WHY WE WORSHIP (Part 1)

Ciel Tagaza Worship is more than a Christian obligation – it’s a lifestyle. By lifestyle, I mean it is ingrained in one’s life. It becomes a habit, and like any habit or routine, it can get comfortable. You know how … Continue reading

Posted in July 2016, Worship | 1 Comment

The Message

Ciel Tagaza A number of Catholics trade going to Mass for other church services because the concert-style worship and the talks bordering on theatrical are more engaging. The good news for us Catholics is we do not have to give … Continue reading

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Life in the Spirit

Ciel Tagaza We are celebrating Pentecost this Sunday. We commemorate the first Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ disciples and three thousand people were converted and baptized in the Spirit. It is the same Spirit that moves, transforms … Continue reading

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Charismatic Worship

by Ciel Tagaza Hands down, the Mass is the highest form of worship. The faithful who goes to Mass keeps Jesus’ commandment to do this in remembrance of Him. The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist … Continue reading

Posted in April 2016, Worship | Leave a comment

Celebrating Lent

by Ciel Tagaza We recently celebrated the fourth Sunday of Lent when the Church takes a breather from its penitential stance – the altar is adorned with flowers, the choir sings more fully and the priest wears pink vestments. Called … Continue reading

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Worship as Sacrifice

Ciel Tagaza As we begin the Lenten season, we are called to penance, prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Sacrifice is highlighted. You know how we associate sacrifice with giving up something? More than give up little indulgences (like eating sweets, watching … Continue reading

Posted in February 2015, Worship | Leave a comment

Fulfilling Our Baptismal Promise

Ciel Tagaza Christmastime ended last Sunday with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The priest who celebrated the Mass I attended reminded us churchgoers of our own baptismal promises. I deem it timely to repost this article I wrote … Continue reading

Posted in Jan 2016, Worship | Leave a comment

Homecoming

By Ciel Tagaza We are on the second week of Advent. For some, this time of year can be stressful. The decorating, gift-shopping, the holiday rush, the Christmas parties – people can get lost in the festivities. For others, this … Continue reading

Posted in December 2015, Worship | Leave a comment

Prayer Simplified

Ciel Tagaza As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have … Continue reading

Posted in November 2015, Worship | Leave a comment

Learning from God’s Creation

By Ciel Tagaza God’s fingerprint is on every natural and celestial being.  Every creature is good, as God made it to be. Every handiwork glorifies the One who made them all. We get glimpses of God’s splendor and power in … Continue reading

Posted in October 2015, Worship | Leave a comment

Fasting and Feasting

by Ciel Tagaza Our Catholic charismatic community celebrated its 17th anniversary last weekend. In preparation for our annual concert, we held a 3-day communal fast to accompany our prayers and intentions. You see, none of the all-community-members cast and crew … Continue reading

Posted in September 2015, Worship | Leave a comment