Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dennis Raymond P. Maturan, MAT

Finally last March 22 in the morning, San Sebastian College-Recoletos of Manila held its Graduation Rites for the undergraduate and graduate students. I  finally received my Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (Master of Arts in Theology for Laypersons) after successfully defending my thesis on the Tridentine Mass. I was the only layperson in this year's batch to receive the degree and was the last person to be called after the MBA graduates received their diplomas. Kneeling infront of the Graduate Institute Dean, Dr. Vaughn S. Elwyn Buaquina, my mother Sylvia Policarpio Maturan and my sister Ma. Theresa Maturan bestowed upon me the blue hood while Dr. Buaquina placed upon my head the Masteral Cap then receiving my diploma afterwards from the College President, Rev. Fr. Anthony A. Morillo, OAR. Congratulations to my fellow Sebastinians Batch 2010!

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Oratio Imperata for Rain

God our loving Father, creator of our earth and of the universe, and all the wondrous elements of nature that sustain your living creatures, we humbly ask you to send us the rain that our country needs so badly at this time, to irrigate our fields, to stave off a power shortage, to provide water for our bodily health, and to refresh our parched lands. At you command the wind and the seas obey, raise your hand Almighty God to send us so that crisis may be averted. Merciful and generous God, open our eyes to the richness and beauty of your creation and instill in us a deep love for this earth and all that is in and around it. Teach us to be wise stewards of your creation so that we may always use them responsibly and protect them from abuse and exploitation. At this time of crisis, dear lord, move us to share more and to love more. Loving God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you entrusted the Filipino people to the special care of Mary our Mother, listen to the prayers that we bring up to her, our Blessed Mother, to intercede for us, for the protection of our land and our people, whom she loves. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us. Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.