Papal Mass to feature phrase in Tagalog


Pope Francis always says Mass in Latin in Rome, but when he visits the Philippines next week, the Holy Father will speak a Tagalog phrase during Mass at the Rizal Park (Luneta) on January 18.

Rev. Fr. Carmelo Arada Jr. of the Service Committee on Liturgy on Monday said the Pope will speak in Filipino during the Profession of Faith.

“The part ‘I believe in God,’ it will be in Tagalog. He [Francis] will begin the prayer ‘Sumasampalataya Ako’ [I believe] . . . he will begin, then everybody will join,” Arada said in a news conference at the Knights of Columbus offices in Manila.

He explained that a copy of the prayer in Filipino will be given to the Holy Father, which he will recite during the first part of the Mass.

Pope Francis will arrive on January 15. He will visit victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on January 17.

In an article posted on the official website of the papal visit, Fr. Genaro Diwa, liturgical affairs head of the Archdiocese of Manila and the person in-charge of liturgical preparations for the Closing Mass of the Papal Visit, said the Mass of the Holy Father at the Rizal Park will be “multilingual.”

“The aim is to create a national consciousness of unity despite diverse cultural expressions and to foster a sense of unity with the universal Church,” Diwa explained.

He said the text of the Mass of “Mercy and Compassion” would be based on the New English Translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal and the approved translations of the Order of the Mass in seven major Philippine languages.

The text will also “predominantly” employ Tagalog, Sugbuanon (Cebuano) and Ilocano, with select verses in Bicol, Capampangan, Hiligaynon (Ilongo) and Waray, as well as in English, Latin and Spanish. Missalettes will be provided.


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