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.

~ by Martin Gaerlan on December 11, 2006.

4 Responses to “1927 Fiesta Invitation: Our Lady of Loreto, Sampaloc.”

  1. We are working on the canonical coronation of the Virgin of Loreto in Sampaloc. Can you provide us a sopy of this invitation which can be part of documents which we will submit to Archdiocese of Manila?

  2. Sampaloc.balilc-balic has a nice history.I’ve researching this for long time.can you put some pictures if you have so that I can see how people live during those times please.

  3. Christopher, thanks for your note. what is your specific interest in researching about the history of balic-balic? How long have you been doing your research>

  4. History is a great teacher… Daghang Salamat sa ‘posting’..it is an excellent ‘lamp post’ as to how we celebrate fiestas today.. just look at the intense and profound moments of devotion, the availment of the holy Sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist more and over the ‘materialistic’ approaches of modern festivities. IT WAS 1917.. yet our good pastors indeed acculturised themselves into the lingua of the common tao, spanish, tagalog, visayan etc.
    prayers and greetings from DAVAO ORIENTAL.

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