Liturgical Music in PIL

April 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CIRCULAR NO. 2010 – 08

26 February 2010



In its continuing response to the call of Vatican II for Liturgical Renewal and as a reply to the request of Parish Priests for proper training for music ministries, the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, Manila and the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy will hold a LITURGICAL MUSIC MODULE on May 24 – June 4, 2010 at the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy, Barrio San Jose, Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

The Liturgical Music Module has been designed to accommodate the different levels of musical inclination and skills of church people especially involved in and responsible for providing liturgical music in places of worship.

Each of the three modules will tackle topics ranging from Church Documents, to Fundamentals of Music, to Basic Musical Skills, to singing techniques and handling choir conducting by renowned professors in music and liturgy. For details of course description, please see attached leaflet.

A pre-registration should be made through email: or; text at 09209132069 or call us at 4043891. A fee of Php. 10,000.00 is required to cover board and lodging and module fee. Slots are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.

We sincerely enjoin you to take advantage of this special opportunity to learn and understand more this aspect of our Christian worship. May we ask the Liturgical Directors of Diocesan Commissions to send out invitations to their respective dioceses to help in reaching interested participants.

For more information, please call (02) 4043891.

Yours in Christ,



Ministry for Liturgical Music

Noted by:



Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, Manila



April 3, 2010 at 9:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(Speech delivered at the launching of the Philippine Academy for Liturgical Research on March 8, 2010, at the Arzobispado de Manila.)

For twenty-five years Filipino liturgists, majority of who were trained at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome , have been sharing their expertise in the yearly update of the directors of diocesan liturgy commissions. Nearly the same liturgists have been generously offering assistance as lecturers at Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay since its establishment twenty years ago. I wish to recall that the institute was established in that last remaining portion of paradise in the Philippines through the inspired initiative and efforts of His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who was then Bishop of Malaybalay.

When the Graduate School of Liturgy was instituted in San Beda College as an academic offshoot of the institute in Malaybalay, liturgists from the academe did not hesitate to collaborate in the scholarly formation of future liturgists in the Philippines and other parts of Asia . These academically trained liturgists also sustain the National Liturgy Conference, which is held yearly in Manila with the aim of promoting the liturgy of Vatican II, especially among lay leaders. Dome of the aforementioned liturgists are also active in the Asian Liturgy Forum that is hosted yearly by its nation members. Needless to say these liturgists are engaged as formators, professors, and directors of liturgy in their respective dioceses and communities.

In both the academe and pastoral ministry Filipino liturgists exhibit admirable dedication to the Church in the Philippines and loyalty to Vatican II’s program of liturgical renewal. Formed under the aegis of the Constitution on the Liturgy, they are faithful standard bearers of its principles and criteria of reform whose pivot is active participation.

However, as one can suspect, after graduation the majority of our academically trained liturgists have become absorbed in the task of formation. If they meet each other in conventions, they do not have the leisure to engage in academic discussion. If they meet each other in conventions, they do not have the leisure to engage in academic discussion. Teaching in theological schools encourages continuing research and study, but the burden of other obligations can limit the extent of their scholarly pursuit. Alas some have even shelved their thesis for which they had spent years of discipline research, perhaps with great personal sacrifice.

The Philippine Academy of Liturgical Research was organized to gather Filipino liturgists in order to provide them the much needed opportunity to be among themselves and to revive their academic fervor through scholarly exchange. Every year, for two days, they will share and discuss their thesis, particularly its methodology,  bibliography, and conclusions. Patient scholarly research, often accompanied by emotional stress and personal crisis, attended the writing of their thesis. But all that should be compensated by personal satisfaction of being able to offer to the Church and the academe the fruit of their labor. Their thesis should not gather dust in the shelves of their private libraries. They should not be consigned to oblivion.

The Academy has so far enlisted around thirty members from all over the country. I would like to believe that there are more whom we can still gather. These are Filipinos who are in possession of the academic degree of doctorate, licence, or master in liturgy. It might come across as an elite and exclusive group, but we do not have to apologize for it. Our Filipino liturgists deserve to have an Academy where they can deepen their love and service as trained liturgists through serious research work.

I am in debt of three liturgists that helped in the establishment of the Academy: Fr. Genaro Diwa, who benevolently accepted the position of president and convenor, Dean Josefina Manabat, and Fr. Virgilio Hernandez. I cannot adequately thank the Leitourgos of the Archdiocese of Manila, His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, for his support of the Academy.

Mabuhay Philippine Academy of Liturgical Research! Ad multos et proficuos annos!

That in all things God may be glorified.

Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB

Seminars on Liturgy

April 2, 2010 at 1:26 am | Posted in Formation, Formation of Clergy, Seminar | Leave a comment
July 13-15, 2010 – Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest:
A Review of Norms and Practices
Pre-register not later than June 20, 2010
Arrival of participants on July 12, 2010
Fee: Php 3,500.00

August 10-12, 2010 – Women in the Liturgy
Pre-register not later than July 15, 2010
Arrival of participants on August 9, 2010
Fee: Php 3,500.00

September 28-30, 2010 – Todos Los Santos
Pre-register not later than September 10, 2010
Arrival of participants on September 27, 2010
Fee: Php 3,500.00


November 3, 2009 at 1:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We, the delegates to the 24th National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy, met in Baguio City  from September 21-24, 2009 to discuss the pressing issue of “The Music of the Liturgical Year”.  The meeting was held under the generous auspices of the Most Rev. Carlito Cenzon, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Baguio.  We express profound gratitude to him and to his clergy and faithful.  We are pleased to share the outcome of our common study.

  1. The Constitution on Liturgy teaches that “sacred music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites” (art. 112). The statement applies with equal force to the music that blends or integrates itself with the liturgical year.
  2. Each season of the liturgical year possesses distinct character and content.  By its lyrics, melody, rhythm, and use of musical instruments the music for the Mass should allow the faithful to enter into the spirit of each liturgical season. Thus, the assembly will readily associate the music with the corresponding season and by constant use assimilate its meaning and spirit. It is necessary to capture the distinctive character of each season, for example, the joyful anticipation of the season of Advent or the penitential mood of Lent.
  3. Recourse should be made to the legacy of Gregorian Chant especially in the Graduale Romanum as model for the music of the liturgical year.  We need to compile suitable vernacular music for the Ordinary of the Mass, in much the same way as the compilers of the Graduale Romanum had done. We refer to the greetings and responses, Kyrie, Gloria, Alleluia or gospel acclamation, Credo, Sanctus, memorial acclamation, the Great Amen, Lord’s Prayer, and Agnus Dei.  Likewise, the settings need to be classified according to the theme of each liturgical season.
  4. We strongly encourage composers to use the liturgical texts in the Sacramentary and Lectionary as lyrics for their compositions.  In accord with the Roman tradition, appropriate psalms may be used in an antiphonal manner as entrance, offertory, and communion songs.
  5. For the Ordinary of the Mass, composers should strictly follow the translation approved for liturgical use, taking utmost care that what is sung accords with the official text so that there will be uniformity in the recitation of basic Christian prayers like the Lord’s Prayer and Glory be.
  6. The quality of musical performance is highly valued in our cultural world.  There are occasions when the assembly should not be deprived of an uplifting experience of worship through exceptional musical performance like choral singing in some parts of the Mass according to the liturgical norms. This is based on the principle of progressive solemnity that distinguishes the seasons of the liturgical year and promises something that the assembly can look forward to when feasts like Christmas and Easter are celebrated.

As we share with the local Churches these conclusions of our meeting, we commit ourselves to promote in our country a musical liturgy that respects the character of the liturgical year, the artistic value of music, and the musical culture of the Filipino people.

That in all things God may be glorified.

13th Asian Liturgy Forum – Statement

September 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


A s I a n   L i t u r g y   F o r u m (ALF)
South-East Asian Region,
September 16-20, 2009
Bahay Pari, San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex, Edsa, Makati City

We, the delegates to the 13th Asian Liturgy Forum of South-East Asia, met from September 16-19, 2009 to discuss the timely and urgent topic of Liturgical Year and Inculturation.  The meeting was held in Bahay-Pari of San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex, Makati City, Philippines, under the auspices of His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop of Manila to whom we express profound gratitude.  The delegates to the meeting came from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. We are now pleased to share the result of our three-day meeting.

  1. The history of the liturgical year shows that the calendar of feasts has been constantly adjusting itself to political, cultural, and religious environment of local Churches.  This should serve as a guiding principle in our work of inculturating the liturgical year.
  2. We note that inculturation normally takes place within the framework of approved liturgical books, whereby the substantial unity of the Roman Rite is preserved.  Hence, the inculturation of the liturgical calendar does not result in a totally new calendar that is an alternative to the typical edition of the Roman Rite.
  3. However, we acknowledge that inculturation might not always be sufficient to address certain local needs.  We would not preclude the creation of particular liturgical calendars while retaining the register of feasts of the Roman Rite.
  4. Roman traditional liturgical symbols may need to be adjusted in accord with the seasons of the year in the local Church.  This would be applicable, for example, to liturgical feasts like Christmas and Easter whose original symbols do not correspond to existing seasons of the year in a particular Church.
  5. Inspired by liturgical history, we recognize the role of local cultural and social traditions in the institution of some liturgical feasts like the Chair of St. Peter in Rome, which originated in the ancestral feast of ancient Rome called parentalia.  In accord with liturgical norms, local Churches could institute feasts derived from their traditional and other established practices.
  6. Likewise, the cycle of human work has shaped some liturgical celebrations like Rogation and Ember days.  We believe that in the industrial world marked by the rhythm of work and rest, production and consumption, and strikes and negotiations, the Church should similarly establish pertinent liturgical feasts.
  7. In regions where popular pious exercises abound and continue to be meaningful to the faithful the liturgical calendar can be enriched by the integration of popular religious practices with the liturgical feasts.
  8. Sometimes political situations have left their mark on the liturgical calendar as witnessed by the institution of the feasts of Christ the King and St. Joseph the Worker.  Local Churches may propose similar feasts to accompany the faithful across political systems.

In conclusion, given that time is relative, that situations are provisional, and that culture and traditions are in constant evolution, the Church should continue to revise, reinvent, and create liturgical feasts that meet the actual needs of the faithful.

That in all things God may be glorified.

What PIL is?

August 26, 2009 at 10:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Paul VI Institute of Liturgy or PIL is dedicated to the development of lay people and priests involved in the preparation, teaching and celebration of the Liturgy. Modules that tackle different aspects of the Liturgy are offered in the course of the year.”

– Fr. Dennis S. Soriano, M.A.Lit.
Diocesan Ministry for Liturgical Affairs
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National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy 2009

July 22, 2009 at 6:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

24th National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy
Baguio City, September 21-24, 2009

Venue: Venus Parkview Hotel
Host: Diocese of Baguio
Arrival Date: September 21 before 6:00 P.M.
Departure Date: September 25.
Registration Fee: Php 3,000.00

Monday, September 21
6:00 Vespers and Welcome Address (Our Lady of Lourdes Church) 
           Keynote Address: Most Rev. Romulo Valles, D.D.
7:00 Dinner and Cultural Presentation (Venus Parkview Hotel)

Tuesday, September 22
6:30 Lauds and Holy Eucharist (Our Lady of Lourdes Church)
7:30 Breakfast (Venus Parkview Hotel)
9:00 Theology and Themes of the Liturgical Year: Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco 10:00 Break
10:30 Advent and Christmas Seasons: Fr. Nilo Mangussad
12:00 Lunch 3:00 Regional and ECL Meetings
6:00 Vespers (Our Lady of Lourdes Church)
6:30 Dinner (Venus Parkview Hotel)

Wednesday, September 23
* Same schedule as on September 22,
except: 9:00 Season of Lent and Holy Week: Dr. Josefina Manabat
10:30 Easter Season: Fr. Benildus Ma. Maramba
1:00 Cultural Tour of Baguio City

Thursday, September 24:
Today the delegates to the 24th NMMDL honor with gratitude Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ, who immensely contributed to the shaping and development of musical liturgy in the Philippines. Today his compositions will be sung for the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharistic Celebration.

* Same schedule as on September 22,
except: 9:00 Sundays in Ordinary Time: Fr. Manuel Francisco
10:30 Solemnities and Feasts of the Lord: Fr. Timoteo Ofrasio
2:30 The Music of Fr. E. Hontiveros: Fr. Manuel Francisco:
3:30 Plenum: Testimonial for Fr. E. Hontiveros
and Conferral of Posthumous Sacrosanctum Concilium Award for Liturgical Music.
4:00 Reports, Resolutions, Business Matter, and Awarding of Certificates
6:00 Concluding Eucharist (Baguio Cathedral)
7:00 Dinner and Cultural Presentation (Rooftop of Porta Vaga)

1. The delegates are the Directors and Assistant Directors of the diocesan liturgy commissions (or their representative), professors of liturgy, directors of liturgy commissions or committees for religious congregations and seminaries, graduates and students of the Graduate School of Liturgy (San Beda College), and alumni of Paul VI Institute of Liturgy. This year the delegates of the Asian Liturgy Forum will join the National Meeting.

2. For those who have not registered yet, please contact as soon as possible Mr. Prodencio Bognay: 09095890900 or email:

3. Delegates are requested to arrange for their transport to and from Baguio. 4. Since the venue is in the center of the city (along Burnham Park), it will be convenient to visit during free time the places of interest at a walking distance from the hotel. Distant places like Camp John Hay, Mines View, and the Philippine Military Academy will be part of the tour on September 23.


Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB

That in all things God may be glorified.

Pastoral Liturgy for the Clergy

July 19, 2009 at 12:50 am | Posted in Formation of Clergy | Leave a comment


Reservations to this conference should be made in advance with Ms. Susan Inoceno or Mr. Arwin Gregorio at 4043891, 5278983 (fax) or email us at Please note that reservations are on “first come, first serve” basis.

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