Pangasinan hosts Cristo Rey celebration
Lingayen, Pangasinan (15 September) -- The provincial Capitol grounds will be the site of this year's grand celebration of Cristo Rey on November 21.
This developed as Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas finalized the content and flow of the celebration in their meeting at the Governor's Office at the Capitol building yesterday.
Rev. Fr. Francis Posadas of the Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Lingayen said the event expects around 15,000 to 20,000 participants and 70 priests from the 28 parishes from the four vicariates of the Lingayen-Dagupan Archdiocese composed of 15 towns and two cities.
The governor, executive committee choir, was overwhelmingly enthusiastic for the upcoming event. "It is quite fitting that the first-ever archdiocesan celebration of Cristo Rey will be held here in Lingayen," he said noting that the Lingayen Parish was the original seat of the old and much bigger Archdiocese of Lingayen, which later on became the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
"The holding of the Christ the King Celebration is one of the much anticipated and biggest events in the Catholic Church's calendar of activities," said Posadas, who is also the co-chairman of the event.
As part of the preparatory activities leading to the celebration, there will be a visit of the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag from September 10-27 and November 14-22. "Takbo Alay kay Cristo" will also be held on October 16 which will start at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center and will pass through the Capitol, Maramba Blvd., and will end at the Beachfront.
A simultaneous vicariate youth vigil on November 20 will also be held, one at the Capitol Plaza, where seminars and lectures on religion and patriotism will be undertaken for the youth.
Delegates will come from the Epiphany of Our Lord Parish and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Lingayen; Purification of Our Lady Parish and Jesus the Nazarene Parish in Binmaley; Mary Help of Christians Parish in Basista; St. Pius V Parish in Urbiztondo; St. Ildefonse Parish and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Malasiqui; St. Vincent and San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish in Bayambang; St. Dominic Parish and Holy Family Parish in San Carlos City; Sts. Peter and Paul Parish and Cristo Divino Tesoro Parish in Calasiao.
Holy Family Parish in Sta. Barbara; St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish in Mapandan; Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, St. John the Evangelist Parish Cathedral, St. Therese Parish, St. Gabriel Parish and Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Dagupan; St, Thomas Aquinas Parish in Mangaldan; St. Fabian Pope and Martyr in San Fabian; St. Hyacinth Parish in San Jacinto; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in Manaoag; Holy Cross Parish in Laoac; and St. John the Baptist Parish and St. Catherine Quasi Parish in Bautista.
In the afternoon, Archbishop Villegas will preside over a mass at the Capitol Plaza, after which, a procession will follow. Starting at the Capitol Plaza, it will pass through Alvear St., Artacho St., to the then to the Lingayen Parish Church, Maramba Blvd., and back to the Capitol. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan/dos) [top]