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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Birthday Suspicions

I went for morning Mass today, being my birthday and all, to give thanks to the Almighty for my continued existence and for all the abundant blessings received. I had almost wanted to sleep in late and celebrate Mass on my own later as I have no classes in the morning. Anyway, it is a practice for the community here to mention those who have birthdays or anniversaries of their sacerdotal ordinations at the intercessions during Lauds (morning prayer) that is incorporated with the Mass.

Well, my name was mentioned as 'Ong, Aloysius', having a birthday today, in the usual manner. However, it was only during breakfast later when another fellow priest came to wish me Happy Birthday that some more other priests realised and came over to greet me too. One even asked if an intercession was made during Mass because he did not hear it.

So, this confirmed my following suspicions:
a. Most of us (sometimes, myself included) tend to sleep through the Mass, especially the morning ones.
b. Many of us (again, myself) have not known many of our fellow priests despite living under the same roof for some time (with about 200 of us, it really is quite a challenge to know all well enough).
c. The intercession made can be too garbled to be understood (it happens sometimes as the acoustics in the chapel is horrible).
d. The Italian language is still very foreign for many of us (it would be, if you are forced to undergo it under duress of sorts).

God bless you all and have a nice day ahead! :-D

(pic from humancalendar dot com)


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Father! May God bless you and strengthen you in your studies! ;0)

Anonymous said...

Happy happy birthday to youuuu! Has my b'day card reach you yet?

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Fr. Aloy!!:-) Ross Chew here.. fm the old days when you were a seminarian at Holy Cross. Have a wonderful day :-)

Unknown said...

to all above: thanks a lot! :-)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Fr Along,
Said a little prayer for you on your special day. House in SC coming along (*G*) nicely, should be done in less than a month. Take care...

God's special blessings...


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Fr. Hope you've had a great day. God's blessings for the year ahead - Jane

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to u
from Mum ,Dad and everyone at home.

we miss u and love u.

Have a blessed and wonderful day .

From :All at home

alvin mark said...

Padre, buon compleanno!! :O)

Anonymous said...

Hi Aloy, at the end of such an auspicious day, it good that we thank the Lord once more;& also for your parents who give u life. Thanks for consented to come with me and Isaac to 'Hua-Da Restuarant'. It's my great pleasure to celebrate with u. U r such a special person. Buonna Notte.
A Domani.

Unknown said...

thanks for a very special day enjoyed through this day's entry to all who dropped by here to say a few words! greatly appreciated! :-D

Terence said...

Happy Birthday Fr, May the Good Lord continue to bless you in all you do, so that you too will be a blessing to all you meet.

Anonymous said...

Hay belated b'day greetings to you.
May the good Lord bless you always!
Best Wishes from Raymond,Joanne n Geraldine.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Father meant to say Happy not Hay.

Natasha Yong said...

Hapi Burfdae Fr.A,
Keep up the good work over there and may the force (of our Lord) be always with you ;)

Unknown said...

Happy belated birthday Father..all my prayer for you today.. :-)


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