The Xavier School Nuvali community celebrated the feast of the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola with a small prayer service with the Kinder and Grade 1 students, and anticipated mass with the Grades 2-8 students last July 30, 2013.
Taking place early in the morning, the Kinder and Grade 1 students gathered at the faculty center for a short prayer service with Fr. Arturo Borja, S.J., School Chaplain. The students offered their prayers at the newly built Oratory of St. Francis Xavier. Xaverians gathered and settled themselves for the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Children’s Mass led by mass presiders Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., School President; Fr. Xavier Olin, S.J., our Campus Minister; and Fr. Art Borja, S.J.
The procession of banners along with the image and actual relic of St Ignatius commenced the event. As this transpired, a brief reflection took place: we recalled his life of belonging to Christ and allowing Him to manifest as he constantly served others; inviting everyone to participate, as his presence was in our very vicinity.
His marvelous journey with Christ was then further expounded on and explained to the students during the homily, using the intricate stained-glass windows arranged all around the oratory to better depict the significant events throughout his life. After this was briefly narrated, Fr. Ari proceeded to give everybody some advice and points to remember in order to imitate this St. Ignatius’s life, following in his footsteps as he is, after all, a great model of obedience to Christ and one among the roots of our school’s very existence.
Towards the end, the community sent out their prayers to God, together with St. Ignatius, and asked once again for their blessing. As we requested for St. Ignatius’s guidance, a number of students assembled to offer the paper swords they had created, meant to represent us and our intentions to be just like St. Ignatius when he offered his sword to Mary to become a soldier of Christ.
To conclude the event, the crowd sang the final song with enthusiastic voices, accompanied by applause as the mass came to an end. With a satisfying and refreshing amount of knowledge on this saint, enlightened, we resumed our respective daily schedules.