Saturday, October 22, 2011

This blog...

... will, for the meantime, act as the official website of Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph, a lay community of Roman Catholics in the Philippines who are greatly attracted to to the pre-Vatican II forms of the Latin Rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Among these forms, the best well-known and far and away the most widespread at this time is the "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite" (see Summorum Pontificum, its accompanying letter, and its authoritative interpretation) which properly refers to the form of the Roman Rite that is celebrated according to the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal (see also this webpage). It is popularly referred to as the "Tridentine Rite". 

The organization now known as Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph was officially founded on December 18, 1987 after preparations that began in 1986. However, it currently takes its name from the Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei Adflicta promulgated by Pope John Paul II on July 2, 1988. Through many vicissitudes, and always maintaining obedience to the diocesan authorities, this society managed to preserve the celebration of the "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite" in the Archdiocese of Manila and, after 2002, in the Diocese of Cubao.  I's current home is the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in the Diocese of Cubao, where the parish priest -- Fr. Michell Joe B. Zerrudo -- celebrates the "Extraordinary Form" Mass daily. 

In 2010, Ecclesia Dei Society of St. Joseph was formally accepted by Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce as its first (and, so far, its only) affiliated organization in the Philippines. 

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