Why is Tagum’s fiesta differs in date every year?

Nov. 11-17, 2010

By Cha Monforte

Last year the fiesta of Tagum City was November 22 and this year it is November 21.

In the last four years, the date Tagum’s fiesta was descending in dates – in year 2006 it was Nov. 26, for the coming fiesta it is Nov. 21, and for next year, 2011,  it  will be Nov. 20.

But by year 2012 Tagum’s fiesta would be in later date again, Nov. 25 in the cycle of the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church.

Always however the Tagum fiesta is Sunday.

The Feast of Christ the King is a moveable feast. It is celebrated on the final Sunday of the liturgical year, which is the last Sunday before Advent starts, states a Catholic website, http://www.churchyear.net

Wikipedia says that the Feast of Christ the King falls on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, before a new year begins with the First Sunday of Advent (the earliest date of which is 27 November).

Thus for the man on  Tagum street, so as not to be confused, should remember that the Feast of Christ the King is thus on the Sunday that falls between 20 and 26 November, inclusive. Or one Internet source says that the fiesta day is the Sunday before every Nov. 27 every year, whether Nov. 27 falls or not on Sunday. If Nov. 27 falls on Sunday, then the Sunday before it is the Tagum’s fiesta.

Wikipedia has long notes on the Feast of Christ the King:

“Pope Pius XI universally instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 in his encyclical Quas Primas. Pope Pius connected the denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism. At the time of Quas Primas, secularism was on the rise, and many Christians, even Catholics, were doubting Christ’s authority, as well as the Church’s, and even doubting Christ’s existence. Pius XI, and the rest of the Christian world, witnessed the rise of dictatorships in Europe, and saw Catholics being taken in by these earthly leaders. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was most needed. In fact, it is still needed today, as these problems have not vanished, but instead have worsened.

Pius hoped the institution of the feast would have various effects. They were:

1. That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state (Quas Primas, 32).

2. That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ (Quas Primas, 31).

3. That the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies (Quas Primas, 33).”

“The feast of Christ the King is the last Sunday in the Ordinary Time and the Sunday following it is the first Sunday of Advent in our Liturgical Calendar,”says Diocese of Tagum chancellor Tom Avila in an interview with the Valley & City Chronicle.

The Catholic Church has Liturgical Calendar indicating days of the year to which are assigned the liturgical celebrations of saints and of the mysteries of the Lord.

The Liturgical Calendar, from which every Sunday’s gospel readings is based, has A, B and C in a Sundays’ cycle and for this year the Feast of the Christ the King falls on C cycle and is the last, 34th Sunday in the declared Ordinary Time.

The Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar has 34 Sundays preceeding the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, each of which has varying number of Sundays.

Meanwhile, Fr. Avila also informed that the coming Nov. 21 fiesta will be a double celebration for the 63rd parochial feast of the parish of the Christ the Eucharistic King (the old Cathedral) and of the 8th parochial feast of the new Christ the King Cathedral.

During fiesta day, Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz will lead in concelebrating the 6:00 A.M. mass in the old Cathedral and the 9:00 A.M. mass in the new Christ the King Cathedral. (V&CC research/Cha Monforte)


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