Stunning colors, music, and acts of piety welcomed Jesus Christ in the University of Asia and the Pacific’s (UA&P) annual Eucharistic Procession yesterday.
More than 400 students, faculty, staff, and visitors adored the Blessed Sacrament in the procession that lasted an hour and a half.
Floral carpets adorned three of the ‘stations’ of the procession — the Administration and Library Building, APEC Communication Building, and Multi-Purpose Court, transforming them from mere workplaces or sports areas into royal courts.
Volunteers arranged the carpets from the previous day to a few hours before the event.
In a homily prior to the procession, UA&P’s Honorary Vice Grand Chancellor and Opus Dei Regional Vicar Fr. Carlos Estrada said the activity “manifests our faith in God” who is present in ordinary life and, tangibly, in the Blessed Sacrament.
Fr. Estrada also reminded everyone to “grow in faith,” abandoning oneself to God especially in this Year of Faith opened by Pope Benedict XVI last October 11.Before the procession, social networking sites Twitter and Facebook were already abuzz about the awaited event.
The procession culminated with the celebration of the Holy Mass at the Stella Orientis Oratory. The University’s three resident choirs — Stella Orientis Choir, UA&P Chorale, and AmberJive! — each contributed musical pieces in the Mass.
The Eucharistic Procession was first held at UA&P in 2005, which had been declared the Year of the Eucharist. The University community has since looked forward to November for this yearly activity.
As expected, this year’s procession left many participants in awe and joy:
Naiinlove ako sa UA&P dahil sa flower carpets for EP. Ang ganda eh. 🙁 😀 #proudDragon :))
— nadine robrigado (@goNADsdoNADs_) November 22, 2012
— Lalay Fuster (@lalayfuster) November 22, 2012
On a high! Very moving Eucharistic Procession in UA&P. So happy to be part of it. Deo gratias. #EP2012
— Dette Uy Malayo (@DetteMalayo) November 22, 2012
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