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ASSUMPTION VIGIL: No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home
by: Rina Santos

 

The Assumption Vigil is made up of different events wherein everyone from the students to the teachers and staff play a significant role. The Vigil is a full day event filled with activities to celebrate the feast of the Assumption. It is during this time that people from all walks of life come together and undergo a transformation.  The celebration begins with a special mass complete with the songs that all Assumptionists know by heart – The Credo, The Prayer of MME, and Assumpta Est. The mass is followed by Stations of the Cross which takes place all around the school. The participants are one with Jesus and Mary as they go on a transformative journey.

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Station 1: Coming Home

The Assumption campus is no different from others. It has classrooms filled with desks, a cafeteria with a wide array of food, and a gym for different sports events, however, for many women (and a few select men), Assumption is a place they can always call home. The school gates are always open to those who are looking for a family to come home to, shoulder to cry on, and a community they can turn to for support. The Vigil is an annual event wherein the divisions between departments disappear, and unity and camaraderie take the stage. It’s always a joy to see Assumption alumnae, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the Assumption dine, celebrate, and pray together.

 

Station 2: Uniquely AC

Any vigil is more fun in Assumption and it’s not just because of the Assumption Tarts and siomai. Preparing for the Vigil begins with novena masses every afternoon where everyone is invited. It is a time for everyone to stop what they are doing and rest in the presence of God. This is also the time wherein people are running around, preparing the logistics. Candles are put in place to light the way, the gym and the Assumpta Court is decorated for prayer, and the whole school is one during the Vigil. It is only in Assumption where everybody prays to prepare for prayer.

 

Station 3: Passing the Torch

August is a time when the Assumption legacy is passed on to future generations through prayer. The Alumnae and upperclassmen impart the values and practices to the new members of the community to preserve the essence and true meaning of the celebration while those that have completed their experience here go out and share it beyond our walls.

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Station 4: A Cause for Celebration

The Vigil is more than a time for silent prayer and meditation but it’s also a chance to enjoy and experience solidarity as a community. It teaches us that there is more to prayer than just sitting silently in the chapel. The whole event is a prayer of thanksgiving to God and the Virgin Mary.

 

Station 5: The Challenge

It would not be very Assumption to have an event or experience without a challenge in the end that aims to make us better people. The celebration officially ends at midnight but the challenge is to sustain the solidarity and solemnity that the Vigil has brought us.

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Assumption Together Congress: Extending the Reign of God

Five hundred sixty lay and religious delegates from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Manila for the Assumption Together Congress last January 29 to 31. Participants shared their experiences and reflected on the congress theme, “Extending the Reign of God” through a series of activities on five sub-topics: (1) Justice-Peace-Care for Creation-Solidarity; (2)  Preferential Love for the Poor; (3) Commitment to the Youth; (4) Love for the Church; and (5) The Kingdom in Us.

Congress Day One marked the soft opening of a travelling exhibit on the five sub-topics and settling in of the provincial and foreign delegates with their host families.

  The delegates spent Congress Day Two in Assumption San Lorenzo for plenary and concurrent sessions. Provincial Lay Representative Baby Herrera welcomed the delegates while Provincial Superior Sr. Ma. Josefina Matias introduced the Guest of Honor and Speaker, Superior General Sr. Diana Wauters. Day Two concluded with a Commissioning Ceremony and a show by the Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption (METTA).

   The entire community was up before sunrise on Congress Day Three for the “Run Assumption Run” marathon at the SM Mall of Asia grounds followed by Mass at the Shrine of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life, presided by Fr. Armand Robleza. Before lunch, the provincial delegates boarded buses to visit three areas discussed in the concurrent sessions: (1) Assumpta Technical High School in San Simon, Pampanga, (2) the Gawad Kalinga (Pusong Assumptionista) site in Imus, Cavite and (3) Assumption Antipolo.

 

 

Living Assumption Together

   The Religious of the Assumption General Chapter of 2000 in Paris adopted the term “Assumption Together” to describe the lay-religious partnership. It signifies the unity among Assumption sisters and their lay friends. It signals the call to lay-religious partnership in various ministries and projects.

   The partnership is designed to harness the gift of our complementarity. Sisters and lay friends from different vocations, with various talents, skills, and capabilities, and coming from different cultures and faiths, come together to share a common goal: that of forming ourselves and others, so that we may transform society according to the charism given to us by St. Marie Eugenie of Jesus.

   Being Assumption Together means working as a community towards a common vision where Justice, Peace and Care for Creation become an integral part of our lives. Solidarity and sharing come our way of life and where the young find reasons to live and make commitments. Being Assumption Together, the laity and sisters give witness to communion in diversity.