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FUNERAL MASS FOR REV. FR. ISMAEL G. ZULOAGA, S.J. Xavier School 11 October 2012

INTRODUCTORY RITES

LUCEAT LUX LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD VIDEO

After the assembly has settled down at the Fr. Rafael Cortina, S.J. Sports Center and a few minutes before the Mass, the signal will be given for the video to be played. While the video is being played, the coffin will already be transported from the MPC in procession—led by the portrait of Fr. Zulo and carried by AAXS presidents (Rudy Ang, Dobbin Tan, Jing Velasco, Jeffrey Siy, Manny Acero, and Samson Lim) and the HS SC President. The group is followed by the members of the Board of Trustees, Top Level Administrators, and XSPA Excom members and the concelebrating priests.

When the video ends and the entourage is ready, the commentator speaks.

Commentator: Good morning. As one Xavier School Community, we gather today for the Funeral Mass for our beloved Rev. Fr. Ismael G. Zuloaga, S.J.

Fr. Zuloaga entered the Society of Jesus on September 14, 1943, and was ordained a priest on March 18, 1957. He is the longest serving Director of Xavier School, from 1965 to 1985. But for another twenty years after Xavier, he served as the Delegate for the China Province and was involved in various works of the Jesuits in the Asia Pacific Region as the head of the China Office and then as President of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania. Upon his return to Xavier School, he was appointed the Head of the Development and Alumni Relations Office in 2004, and elected the Chairman of the Board of Trustees in

2005.

His remains will now be carried in procession by the High School Student Council President, Daniel Henry Ng, and the past Presidents of the Alumni Association of Xavier School: Manny Acero, Rudy Ang, Samson Lim, Jeffrey Siy, Dobbin Tan, and Jing Velasco. Accompanying them are members of Xavier School’s Board of Trustees, the officers of Xavier School Parents’ Auxiliary, and our school administrators from Xavier School San Juan, ERDA Technical and Vocational High School, and Xavier School Nuvali.

Let us all rise to honor our beloved Fr. Ismael Zuloaga.

While the coffin is brought in only after the instrumental version of “Luceat Lux Strings” begins playing. The Easter Candle is placed beforehand near the position the coffin will occupy at the conclusion of the procession.

INTRODUCTION

Commentator: The Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines will preside over our Eucharistic Celebration. The concelebrating will be led by Fr. Johnny Go, S.J., our School Director, Fr. Xavier Olin, S.J., Superior of the Jesuit community, and the designated representative of the Chinese Province, Fr. Beda Liu, S.J.

Please remain standing as we join in the Entrance Song.

ENTRANCE SONG

GREETING

The Entrance Procession is led by the censer bearer, cross bearer, candle bearers, Bro. Kim Min Cheol carrying the Book of Gospels, concelebrants, presider.

The priests go up the stage and make the customary reverence to the altar and kiss it—with the exception of Frs. Magadia, Olin, and Go.

OFFERING OF INCENSE

Fr. Magadia is given three sticks of incense and with Frs. Olin and Go, he bows once before the coffin. They go up the stage, kiss the altar, and Fr. Magadia goes around the altar with the incense, bowing once again in front of the altar. He then gives the sticks to the server who places it in the burner.

The Rite of Reception is held and takes the place of the usual Introductory Rites of the Mass.

Presider:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:

Amen.

Presider:

The grace and peace of God our Father, who raised Jesus from the dead, be

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People:

always with you.

And with your spirit.

SPRINKLING WITH HOLY WATER

The presider approaches the coffin, and then sprinkles it with holy water saying:

Presider:

In the waters of baptism Ismael dies with Christ and rose with him to new life. May he now share with him eternal glory.

PLACING OF THE PALL

The pall is then placed on the coffin by the servers.

Presider:

On the day of his baptism, Ismael put on Christ. In the day of his coming, may he be clothed with glory.

PLACING OF CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS

While the Book of the Gospels in placed on the coffin, the presider says:

Presider:

In life, Ismael cherished the Gospel of Christ. May Christ now greet him with these words of eternal life: Come, blessed of my Father!

While the crucifix is placed on the coffin, the presider says:

Presider:

In baptism, Ismael received the sign of the cross. May he now share in Christ’s victory over sin and death.

The presider returns to the altar for the Collect.

COLLECT

Presider:

Let us pray.

Brief silence.

Grant, we pray, O Lord, that the soul of Ismael, your servant and Priest, whom you honored with sacred office while he lived in this world,

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may exult for ever in the glorious home of heaven.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

People:

Amen.

Commentator: Please be seated for the Liturgy of the Word.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

FIRST READING

Reader:

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

Romans 14: 7-9, 10b-12

None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that we might he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written:

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.”

So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

The word of the Lord.

People:

Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM (sung)

Commentator:

Let us all stand to honor the Gospel.

ALLELUIA (sung)

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GOSPEL

Matthew 5:13-16

Deacon:

The Lord be with you.

People:

And with your spirit.

Deacon:

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew.

People:

Glory to you, O Lord.

The deacon incenses the Gospel Book using three sticks of incense, and bowing three times towards it. Afterwards, he gives the sticks to the server to be placed in the burner.

Deacon:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

The gospel of the Lord.

People:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Commentator: Please be seated for the Homily.

HOMILY

(Fr. Johnny C. Go SJ)

Commentator (after a proper pause): Please stand for the Prayer of the Faithful.

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PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

Presider:

Brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father, where he intercedes for his Church. Confident that God hears the voices of those who trust in the Lord Jesus, we join our prayers to his. In every petition, let us pray:

LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

GS Student: In baptism, Fr. Zuloaga received the light of Christ. May his life and example inspire the members of the Xavier School Community to continue nursing the light of others, especially the students. Lord, hear us:

HS Student: Fr. Zuloaga shared in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, leading and serving God's people with humility. May the students and alumni of the School persevere to be “men fully alive endowed with a passion for justice and skills for development.” Lord, hear us:

Parent:

In his priestly ministry, Fr. Zuloaga served as spiritual father to many. May Xavier parents take inspiration from him as they live out their vocation as parents. Lord, hear us:

Alumnus:

We are assembled here in faith and confidence to pray for our brother Ismael. Strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of your Son's coming. Lord, hear us:

Presider:

Lord God, giver of peace and healer of souls, hear the prayers of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and the voices of your people, whose lives were purchased by the blood of the Lamb. Forgive the sins of all who sleep in Christ and grant them a place in the kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

People:

Amen.

Commentator: Please be seated and let us sing the song for the Presentation of Gifts.

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS

The bread and wine will be brought by Fred Tiu and GS Student Council President.

The presider incenses the altar and gifts using three sticks of incense, by going around the altar. He then gives the sticks to the deacon who incenses him with one bow. He also incenses the concelebrants in the same manne r. Afterwards, the commentator asks the assembly to stand, and the deacon incenses the people with one bow. The sticks are then given to the server to be placed in the burner.

Presider:

Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be accpetable to God, the almighty Father.

People:

May the lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Presider:

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that through these holy mysteries Ismael, your servant and Priest, may behold with clarity for ever what he faithfully ministered here. Through Christ our Lord.

People:

Amen.

PREFACE FOR THE DEAD II: Christ died so that we might live

Presider:

The Lord be with you.

People:

And with your spirit.

Presider:

Lift up your hearts.

People:

We lift them up to the Lord.

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Presider:

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:

It is right and just.

Presider:

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.

For as one alone he accepted death, so that we might all escape from dying; as one man he chose to die, so that in your sight we all might live for ever.

And so, in company with the choirs of Angels, we praise you, and with joy we proclaim:

HOLY (sung)

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER II

Presider:

You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness.

Presider and concelebrants:

Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and + Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

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In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

Presider:

The mystery of faith.

ANAMNESIS (sung)

Presider with concelebrants:

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of Life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.

Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Concelebrant 1:

Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Benedict our Pope and Luis Antonio our Archbishop and all the clergy.

Concelebrant 2:

Remember your servant Ismael, whom you have called from this world to yourself. Grant that he who was united with your Son in a death like his, may also be one with him in his Resurrection.

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Concelebrant 3:

Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope

of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy; welcome them

into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with the blessed Apostles, Saints Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, and all the Saints who have please you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Presider and concelebrants:

THROUGH HIM, AND WITH HIM, AND IN HIM,

O GOD, ALMIGHTY FATHER,

IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,

ALL GLORY AND HONOR IS YOURS, FOR EVER AND EVER.

GREAT AMEN (sung)

THE COMMUNION RITE

Presider:

At the Savior's command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

OUR FATHER (sung in Chinese)

Presider:

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

People:

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever.

Presider:

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live for ever and ever.

People:

Amen.

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Presider:

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People:

And with your Spirit.

Presider:

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

LAMB OF GOD (sung)

Presider:

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

People:

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

COMMUNION SONGS

After the assembly has received communion, the commentator says:

Commentator: Let us all stand.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Presider:

Let us pray.

Having received the sacrament of salvation, we implore your kindness, O God, for Ismael, your servant and Priest, that, as you made him a steward of your mysteries on earth, so you may bring him to be nourished by their truth and reality as unveiled in heaven. Through Christ our Lord.

People:

Amen.

WORDS OF TRIBUTE

Commentator: Please be seated. At this point, we shall have the Words of Tribute in remembrance of Fr. Zuloaga.

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To represent the students, may we call on Mr. Francis Joseph Tan of High

3C.

To read the message of Mrs. Jenny Go, former Principal of Xavier School, may we call on Mrs. Luisa Relatado, former High School English Department Chair.

To represent the alumni, may we call on Mr. Johnip Cua, alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees.

ANCESTRAL RITES

Afterwards, the Commentator introduces the Ancestral Rites, as the School Director, and Xavier Community representatives take their place in front of the coffin/ancestral altar.

Commentator: Please be seated. As one Xavier School community, we shall now honor Fr. Zuloaga with the Catholic Chinese ancestral rites. We now call on the representatives of our community to take their places before the ancestral altar:

our school Director, Fr. Johnny Go SJ, the members of the board of trustees, the officials of the Alumni Association and Parents’ Auxiliary, and our school administrators.

Please all rise in reverent silence.

Commentator: Our School Director, Fr. Go, will now offer incense on our behalf to symbolize our prayers and good wishes for Fr. Zuloaga.

The assistant lights two sticks of incense and hands it to Fr. Go, who will bow only ONCE with the incense. Fr. Go then gives the incense back to the assistant, who puts it in the incense burner.

Commentator: Mrs. Jane Natividad, school administrator, will now offer flowers on our behalf, symbol of our love and affection for Fr. Zuloaga.

The assistant takes the flowers from the side table, hands them to Jane Natividad, a designated school administrator, who makes one bow while holding the flowers. These are then put on the altar by the assistant. The same movement is followed for the wine and the fruits.

Commentator: Alumnus and board member, Mr. Miguel Tan, will now offer wine on our behalf to symbolize our passion for and commitment to the Xavier School mission so deeply loved by Fr. Zuloaga.

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The assistant takes the flowers from the side table, hands them to Mike Tan, a member of the Board of Trustees, who makes one bow while holding the flowers. These are then put on the altar by the assistant.

Commentator: George Lee, Chairman of the Xavier School Parents’ Auxiliary will now offer fruits on behalf of the community as a symbol of our pledge to embody and live out the Xavier values that Fr. Zuloaga envisioned for us.

The assistant takes the flowers from the side table, hands them to George Lee, Chairman of the XSPA, who makes one bow while holding the flowers. These are then put on the altar by the assistant.

Prayers and Ritual Bows

Commentator: God wills that we remember our ancestors and honor the memory of Fr. Zuloaga. Let us now ask our heavenly Father to welcome him to his eternal abode.

Let us pray Our Father in heaven….

Commentator: Let us also beg for the intercession of our Holy Mother Mary, that she may pray for Fr. Zuloaga’s eternal peace.

Hail Mary full of grace…

Commentator: Finally let us pray the Glory Be for Fr. Zuloaga, that he may join the saints in the heavenly kingdom, and together sing the praises of the Holy Trinity.

Glory be to the Father…

Commentator: At this point, the entire Xavier School Community shall now express its love and gratitude to Fr. Zuloaga by offering three deep profound bows according to our Chinese tradition.

At each sound of the gong, please make one deep and reverential bow.

The commentator sounds the gong three times, with a brief pause in-between each, to signal the entire assembly to bow (let the echo fade first). After the third bow, all return to their places.

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Commentator: Please be seated for a moment.

The Provincial will give some word of thanks. Afterwards the assembly will be asked to stand.

Commentator: Before we proceed to the concluding portion of our liturgy, we would like to inform everyone that the burial will be at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches. Those who are riding the bus are requested to make their exit at Gates 2 and 4 where the buses are stationed. Those who would like to convoy are welcome to do so.

We shall now have the final commendation and farewell.

FINAL COMMENDATION

The presider goes to a place near the coffin, faces the people, and begins the final commendation.

Invitation to Prayer

Presider:

Before we go our separate ways, let us take leave of our brother, Ismael. May our farewell express our affection for him; may it ease our sadness and strengthen our hope. One day we shall joyfully greet him again when the love of Christ, which conquers all things, destroys even death itself.

Silence

All pray in silence.

The presider then sprinkles the coffin with holy water and incenses it.

SONG OF FAREWELL

Presider:

Saints of God, come to his aid! Hasten to meet him, angels of the Lord.

People:

Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

Presider:

May Christ, who called you, take you to himself; may angels lead you to the bosom of Abraham.

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People:

Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

Presider:

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

People:

Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.

Prayer of Commendation

Presider:

To you, O Lord, we commend the soul of Ismael your servant; in the sight of this world he is now dead; in your sight may he live for ever. Forgive whatever sins he committed through human weakness and in your goodness grant him everlasting peace.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

People:

Amen.

Presider:

In peace let us take our brother to his place of rest.

Song:

LUCEAT LUX.

As the School Song is being sung, the crucifix, Book of the Gospels, and the pall are removed. The recessional procession begins moving when the second song begins, in this order: cross bearer, candle bearers, other servers, concelebrants, presider, representatives of the Xavier Community (entourage), the portrait of Fr. Zuloaga and finally, the pallbearers carrying the coffin.

Upon reaching the entrance to the Gate 4 ramp, the concelebrants and representatives of the Xavier Community will form 2 lines until the center of the Sports Center, and the coffin will pass through them.

When the coffin has moved some distance from the stage, the commentator says:

Commentator: Let us all give Fr. Zuloaga a warm round of applause.

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