Last weekend we went to the City Sports Center after almost a month of wolfing down tons of food from the holiday parties. We wanted to start our early morning walks again. How time flies! When we got there, we saw that the Sinulog stage is already up and a whole contingent was hard at work rehearsing at 530am! It is Sinulog Month and in a few weeks time, the Grand Parade.
Ofcourse, the oldies would always caution and remind everyone to focus on the solemnity and the real reason for the season – Sto. Nino. This sounds like Christmas to me but I, erring on the side of sounding self-righteous, have always been one to celebrate this festival for the right reason.
For almost 12 years now, I have always completed the 9 day novena. Okay there may have been years I didnt, but for those years, I made sure to join the foot procession.
So anyway, when we got home from the sports centre I went online to check out news and updates around the festivities. I ran into an article that posted the English version of the Prayer to Sto. Nino. Reposting here with some images of my beloved baby Sto Nino taken from exhibits around the city.
Prayer to the Sto. Nino:
O Senor Santo Niño, you are our king and our God, we worship you. You are our strong defender, we turn to you. You are the patron of Cebu, the Philippines 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 Señor Santo Niño, 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, Señor Santo Niño, 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 Niño, 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.