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Jed & Honey’s Wedding Missalette

04.11.15 Jed&Honey missal (coverpage)
The cover of Jed & Honey’s Missalette. Please click on the photo to view the missalette’s PDF copy or simply browse the contents as posted below. Hope this will be of help to you. 🙂


 Best Man

Groom & Parents

Bible Bearer

Ring Bearer

Arrhae Bearer

Junior Bridesmaids & Groomsmen


Secondary Sponsors

Principal Sponsors

Maid of Honor

Flower Girls

Bride’s Parents












Commentator: Good morning brothers and sisters in Christ.

We are gathered today to celebrate love. This Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass is an act of love and thanksgiving as we witness the exchange of vows between JED and HONEY. Today, they have come to bind themselves together in Holy Matrimony. Let us therefore ask God constantly guide them all the days of their lives.

Dear friends, let us welcome JED and HONEY and their wedding entourage.

Our celebrant is Rev. Fr. Joel A. Bilan, Jr.

Introductory Rite

Celebrant: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen.

Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

People: And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Dearly beloved JED and HONEY, God in some mysterious way, has drawn you together in love. But He leaves you free to make it grow or let it wither or die. The Lord will help you make it grow, if you do your share and stand to the commitment in the covenant which you are about to seal.

Penitential Rite

 Celebrant: Now, my brothers and sisters, coming together as God’s family, with confidence, let us call to mind our sins and ask for the Father’s forgiveness for He is full of compassion and love.

(Brief Silence)

All: I confess to Almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;

[And, striking their breast, they say] through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;

Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Celebrant: May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

People: Amen.

Song [Lord Have Mercy]

 Opening Prayer

 Celebrant: Let us pray. (Brief Silence)

Father, you have made the bond of marriage a holy, mystery, a symbol of Christ’s love for his Church.

Hear our prayers for Jed and Honey. With faith in You and in each other, they pledge their love today. May their lives always bear witness to the reality of that love. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Liturgy of the Word:

 Commentator: Please be seated and listen for the Liturgy of the Word.


A reading from the Book of Tobit [Tobit 8:5-7]

 Tobias rose from the bed and said to Sarah, “Get up, my sister; you and I must pray and petition our Lord to win his grace and his protection.” She stood up and they began praying for protection and this is how he began: “You are blessed, O God of our fathers; blessed too, is your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever. You made Adam and you gave him his Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human race descended. You said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.’ Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but of noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”


The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God!

Responsorial Psalm:

“How lovely is Your dwelling place, Oh Lord,

Mighty God, Lord of all!”

1. Even the lowly sparrow finds a home for her brood,

And the swallow, a nest for herself

Where she may lay her young

In Your altars, my King and my God. (Response)

2. Blessed are they whose dwelling is your own, Lord of Peace.

Blest are they refreshed by springs and by rain

When dryness daunts and scathes.

Behold my shield, my King and my God. (Response)

3. I would forsake a thousand other days anywhere

If I could spend one day in your courts, belong to you alone.

My strength are you alone, my glory, my King and my God. (Response)


A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians [1 Corinthians 12: 31-13: 8]

Strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. [Pause]

The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God!

Commentator: Let us stand for the Gospel Acclamation.



Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.

Celebrant: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 4:7-12)

People: Glory to you, O Lord.

Celebrant: Beloved, let us love one another, because love is God; everyone who lives is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through Him. This is love: not that we have loved God, but he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, O Lord Jesus Christ!

Commentator: Please be seated for the homily.




Commentator: Please remain seated for the rite of marriage.

We now come to the Marriage Rite.

WARREN and ROSABELLE now light the candles. Jed and Honey, Christ is the light, the source of life. May you always bear Christ’s light to others.

Jed and Honey entered the church as two separate individuals. In the Holy Matrimony, they have been joined by God and have become one flesh and one individual. The flame is a symbol of God’s warmth, wisdom, love, hope and life, now and forever.

[The candle sponsors shall approach the Altar to light their respective candle. They shall give the Lighted Candles to the couple (male candle sponsor to the groom and female candle sponsor to the bride).The couple lights the Unity Candle and returns to their seats thereafter.]

May we also request their parents and principal sponsors to please come forward and stand at either side of the couple to witness their exchange of vows.

[The Parents and the Principal sponsors form orderly around the couple as in a curve.]

[The priest stands in front of the couple.]

Celebrant: Dearly beloved Jed and Honey, you are here today to seal your love with an eternal bond before the Church. I assure you of the prayers of our community so that God may pour His abundant blessings of your love, and help you carry out the duties of the married state.

[addressing the congregation] And you, dear sponsors, parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends of Jed and Honey, may I ask you to help them with your prayers and accept them as a new couple in our Christian community.


Celebrant: [addressing the couple] May I now ask you to answer truthfully the following questions:

[to the bride] Honey, did you come here of your own free will to bind yourself forever in the love and service of your husband?

Honey: Yes, Father.

Celebrant: [to the groom] Jed, did you come here of your own free will to bind yourself forever in the love and service of your wife?

Jed: Yes, Father.

Celebrant: [addressing both] Jed and Honey, are you both ready to raise as good Christians the children whom God will give you?

Jed & Honey: Yes, Father.


Celebrant: [addressing the couple] Jed and Honey, since you wish to contract Holy Matrimony, please join your right hands and express your intention before God and his Church.

 [Bride and Groom join hands, facing each other.]

[to the bride] Honey, do you take Jed, here present, for your lawful husband, according to the   rite of our Holy Mother, the Church?

Honey: Yes, I do.

Celebrant: Do you give yourself to him as his wife?

Honey: Yes, I do.

Celebrant: Do you accept him as your lawful husband?

Honey: Yes, I do.

Celebrant: [to the groom] Jed, do you take Honey, here present, for your lawful wife, according to the rite of our Holy Mother, the Church?

Jed: Yes, I do.

Celebrant: Do you give yourself to her as her husband?

Jed: Yes, I do.

Celebrant: Do you accept her as your lawful wife?

Jed: Yes, I do.


Grant us, O Lord,

To be one heart and one soul

From this day forward

For better, for worse

For richer, for poorer

In sickness and in health

Until death do us part..


Celebrant: And I, by the authority of the Church, calling on all those present here as witness, confirm and bless the bond of marriage which you have contracted, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Commentator: For the blessings and exchange of rings and arrhae, may I request the Best Man HAROLD and the Maid of Honor LUVSHANE, to accompany the Derick Gabriel, ring bearer,  and HARVEY  to the altar. May we also request CYBER GLENN for the blessing of the Bible.


Celebrant: Jed and Honey, we shall now bless your arrhae and rings. [pause]

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

Celebrant: Let us pray. Bless O Lord, your servants, Jed and Honey, with sufficiency of material possessions, which these arrhae symbolize so that they may use them to attain eternal life, through Christ, our Lord.

All: Amen.


Celebrant: Bless O Lord, these rings, so that your servants, Jed and Honey who will wear them, may ever live in mutual love and unbroken loyalty, through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.


Celebrant: Bless O Lord, this Bible so that your servants Jed and Honey who shall use them, continue to place you at the center of their lives. May they continue to help spread your message to other people, and may they instill this too, in their children You will bless them, through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

[The priest sprinkles the Arrhae, the Rings and the Bible with holy water.]


Celebrant: The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of a spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts.  It is a seal of the vows which you, Jed and Honey have made. Now give these rings to each other.

[The priest takes the Ring of Honey and gives it to Jed who places it on finger of Honey, saying:]

Jed: Honey, wear this ring as a sign of my love and loyalty to you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Honey: Jed, wear this ring as a sign of my love and loyalty to you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Celebrant: Hold these arrhae in your hands as a sign that your blessings will no longer be held separately, but together. And may you always show that whatever possessions you may have in this life is not ultimately yours but God’s.

[The groom holds the arrhae in his cupped hands and the bride places her cupped hands under those of the groom who lets the coins fall into the bride’s hands, as he says:]

Jed: Honey, I give you this arrhae as a pledge of my concern and dedication to your welfare, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Honey: I accept them.

[Honey places the arrhae on the tray]


Celebrant: Jed and Honey, accept this Holy Bible, the Living Word of God. May His words be a source of guidance, strength and wisdom as you live together in life.

Jed and Honey: We accept God’s Word  with humility and fervent prayer that may God reign in our married life, in the family we will raise and in the home we will build together.

[The couple places the Bible on their pew.]


Celebrant: My dear brothers and sisters gathered in this assembly, it is my honor to present to you Jed and Honey as a newly married couple in our community. Let us give them a warm applause.

Commentator: The Parents of the Couple and the Principal Sponsors may now go back to their seats. Please stand for the Prayers of the Faithful.


Celebrant: Dearly beloved, let us pray for the Church and for our newly married couple whose marriage reflects Her union with Christ. In every petition, we say:

“Lord, graciously hear us.”

  1. For the Holy Church spread all over the world; for its leaders – Francis, our Pope, Arturo, our Bishop and all the clergy; and for the ruler of our nation. Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For the poor and the sick and for all those in trial and affliction, that they may be able to feel God’s love and compassion through others. Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For Jed and Honey, that God may keep their hearts united forever. Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. That He may protect the newly married couple from evil, lighten their burdens and fortify them in their trials. Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. That God may stir up the grace of the Sacrament in all the married couples here present. Let us pray to the Lord.

Celebrant: Almighty, eternal God, look down with favor upon your servants Jed and Honey. Grant that they may remain faithful to You and to one another. And at the end of a well-spent life, reward them with eternal happiness together with their children and with all those who love them. We ask this, through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Commentator: Please be seated for the preparation of the Gifts.



 Commentator: May I request RALPH JOSEPH and ERNEST RUELLIE to put on the VEIL. [The veil is laid over the head of Honey and the shoulder of Jed] Jed and Honey, the veil emphasizes your union and your mutual self-surrender. May you grow in unity and self-sacrifice as you begin a new stage of reciprocity and giftedness of self n your married life. [Pause]

 HOMER and JANICE shall put on the CORD. [Pause] [The Cord of an 8 is placed over the shoulders of the Couple) The cord refers to yoke which means two things: something has to be carried, and also something  that  unites those who carry it. Jed and Honey, may you always be united in carrying out your obligations of the married state. [Pause]

 CARMELO  and MARIANNE  shall put on  the RIBBON. [Pause]  The ribbon  refers to the love and respect you, Jed and Honey, will have with and for each other. Your divine union is built upon your friendship, made strong by your commitment, and made sacred by your love. You are each a blessing for the other; a comforter, lover, companion, and guide. You will enrich one another and discover many more blessings as you share your lives together every day. [Pause]



[The priest does the following silently while the Offertory Song is sung.]

 Celebrant: Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer  you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.

All: Blessed be God for ever.

Celebrant: Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.

All: Blessed be God for ever.

[When the wedding symbols are in place, the priest invites the people in the following words:]

 Celebrant: Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.

Commentator: Please stand.

All: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.


 Celebrant: Receive, we pray,  O Lord, the offering made in the occasion of this sealing of the sacred bond of Marriage, and, just as your goodness is its origin may your providence guide its course. Through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.


Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right and just.

Celebrant: It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,

Always and everywhere to give you thanks,

Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

Through Christ our Lord.

For you willed that the human race,

Created by the gift of your goodness,

Should be raised to such dignity

that in the union of husband and wife

you might bestow a true image of your love.

For those you created out of charity

You call to the law of charity without ceasing

And grant them a share in your eternal charity.

And so, the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony,

As the abiding sign of your own love,

Consecrates the love of man and woman,

Through Christ  our Lord.

Through Him, with the Angels and all the Saints,

We sing the hymn of your praise,

As without end we acclaim:


Commentator: Please kneel.


Celebrant: You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and  † Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took the bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:



In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving  thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying:






Priest: The mystery of faith.

Commentator: Please stand.


Celebrant: Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.

Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis our Pope and Arturo our Bishop and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy; welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with St. Joseph, her spouse, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ. [pause]

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever.

People: AMEN (to be Sung)

Celebrant: At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:




Celebrant: [addressing the congregation] Let us humbly invoke by our prayers, dear brothers and sisters, God’s blessings upon Jed and Honey, that in his kindness he may favor with his help those in whom he has bestowed the Sacrament of Matrimony.

[All pray in silence for a while. Then the priest, with hands extended over the bride and the groom continues…]

Celebrant: Holy Father, maker of the world, who created man and woman in your own image and willed that their union be crowned with your blessing, we humbly beseech you for these your servants, who are joined today in the Sacrament of Matrimony.

May your abundant blessing, Lord, come down upon Honey and Jed, her companion for life, and may the power of your Holy Spirit set their hearts aflame from on high, so that, living out together the gift of Matrimony, they may (adorn their family with children and) enrich the Church.

In happiness may they praise you, O Lord, in sorrow may they seek you out; may they have the joy of your presence to assist them in their toil, and know that you are near to comfort them in their need; let them pray to you in the holy assembly and bear witness to you in the world and after a happy old age, together with the circle of friends that surrounds them, may they come to the Kingdom of Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

[The prayer “Lord Jesus Christ…” is omitted and the “Peace of the Lord…” is said immediately]



Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

All: And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Let us offer each other the sign of peace.



Commentator: Please kneel.


Celebrant: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.


[After everyone has received communion, the Secondary sponsors may now  remove the wedding symbols in reversed order.]

Commentator: May I request Carmelo  and Marianne  to remove the cord.

May I request Homer  and Carla to remove the cord.

May I request Ralph Joseph and Janice to remove the veil.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Commentator: Please stand.

Celebrant: Almighty God, may the sacrifice we have offered and the Eucharist we have shared strengthen the love of Jed and Honey and give us all your fatherly aid. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.


Celebrant: [facing the couple] Jed and Honey, now that you have received the Sacrament of Matrimony, I admonish you to remain faithful to each other.

[to the bride] Honey, love your husband and be a good housewife; persevere in faith, love and in holiness.

[to the Groom] Jed, love your wife as Christ loves his Church, and live with her in the holy fear of the Lord.



Celebrant: [Addressing the congregation] We shall now give the newly-weds the three-fold blessings. [Pause]. The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Celebrant: May the Lord Jesus, who graced the marriage at Cana by his presence, bless you and your loved ones.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: May he, who loved the Church to the end, unceasingly pour his love into your hearts.

All: Amen

Celebrant: May the Lord grant that, bearing witness to faith in his Resurrection, you may await with joy the blessed hope to come.

All: Amen.


Celebrant: And may Almighty God bless all of you, who are gathered here, the Father, and the Son, † and the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.


Celebrant: Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

All: Thanks be to God.

Celebrant: Jed, you may now kiss your wife Honey. Let us give the newly married couple a big round of applause.


Commentator: Please all be seated while the couple, the priest and sponsors sign the marriage contract.




 missalette JED&HONEY


Order of Pictorial





The Priest

Groom’s Parents

Both Parents

Bride’s Parents

The Male Principal Sponsors

The Principal Sponsors

The Female Principal Sponsors

The Male Secondary Sponsors

The Secondary Sponsors

The Female Secondary Sponsors

The Best Man and the Maid of Honor

The Flower Girls and the Symbol Bearers

The Bridal Entourage

The Groom’s Immediate Family

The Groom’s Family and Relatives

The Bride’s Immediate Family

The Bride’s Family and Relatives

The Groom’s Friends and Officemates

The Bride’s Friends and Colleagues


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O Birhen Milagrosa! Makapangyarihon na Reyna nin Langit asin kan gabos na linalang, maogma kaming minapadagos sa Saimo sa pagbisita Mo sa harong kan saimong mga sorogoon.

Akoon mo, O mamorawayon na Ina, na saimong pagsadiri bako sana an samong harong kundi an samuyang bilog na pagkabuhay. Mabinion na Birhen, maging ika sana an Kagsadiri asin Ina kan harong na ini asin kan gabos na nag-eestar digdi, na nangangako na magpoon ngonian  maging saimong maimbod na sorogoon asin debotong mga aki.

Itao mo samuya an saimong banal na bendisyon asin kairiba kaini, an mga kayamanan nin karahayan, salud asin pagkaherak na minabulos sa saimong malinig na  mga kamot, na ipinapahiling kaidtong ma sirang nin liwanag.

Ina nin Dios asin asin Ina niyamo, bendisyunan mo an gabos na uya digdi, siring man idtong sa Kabotan nin Dios pinaharayo na samo kan kagadanan.

Nangangako kami na madulot saimo nin malipotok na pagkamoot, miyentras uya ka digdi sa samuya. Amen.

(Tolong “Tara Kagurangnan Maria” asin isunod an “O Maria,  ipinangidam na dain  kasalan, ipamibi mo kaming minadolok Saimo.”)

Pagdolot sa Birhen Milagrosa (tiripon an gabos na miyembro kan pamilya)

Tara Kagurangnan Maria, Birhen Milagrosa, Paglaom asin Sangkoban kan mga parakasala, Salud kan mga naghehelang, Tabang sa samong mga pangangaipo, Pararanga kan mga namomondo, Suporta kan mga maluluya, asin Parasorog kan gabos na tawo.

An hamot kan saimong pagkaherak nagbolos sa bilog na kinaban asin hale sa gabos na lugar sarong boses an nadadangog na minapahayag kan mga pagkaherak kan saimong banal na kamot.

Hilingon mo kami kan mga mat a mong maheherakon  asin  hagadon mo sa  saimong Mahal na Aki na kami maging maimbod asin tama sa paggibo kan samuyang mga katongdan sa Mahal na Dios, sa samong kapwa, asin sa samuyang sadiri.

Mahamison na Ina, ikiling Mo an mga mata mong mamomoton sa saimong mga aki, iunat mo sa samo an saimong mga kamot asin haleon mo sa samuyang mga puso ang gabos na karatan na nagiging dahelan na kami dai nagkakanigo sa saimong pagkamoot. Sangkoban mo kami kan pakpak kan saimong karahayan asin an samuyang pagtios gibohon mong kayamanan sa mga gibong mararahay.

O Maria, ipinangidam na daing kasalan, ipamibi mo kami na minadulok Saimo.


 O Inang Milagrosa asin Malinigon na Ina nin Dios! Antes na bayaan Mo an samuyang tios na estaran, minamawot niamo na ipahayag an kulog asin kapungawan na namamatean kan samuyang kalag sa paghiling kan saimong paghale sa tahaw nyamo..

Salamat, O Ina, sa pag-iba mo sa samuya na saimong debotong mga aki.

Salamat sa mga biyaya, na minsan dae kami magkakanigo, itinao mo sa samo.

Hare paglengawe na sa harong na ini igwa nin mga puso na namomoot sa saimo asin hinahalat an aldaw kan pagbisita mo giraray.

Maheherakon na Ina, patawaron mo kami  kun dai kami nanoltol magtao nin magkanigong pag-omao sa saimo asin kun dae kami nagpabaya sa saimong pagbisita dahelan sa samong kaluyahan asin kamangmangan.

Namomotan na Ina, dai mo kami paglingawan ngonian asin sa katapusan. Minalaom kami sa saimong karahayan na siring man na samuyang binuksan an samong pintuan sa pag-ako saimo sa samong harong, ika man, sarong aldao magbukas para samuya kan pintuan nin Kalangitan. Amen.”

 “Maria,  ipinangidam na daing kasalan, ipamibi mo kaming minadolok Saimo.”


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Prayer for friends


Before having a wonderful sleep last night, I had the chance of listening over MOR 93.9  songs that have been part of my college years. One particular song that help me reminisce happy thoughts of my very good friends Richel, Ronnie, Riza, Mona and Donna is One Friend.

There is poignancy  whenever I think of these great friends. We have had such wonderful memories and foolishness together back in college and it’s been eight years that we haven’t personally seen each other. (Thanks to Facebook and sms, we stay connected.)

One special thing about us, I recall, is that we pray for each other… and on very touching ocassions, we pray together.

This special post is for them and for the wonderful people who have shared me their friendship.

“Dearest Father up above, this prayer is for all the friends I love, some are near, some are far. But Lord no matter where they are, watch and keep them safe through each day and night. I pray that you bless them most abundantly for they are very special to me. Amen.”

Thanks to my friend Macel for forwarding me as sms the short prayer above.

A Psalm for Busy People


The Lord is my Pacesetter
I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest
For quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness
Which restore my serenity,
He leads me in ways of efficiency
Through calmness of mind
And His guidance is peace.

Even though I have great many
Things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret.
For His presence is here;
His timeliness, His all importance
Will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal
For me in the midst of my activity,
By anointing my mind with
His oils of tranquility,
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness
Shall be the fruits of my hours.
For I shall walk in the pace of my
Lord forever.


Thanks to my long time friend and former colleague, Ms. Rosalie Hunat for handing me a copy of the psalm.

Supposedly this blog should have been published on May 1 as the world pays tribute to our noble laborers and workers, but I was unable to retrieve the copy Rosalie has given me four years ago in time with the occasion.

Crumpled and torn, I encoded the texts on a half sheet of intermediate paper written by Ging [her closest friends preferred to call her by that nick] as I remember how my very good friend Lany transcribe with utmost prudence every utterance a medical expert says on his/her patient. Lany was luckier enough as a home-based medical transcriptionist because she has the privilege of enjoying her job in a less stressful environment compared to other MTs [including call center agents] who are always under the watchful eye of an arrogant supervisor [this is just an exaggeration].

In the midst of busiest tasks [I love this phrase in Bikol: Sa tahaw nin kasiributan], people who love office work, just like another close friends Bito and Cyril including my favorite Mama Badang, maintain their sanity and poise. Though monotonous and a bit boring [this is a personal opinion], office works, especially those at the frontline services facilitate trouble-free business transactions. Thanks to our very able office pips who made themselves readily available in the name of public service.

I envy the special privileges people in the corporate world gain in line with their assigned field. Kuya Ram’s trip to South Asia and Gail’s nomadic adventure [visit her blog at  The Pinay Solobackpacker or like her page at Facebook.. gosh, she has 6K ‘likers’ so far] are a rewarding fusion of business and pleasure. But, undoubtedly, theirs aren’t just an easy job.

My father’s profession as a public transport [jeepney] driver has inspired me a lot! The harshest kinds of seasons and weather conditions serve no barrier for him and the thousands of jeepney, bus, tricycle, pedicab, habal-habal drivers, and the entire people in the transport sector to keep their family’s bodies and souls together.  Their very meager income plus the constant intimidation of oil price trends, etc. are just enough for them to be halfhearted. Fortunately, they are among the toughest laborers who have toiled in this planet.

With great esteem, I would not fail to mention in this blog the noble teachers who altruistically share themselves in order that others are able to discover their own potentials and bring out the best in them. I have met teachers who are very dedicated and go beyond what are prescribed in their form 122D. Specially, I am paying honor to our thousands of volunteer teachers like my cousin Julie and my friend Altreb who unreluctantly offered their best for the good of our school children. Mabuhay kayo!

Finally, let not this post forget the hardworking overseas Filipino workers. Tagged as the ‘modern heroes’ of this generation, unquestionably they are contributory in boosting the Philippine economy. But more importantly apart from their economic significance, I have high regards for them because they   painstakingly manifest the proficiency, ingenuity and dedication of our people as valiant workers! Thank you for showing the world how extra hardworking are the Filipino people. Particularly I admire Manoy Jay and Manoy Elden for doing well in the field of journalism in the Middle East… and for highlighting once in their paper the wanders of Magallanes. It is inspiring how Manay Irma guides her ward to grow as fine gentlemen. I am also deeply touched of the perseverance and selfless commitment of my Ate Doray in making her family secured and providing all of her best for them. You have our appreciation!

To the hardworking people whom I have mentioned in this blog and the many others I have failed to tag, this psalm is for you! Please take good care of yourselves. Happy working…

New post for My Inbox [September]

Thanks to the following for keeping my cellphone packed with wonderful SMS quotes this September!

Rhan, Ireed, Ailene, Mam Gina, Mam Janelle, Mam Annaliza, Sheen, Emma, Suzette, Mam Julie, Tita Jonaly, Lourdes


“Learn to appreciate what you have…

Before time forces you

To appreciate what you’ve lost.”

Lourdes [September 14, 2010; 19:53]


“When you have a place to go at the end of the day – that is home;

When you have people to love – that is family;

When you have someone whom you can be yourself and accepts and cares for you in whatever circumstance – that is a friend.

When you have all these – that is blessing.”

Mam Tintin [September 5, 2010; 06:10]


“It’s always up to you how you’re going to run your life. Run it for good, or ruin it that bad…

Yes, people will care and try to shift you back to the right track.

But at the end of the day, it is still your choice that matters.

Choose what you love then love your choice!”

Sheena [September 4, 2010; 13:16]


“Whenever God puts you to test, just remember:

People who fall the hardest, bounces back the highest…

Always keep your perfect FAITH intact.”

Ailene [September 2, 2010; 21:23]


“Every good friend is an image of God. It is one of life’s best blessings.

A priceless gift that can never be bought sold, or forgotten.”

Zea May [September 6, 2010; 22:05]


“Having few friends is better than having a large network of pretentious friends…

… quality beats quantity all the time!”

Ireed [September 2, 2010; 19:41]


“Life would not be real without the lessons we learn, without the experiences we encounter and without the special people called Friends to share.”

Suzette [September 5, 2010; 12:13]


“When you have achieved level of comfort to expose yourself to another without fear of judgment,

Then you have achieved true friendship.”

Rhan [September 2, 2010; 16:36]


“When it comes to being happy, there is no right or wrong thing….

It’s just a battle between your happiness and their judgment.”

Emma [September 7, 2010; 09:17]


“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise, you’ll never understand what it’s saying. – Sarah Dessen (Just Listen)

Mam Julie [September 2, 2010; 16:04]


“One great form of wealth is KINDNESS!

It does not diminish no matter how much you give.

Rather, it increases the more it is shared.”

Mam Gina [September 5, 2010; 08:08]


The purpose of your time on earth is not primarily about acquiring possessions, attaining status, achieving success, or even experiencing happiness… Those are just secondary issues….

Life is all about love – with God and with other people.

You may succeed in many areas of endeavor

But if you fail to learn how to love God and love others,

You’ll have missed the reason why God has created you.”

Tita Jonalyn [September 5, 2010; 22:35]


“One of the happiest things on earth is when you know that you’re in love with someone,

who is more in love with you…”

Emma [September 7, 2010; 09:29]


“Prayer is the best therapy for trials andpains….

Faith is the best medicine for hopelessness and destructions.

Put them together, God’s love will be yours forever.”

Mam Janelle [September 5, 2010; 06:37]


“One good reason why we should pray:

It’s because God can do more in five seconds than what we can do for ourselves in five years….”

Mam Annaliza [September 5, 2010;06:14]