1927 Fiesta Invitation: Our Lady of Loreto, Sampaloc.
Image: Front Cover of the Fiesta Invitation, Our Lady of Loreto, Sampaloc, Manila (December, 1927). Collection of the Curator of the Museo de la Santisima Trinidad.
Seventy-nine years ago, the parish priest of Sampaloc sent out an invitation for the fiesta celebration of the Virgin of Loreto on December 11, 1927. The invitation described the various religious activities scheduled for the duration of the fiesta celebration.
In the morning, every day, there were high masses at 6:15 am except on Sundays. On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, mass was at 8:00 am and followed by a novena mass. In the afternoon, novena mass was held at 6:15pm with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the recitation of the Holy Rosary. Joyful hymns were sung, a sermon delivered, the litany sung and ending with the benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament and the Hail Holy Queen to honor the Blessed Virgin.
On the second, third, and fourth day, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for 40 hour jubiless culminating in the procession at church patio. During all the days of the novena, there were confessions in Spanish, Tagalog, Visayan, “Zambal” and English. The solemn Mass celebrated during Saturday were for those who contributed and donated for the financing of the fiesta. Additional masses were held at 7:00am and 10am and the 8:00 mass was solemnized with a sermon.
The devotees of the Virgin Mother were given an opportunity to assist in the procession of the image. The first procession was held on the eve of the novena which ended at 5:00pm. The second procession was held in the afternoon of the fiesta at 6:00pm going around the principle streets of the district.
On the 13th day, at 6:30am, a mass was held for the souls of the benefactors of the parish. The Archbishop of Manila granted 100 days of indulgence for all who participated in the religious activities.