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First Solemn Pontifical Mass by a ruling Filipino bishop in his diocese since 1970

On April 27, 2010, feast of St. Peter Canisius, His Excellency Antonio Tobias, Bishop of Novaliches, offered Solemn Pontifical Mass in the convent chapel of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in his diocese. He was assisted by priests and brothers belonging to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.

This Mass is only the second Solemn Pontifical Mass to be celebrated by a Filipino bishop since September 14, 2007 (the first one had been offered by Bishop Camilo Gregorio of the Prelature of Batanes on September 14, 2008 -- see this for a report on that Mass), and the first to be offered by a Filipino Ordinary in his own diocese since 1970.

Bishop Tobias had offered Solemn Pontifical Mass for the 2003 international colloquium of the Centre International d'Etudes Liturgiques in France, and a "Low Mass with Solemnity" last year, also in the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate.


  1. C. 2000, there was a Filipino bishop who offered a Solemn Pontifical Mass (1962 Missal) twice in his own diocese. However, said Masses were celebrated with so little preparation, scandalous laxity and such terrible abuses that, in my estimation, they "don't count" at all.

  2. This is excellent news, Mr. Palad. I am sincerely happy for the Philippines. Of course this is not yet the end of the road, as there remains much to be done in your country (especially with Fr. Chupungco having the upper hand on all things liturgical and more generally with a deep-rooted modernism in the Filipino clergy). However, after the creation of an ad hoc TLM Chaiplancy in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, this is yet another brick. Congratulations! M thoughts and prayers are with the traditional-minded Catholic Filipinos.

  3. wow! This is a Wonderful news! I am praying that in every part of the Philippines, the Traditional Latin Mass would be celebrated without any hesitation.

    May the FI attract more vocation in the Philippines!

  4. Anonymous11:39 AM

    hi Carlos! i always read rorate caeli. It is so nice to know that the reform of the reform is catching up in the Philippines.

    I thought April 27 is the feast
    of St. Peter Chanel, martyr of Oceania not St. Peter Canisius.

  5. Anonymous11:47 AM

    It is nice to know that the "usus antiquor" is getting attention in the Philippines. We should have more bishops like Bishop Tobias!

    I wish to congratulate the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate for fostering the Latin Mass in the Philippines. May the Immaculate continue to bless your apostolate and may She grant me to belong to your Fraternity.

    just a note, I thought that April 27 is the feast of St. Peter Chanel, martyr of Oceania not St. Peter Canisius, a Jesuit and Doctor of the Church.

  6. Anonymous11:57 AM

    When will you be rid of the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila who is so against the Tridentine latin Mass and Catholic tradition, and replaced by a much younger man who has a great appreciation for the glories and beautiies of our Holy Faith, most especially expressed in the Tridentine Latin Mass?

  7. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Was Fr. Anscar Chupungco there?

  8. Anonymous12:32 PM

    In all seriousness, that is fabulous lace. Do we know how / where to get it ?

  9. "I thought April 27 is the feast
    of St. Peter Chanel, martyr of Oceania not St. Peter Canisius."

    April 27 is the feast of St. Peter Canisius in the 1962 Missal, which was used for this Mass.

    The feast of St. Peter Chanel is April 28 in the calendar of the Missal of Paul VI.

  10. Anonymous2:30 PM

    Good to see a Bishop who cares for the spiritual wishes and welfare of his flock. And not his own stubborn preferences. Good for the Philippines and all the faithful. I hope it was well attended and continues to grow, spreading grace on all those who can attend. Good job, Bishop. You are bringing much good with this.

  11. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Mr Palad,

    This wonderful powerful news!

    Do you know if the TLM is offered daily at this convent.

    Also, could you please tell me how many parishes offer the TLM in the Phillipines?
    God bless

    Dan Hunter

  12. Anonymous4:42 PM

    It is good to see the cloths on the communion rail. I notice the FSSP do this too, but not the FSSPX.

    Can anyone explain the proper use or story behind the use of communion rail cloths?



  13. Anonymous5:26 PM


    The FSSP doesn't use the cloth everywhere, nor would I assume that the SSPX universally does not use it. To be honest, the only order that I have seen use it universally is the Institute of Christ the King - or at least I don't remember it not being used in any of their Churches that I have been to.
    On a practical level, it serves both to help keep the hands of the communicant down, as they are supposed to place them under the cloth, and to catch any small pieces of the host which may evade the patten -- thus it ought to be washed in a special manner. Symbolically, it serves as a sort of a tablecloth for the divine marriage feast which is taking place at communion.


  14. Cyril6:16 PM

    The amount of lace in the last picture I feel is a bit too much for my liking, but others may disagree. As for the communion rail cloth, I've been to several SSPX chapels where it is always used.

  15. Thanks be to God for this Order that is promoting the Extraordinary form of the Mass and for this bishop willing and able to offer it!

  16. Praised be Jesus Christ, His Most Holy Mother, and Good Saint Joseph!
    How beautiful!
    Great news.

  17. Anonymous10:55 PM

    The more lace the better.

    It is a counter active move to battle the Miserablist drivel.

  18. Hestor11:21 PM

    Those look more like albs than actual cottas in the last photo.

  19. Anonymous11:31 PM

    The term is 'housling cloth'.

    Congratulations, Mr. Palad. The Philippines is the very centre of the Church in Asia. We must consider that, before 2000, there were no regular T.L.M.s in in the Islands. On the other side, the situation today is not as good as it was about two years ago.


  20. "Do you know if the TLM is offered daily at this convent."

    On most days, but not every day, or so I've been told. The schedule of their Masses isn't fixed either.

    The FFI has only ONE priest regularly stationed in Metropolitan Manila.

  21. Long Live Bishop Tobias!
    Long Live the Diocese of Novaliches!
    Long Live Franciscans of the Immaculate!

    I was there at that mass celebrated by Bishop Tobias. Please pray for them....I will pray for my chief shepherd of our Diocese.

  22. Anonymous9:20 AM

    There is a chapel under the jurisdiction of Bishop Tobias - Sto. Niño de Leyte Shrine - where, during special occasions, Mass (novus ordo) is celebrated "ad orientem", and it is accompanied with Gregorian Chant (de Angelis). While generally said in English, many parts are said in Latin especially the words of consecration.

  23. @ TOSF It is good to see the cloths on the communion rail. I notice the FSSP do this too, but not the FSSPX. > Not in all situation. I have been to the Church of Our Lady of Victories in New Manila, it is an SSPX Church, they use cloth in the communion rail. Communicants are expected to place their hands under the cloth.

  24. Anonymous6:31 AM

    I really cant believe that our Bishop Tobias, long considered as one of the radical bishops here in our country will offer the extraordinary form... well... all I can say is.... VIVA TOBIAS!


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