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Phl Embassy leads celebration of Santo Niño Fiesta in Prague
posted 11-May-2013  ·  

As part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Philippine-Czech diplomatic relations, the Philippine Embassy in Prague sponsored  various activities from May 02 to 05 to celebrate the Feast of the Infant Jesus or “Santo Niño Fiesta.”

Philippine Ambassador Evelyn Garcia-Austria invited Filipinos and the members of the diplomatic corps in the Czech Republic to join the celebration of Santo Niño, the Holy Infant Jesus, with a novena, procession, coronation and Holy Mass.

The novena began on May 02 for the consecration of children to the Infant Jesus through May 03 for the intentions of the sick.

On May 04, the Embassy joined the traditional procession of the image of the Santo Niño, starting from St. Thomas Church to Our Lady Victorious in Mala Strana, followed by a Holy Mass celebrated by Father Petr Globar, superior of the Carmelites.

Immediately after the Saturday Mass, a one-day exhibition of 19 Santo Niño vestments, made by famous Filipino fashion designers flown from the Philippines by benevolent Philippine Embassy supporters Mr. Noubikko Ulanday and Dr. Samuel Bernal, was launched at the Church grounds. Authentic Filipino delicacies were served in a simple “salo-salo” for the diplomatic corps and devotees of the Santo Niño.

The Santo Nino celebration culminated with a High Mass on May 05, with the coronation of the Santo Niño celebrated by Monsignor Dennis Kuruppassery, Counselor of the Apostolic Nuncio. A Holy Mass in English was celebrated at noon of the same day, led by Father Tomas Roule, Assistant of Prague Cardinal Dominik Duka.

Embassy officials and personnel and members of the Filipino community took part in the readings, offertory, choir singing, and the distribution of the roses.

Ambassador Austria-Garcia described the devotion to the Santo Niño to be “the strongest symbolical link that binds Philippine-Czech relations.”

“It is auspicious that as we celebrate the 40 years of Philippine-Czech diplomatic relations, we also consecrate to the Infant Jesus of Prague our close friendship with the Czechs,” the Ambassador added.
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