So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Cæsar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours. ~Fortescue
The Black Nazarene, a life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. It is paraded through the narrow streets of Manila's old city from dawn to midnight.
On the final day of the 40 Hours Devotion, we had a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool coram Sanctissimo. The Celebrant was His Excellency, Bishop James C. Timlin. At the end, we had the Litanies, the prayers for the 40 Hours, the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament inside the church, and Benediction.
On the second day of the 40 Hours Devotion, the Mass was the one for Candlemas. The Bl. Sacrament was reposed for this. The blessing and the distribution of candles took place. There were more people than expected because we ran out of tapers to distribute. Afterwards, the traditional procession for Candlemas took place inside the church.
Exposition continued later in the day. There was always someone present for adoration. Several people signed up for different time slots to pray before the Bl. Sacrament exposed.