History of the Sancti Nenio

History of the Sancti Nenio

 

 

 

The world is not flat! This discovery of the Spain’s expedition commanded by the Portuguese navigator Hernando de Magallanes or Ferdinand Magellan, that set the record as the first expedition to circumnavigate the world (and confirm that the world is round) is the same expedition that brought the image of  Sto. Nino and the Catholic faith to the Philippine islands.On September 1519, a fleet of galleons under the flag of Spain set sailed in search for the Spice Islands. Instead they landed in a group of islands in the central part of the Philippines and in Limasawa island where Magellan declared possession of the part of the Maharlika Kingdom of Asia, the Philippine archipelago and named it after King Philip of Spain. Without spices and in search of needed supplies, they continued their journey and found the village of Zubu, now the City of Cebu, planted a mission Cross, befriended and converted into the Catholic faith the local chieftain Raja Humabon and his wife Hara Juana and the members of their tribe. As a gift on their baptism, Magellan gave the image of the Holy Infant Jesus, the Sto. Nino. A Sandugo, a blood compact was made between the two leaders and a promise to fight  together against the neighboring tribe of the island of Matan, now Mactan.  Magellan was killed in the battle of Mactan and the remnants of his forces returned to Spain using a different route, thus making the historic first voyage around the world.

 

Forty four  years later, a new group of Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and an Augustinian priest, Fr. Andres Urdaneta, a cosmographer from the Augustinian monastery in Mexico arrived in Cebu and find out that the new chieftain, Raja Tupaz was unfriendly to the newcomers. Skirmishes between the two groups left the village of Cebu in ruins. When a party was dispatched to check the village, a soldier, his name, Juan Camus found the image of the Child Jesus in one of the burning huts, the same image given to the former village chieftain’s wife, Juana 44 years earlier. The natives went back to their pagan ways and may have kept the image as an anito, or one of the native gods, as it was found with floral offerings.

 

Legazpi was said to have included this event in his report, “Relation of Voyage to the Philippine Islands”, to the king of Spain:

 

“Your Excellency should know that on that day when we entered this village (Cebu City), one of the soldiers went into a large and well-built house of an indio where he found an image of the Child Jesus (whose most holy name I pray may be universally worshipped). This was kept in its cradle, all gilded, just as if it were brought from Spain: and only the little cross, which is generally placed upon the globe in his hands, was lacking. The image was well kept in that house, and many flowers were found before it, and no one knows for what object or purpose. The soldier bowed down before it with all reverence and wonder, and brought the image to the place where the other soldiers were. I pray to the Holy Name of his image, which we found here, to help us and to grant us victory, in order that these lost people who are ignorant of the precious and rich treasure, which was in their possession, may come to knowledge of Him.”

 

egazpi was said to have included this event in his report, “Relation of Voyage to the Philippine Islands”, to the king of Spain: 

 

“Your Excellency should know that on that day when we entered this village (Cebu City), one of the soldiers went into a large and well-built house of an indio where he found an image of the Child Jesus (whose most holy name I pray may be universally worshipped). This was kept in its cradle, all gilded, just as if it were brought from Spain: and only the little cross, which is generally placed upon the globe in his hands, was lacking. The image was well kept in that house, and many flowers were found before it, and no one knows for what object or purpose. The soldier bowed down before it with all reverence and wonder, and brought the image to the place where the other soldiers were. 

 

I pray to the Holy Name of his image, which we found here, to help us and to grant us victory, in order that these lost people who are ignorant of the precious and rich treasure, which was in their possession, may come to knowledge of Him.”

 

I pray to the Holy Name of his image, which we found here, to help us and to grant us victory, in order that these lost people who are ignorant of the precious and rich treasure, which was in their possession, may come to knowledge of Him."

 

Since then, devotion to the Santo Niño has grown and has taken root in Filipinos’ popular piety, particularly in the Visayas, the central part of the Philippines group of islands. Pilgrims from different parts of the country make their yearly journey to the church, the Basilica Menore del Santo Nino or the Minor Basilica of the Santo Nino, in Cebu, to take part in the procession and festival. Different parts of the Philippines called this celebration differently: in Cebu, they call it Sinulog, Ati-Atihan in Kalibo, Aklan and in Tondo, Manila, Dinagyang in Iloilo and Binirayan in the province of Antique, to name a few. But all of them, all of these festivals, are centered on one and only purpose: the devotion to the Holy Infant Jesus, the Sto. Nino and His role in all of the Philippines’ embrace of the Catholic faith.

 

Santo Nino de Cebu Novena & Benediction 

 

 

Our God, we worship you. You are our strong defender, we turn to you. You are the patron of Cebu, the Philip O Senor Santo Nino, you are our king and pines and the world, we come to you; You have made extraordinary wonders through your miraculous image in those chosen islands, remember us. Look down at this poor soul that comes to you for help. Lead us with Your wisdom; discipline us with your truth; console us with your tenderness, protect us with your might.

 

We consecrate today our thoughts of you, only with you shall they be occupied; our words, only of you shall they speak; our sufferings, that we may endure them for your sake. We beg you Senor Santo Nino, illumine our understanding, kindle our will, cleanse our body, sanctify our soul. We wish what you wish, because you wish, as you wish, as long as you wish.

 

Grant us, Senor Santo Nino, that we may feel love toward

 

You, be strict toward ourselves be zealous toward our fellowmen, and rightly despise the things of the world. Help us to overcome sensuality with strict discipline, avariciousness with generosity, anger with gentleness, indolence with zealous industry. Make us wise in counsel, courageous in danger, patient in adversity, humble in prosperity.

 

Teach us, dear Santo Nino, how worthless is the world, how sublime is heaven, how brief is time, how long is eternity. Grant us, lastly, that we may remember you, adore you, love you and serve you here on earth that we may be happy with you forever and ever in heaven. Amen

 

Holy  God, we praise Thy Name.

Lord of all! we bow before Thee;

All on earth Thy scepter claim,

All in heaven above adore Thee;

Infinite Thy vast domain,

Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark! the loud celestial hymn,

Angels' choirs above are raising;

Cherubim and Seraphim

In unceasing chorus praising,

Fill the heavens with sweet accord,

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!

Fill the heav'ns with sweet accord,

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!

SUPPLICATIONS TO SANTO NINO

 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, graciously hear us.

In every need let us come to you with humble trust.

R. Santo Nino, help us.

In our doubts, perplexities and temptations,

R. Santo Nino, help us.

In hours of loneliness, weariness and trials,

R. Santo Nino, help us.

In the failure of our plans and hopes.

R. Santo Nino, help us.

In disappointments, troubles and sorrows,

R. Santo Nino, help us.

When others fail us, and Your Grace alone can assist us.

R. Santo Nino, help us.

When we throw ourselves on your tender love as our only refuge.

R. Santo Nino, help us.

When we are ill and our head and hands cannot work and we are lonely.

R. Santo Nino, help us.

When we feel impatient and our cross irritates us.

R. Santo Nino, help us.

Always, always, in spite of weakness, failings and shortcomings of every kind.

R. Santo Nino, help us.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world:

Spare us. O Jesus.

Lamb of God who take away the sins of te world:

Graciously hear us, O Jesus

Lamb of God who take away the sins of the world:

have mercy upon us, O Jesus.

Jesus, hear us.

Jesus, Graciously hear us.

LET US PRAY

O Santo Nino, who has said, "ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you," Give we beseech you, to us who ask the gift of your divine love, that we may love you with our whole heart, in word and work, and never cease from showing forth your praise.

 

Make us, O Lord, to have a perpetual fear and love of Your Holy Name, for you never fail to govern them whom you do solidly establish in Your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Verse 1

One day to these Islands. as gift and in pledge God sent you to us, o beloved Child And always you have been, the light of our souls The guide of our people, the flame in our hearts.

Chorus:

Senor Santo Nino, with your scepter guide our people, Who hail you king forever, the World is your Kingdom, Senor Santo Nino, in Your hands the world find its rest; Proclaim your truth and justice, bring to us Your peace and love.

 

Verse 2

The ship You were sailing, arrived at our shores To conquer this land, the pearl of the seas; But you had decided, to stay in this soil To conquer our people, and give us a name

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

Verse 3

The queen and the rajah, accepting the faith, Received you in their arms, and fell on their knees They welcomed your presence, and called on your name To ask for your blessings, and help in their needs.

 

(Repeat Chorus) Verse 4

 

More ships in the Orient, with soldiers arrived; And searching for gold, they found you instead; Legaspi, Urdaneta, the Rajah, the Queen; Their subjects our people, proclaimed you their king.

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

Verse 5

Now one as nation, we pay You respect Our people did pledge, a long time ago; We ask You to hear the prayers of all; The sad and forsaken, the poor and the sick.

 

(Santo Nino de Cebu Gozos)

 

 

CONCLUDING PRAYER

 

O miraculous Santo Nino prostrate before your sacred Image,

we beseech you to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let Your tender love, so inclined to pity, be softened at our prayers, and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore you. Take from us all unbearable affliction and despair. For your sacred infancy's sake hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid that we may praise you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

THE DIVINE PRAISES

 

Blessed be God.

Blessed be his Holy Name.

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.

Blessed be the Name of Jesus.

Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.

Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.

Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.

Blessed be her glorious Assumption.

Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.

Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste Spouse.

 

Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints