The Wonder and the Warfare

by Ciel Tagaza Worship is our response to God’s revelation. When we are filled with wonder at His goodness, His works and His power; when we are grateful for His blessings and saving grace, it’s only natural to praise Him. … Continue reading

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WHY WE WORSHIP (Part 2)

by Ciel Tagaza Previously, I discussed how initiative and self-awareness are important in worship. While it is and must be directed to God, worship also involves introspection. We must also ask ourselves these questions when it comes to worship gatherings: … Continue reading

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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