedral in Archdiocese of Manila.
At 11:30PM of March 24 up to 1:00am of March 26, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper to led celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis from Vatican City will also be aired.
Commemorated on Maundy Thursday is the day before Jesus Christ was crucified. The word Maundy was derived from the Latin word, “mandatum” which is the first word of the phrase “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” which means “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you”). This was the statement made by Jesus in the Gospel of John where He explained the significance of washing of the feet to His apostles.
An important celebration on Maundy Thursday is the institution of the Holy Eucharist, which is manifested in the re-enactment of the Last Supper scene. Holy Thursday is also notable for being the day on which the Chrism Mass is celebrated, usually in the dioceses’ cathedrals. During this Mass, the holy oils are blessed by the bishop, consisting of the chrism, oil of the sick, and oil of catechumens. These oils will be used for the baptism and confirmation on Black Saturday at the Easter Vigil.
During Maundy Thursday, it is also customary for Filipinos to visit seven churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church. This custom is called “Visita Iglesia” which is a Spanish term for “to visit churches”.
A special coverage page about the Holy Week is also available at the website, veritas846.ph/2207-2/.
Radio Veritas 846 is owned and operated by the Archdiocese of Manila and is a member of the KBP. Established in 1969, the Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient Catholic radio station continues to be the leading social communications ministry for truth and new evangelization in the country today.