“Dominus Est! It is the Lord!,” says Archbishop Luis Chito Tagle in his homily yesterday that marked his installation as the 32nd Archbishop of Manila at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.
The new Manila Archbishop was overwhelmed with such emotion that he paused twice while reading his homily. The first instance that Tagle cried was when he expressed his appreciation to his parents, who were all there to witness the Rite of Liturgical Reception Eucharistic Celebration and Canonical Possession.
Tagle’s brother Manuel Jr. who was also there to support him said, “We are very proud of him but there are a lot of challenges so we need a lot of prayers. We need a lot of strength for him because he would be facing many problems.”
The second time the new Archbishop cried was when he talked about the maternal love of Mother Mary.
Tagle said that his new post will not change him and who he is. “I tell myself as though it were the Lord telling me, ‘Chito, do not think you have become great because of your new position. Be great rather in being a beloved and loving disciple of the Lord’,” he added.
The liturgical and canonical rites, which lasted more than two hours, were witnessed by 2,000 faithful, including some government officials and other dignitaries. It was the first time in the history that the President of the Philippines didn’t come to witness the ceremony. However, Pnoy’s sisters Maria Elena “Ballsy” Aquino-Cruz, Aurora Corazon “Pinky” Aquino-Abellada, and Victoria Elisa “Viel” Aquino-Dee – were present to celebrate the rites.