Filipini:SVEČANO PROSLVLJEN BLAGDAN BL. IVANA MERZA

I ove je godine svečano proslavljen blagdan bl. Ivana Merza na Filipinima u organiziaciji Vice-postulature na čelu sa vicep-postulatorom bogoslovom Dave dela Cruzom. Proslava se pripremala nekoliko dana prije. U utorak, 5. svibnja brat Dave Dela Cruz, vicepostulator sazvao je sastanak na kojem su sudjelovali suradnici Vicepostulature kao i štovatelji našeg blaženika, i na kojem su dogovorili kako će se svetkovina bl. Ivana Merza proslaviti svetim misama u dvije katoličke crkve i jednoj kapeli koje su smještene u podzemnoj željeznici metroa u Manili, te izlaganjem relikvija (čestice kostiju, komad tkanine i drveta blaženikova lijesa).

4.Filip-IM-10.5.15 Na sastanku je dogovoreno kako će subota, 9. svibnja biti dan proslave svetkovine blaženika, obzirom na to da se ove godine Blaženikov dan slavi na šestu vazmenu nedjelju.

U ranim jutarnjim satima u subotu je u župi Bezgrešnog začeća u Quezon City, slavljena sveta misa koju je predslavio župnik Alfredo Juan Pascual. Usprkos činjenici da je slavlje započelo u 6:00 sati, na misi se okupio veliki broj župljana a osobito mladih koji su sudjelovali u svetom misnom slavlju.

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Na završetku svete mise župnik je pozvao mlade da se okupe ispred oltara kako bi ih blagoslovio, dok su ostali župljani formirajući špalir iskazivali čašćenje Blaženikovim relikivijama i molitvom tražili zagovor za zdravlje i druge osobne nakane blaženom Ivanu.

U župi sv. Ivana Pavla II. u Eastwood Citiy (Libis) slavljena je misa istog dana točno u podne. To je bio blagoslov za ovu župu da se slavi svetkovina bl. Ivana, koja je posvećena svetom papi Ivanu Pavlu II. koji je 22. lipnja 2003. beatificirao blaženog Ivana. Svetu misu je predslavio župnik župe Arnel Recinto, a na misi se okupio također veliki broj župljana koji su bili radosni zbog proslave svetkovine u njihovoj župi i čašćenja relikvija. Upečatljiva je bila šestogodišnja djevojčica koja je uputila vicepostulatoru pitanje: „Tko je on? Mislim da bi on trebao biti moj zaštitnik i mamin isto, zar ne?“ Isto tako djevojčica je zainteresirano, pokazujući na relikvijar upitala: „Što je to, je li to sveto?“ Na što joj je Vicepostulator sasvim jednostavnim njoj razumljivim riječima pojasnio: „On je bl. Ivan Merz, apostol mladih. Da on je svet, znaš li zašto? Zato jer je cijeli svoj život proveo služeći Gospodinu. Ja mislim da bi on trebao biti tvoj zaštitnik. Uvijek se moli Bogu, Majci Mariji i blaženom Ivanu, u redu?“ Umijesto odgovora djevojčica se potvrdno nasmiješila.

Proslava svetkovine bl. Ivana je svečano završila večernjom svetom misom u kapeli sv. Pedra Calungsoda na SM Aura Premiere, Taguig City. Stotine vjernika se okupilo tako da je sveta misa morala biti slavljena izvan kapele, a misu je slavio vlč. Gil Dulay. Brat Jorge Kevin Ison je uveo vjernike u svetu misu i nekoliko riječi progovorio o blagdanu bl. Ivana, dok je vicepostulator Dave Dela Cruz govorio vjernicima o bl. Ivanu Merzu. Vicepostulator je i prije završnog blagoslova rekao nekoliko riječi. Tom prilikom je istaknuo da je 95% filipinskih mladih udaljeno od Krista i pod utjecajem zloga te je naglasio da je zbog toga potrebno Gospodinu i Majci Mariji upućivati molitve za mlade po zagovru bl. Ivana Merza, a svoje navode je potkrijepio i svojim vlastitim iskustvom i izbavljenjem, jer se molio sv. Ivanu Pavlu II. i bl. Ivanu Merzu za zagovor da se udalji od zlog duha, te je potvrdio kako su ovaj svetac i blaženik zaista snažni zagovornici i kako nečastivi ima strah od njihova zagovora. Nakon svjedočenja Vicepostulatora vlč. Gil Dulay je relikvijama bl. Ivana blagoslovio okupljene mlade a nakon svete mise župljani su imali prilike častiti relikvije i moliti se pred njima za zagovor blaženog Ivana.

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Na koncu, zaista je bio blagoslov ali isto tako i prekrasno iskustvo svim suradnicima Vicepostulature za kanonizaciju bl. Ivana Merza na Filipinima proslaviti blagdan našeg blaženika. Ovim aktivnostima vjerujemo da će mnogi mladi, a po zagovoru bl. Ivana, okrenuti svoj život Gospodinu, i da će mnoge njihove molitve biti uslišane po zagovoru bl. Ivana Merza.

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Vijest priredio: Gabriel Adriane D. Mendez

Na hrvatski preveo: Petar Bilobrk

 

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U nastavku donosimo originalnu vijest kako nam je na engleskom poslana s Filipina.

Manila celebrated Bl. Ivan’s Feast Day

 

(Manila, Philippines) The Vice Postulator for the Cause of Canonization of the Apostle of the Youth, Bl. Ivan Merz, with the cooperation of its members and officials, celebrated the feast day of Bl. Ivan Merz with Holy Sacrifices of Mass in different parts of the Metro.

 

Last May 5, Tuesday, Bro. Dave dela Cruz, the vice postulator for the cause of canonization of Bl. Ivan Merz, called for an urgent meeting with his members and officials for the upcoming feast day of Bl. Ivan. The final plan is to have Masses in 2 Catholic Church and 1 Chapel in Metro Manila and the exposition of the Holy Relics of Bl. Ivan including the particle of his bone, piece of his cloth and wood from his coffin. May 9 was chosen to be the day of celebration because May 10 this year falls on a Sunday of Easter Season.

 

May 9, 2015, the day has come to celebrate the feast day of the Apostle of the Youth. The first Holy Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Quezon City exactly 6 in the morning. Fr. Alfredo Jun Pascual, the pastor, presided the Mass. Even though the Holy Mass was celebrated in the morning, many of the parishoners especially the youth attended and the Mass for the feast day of Bl. Ivan. After the mass, Fr. Alfredo called the youth to go infront of the altar for the blessing and, afterwards, he requested the parishoners to form in line at the isle to venerate the holy relic. Some of the parishoners are suffering from health disorder and different tragedies of life while some are asking to grant their prayers and wishes through the intersession of Bl. Ivan.

 

The next mass was celebrated noontime at St. John Paul II Parish at Eastwood City (Libis). It was a blessing that one of the mass for the feast day was celebrated in a parish which was entitled after his holiness, Pope John Paul II, because it was he who beatified Bl. Ivan on June 22, 2003. Fr. Arnel Recinto, the pastor, presided the Holy Mass. Parishoners are very pleased to venerate the holy relic. There was an instance where a 6 year-old girl asked me this, “Who is he? I think he should be my (patron) saint and my mom also, right? What is that (pointing at the reliquary) is that holy?” I answered her with simple thoughts. “He is Bl. Ivan Merz, Apostle of the Youth. Yes he is holy, you know why? Because he spent his whole life serving the Lord. For me, yes, he should be your (patron) saint. Always pray to God, Mama Mary and to Bl. Ivan, okay?” As a reply the little girl smiled at me.

 

The celebration was solemnly ended with an Evening Mass at San Pedro Calungsod Chapel at SM Aura Premiere, Taguig City. Hundreds of people gathered to the point that the attendance reached outside the Chapel to celebrate the Holy Mass with Fr. Gil Dulay. Bro. Jorge Kevin Ison introduced the feast activities and Bro. Dave Dela Cruz introduced Bl. Ivan Merz through a catechism. Bro. Dave also gave words of wisdom before the final blessing. He pointed out that 95% of our youth are influenced by the devil. He said that we need to pray harder especially for the youth and humbly ask Jesus Christ and Mama Mary’s protection through the intersession of Bl. Ivan Merz. He also told a story about his experience in Deliverance Ministry. He used St. John Paul II and Bl. Ivan Merz’ holy relic and ask for there intercession to drive away the evil spirit, they are powerful intercessors and the devil is afraid of these two saints of the youth. Afterwards, Fr. Gil called all the youth to come infront for a special blessing with the relic of Bl. Ivan. After the Mass, the parishoners venerate the holy relics and had the chance to be prayed over for protection through the intercession of Bl. Ivan Merz.

 

Philippines was recognized as the “World’s Most Religious Country” because of it’s undying and sincere devotion to Our Lord. It was a blessing and a wonderful experience for us members and officials of the Office for the Cause of Canonization of Bl. Ivan Merz here in the Philippines to celebrate the feast day of Bl. Ivan Merz. Through this religious activites that we’ve done, the faithful, especially the youth, turned not just their eyes but also their whole life to God through the intercession of Bl. Ivan. I’m looking forward that many prayers and petitions will be granted through the powerful intersession of Bl. Ivan Merz.

 

Gabriel Adriane D. Mendez