Welcoming the new year of the rooster at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ipoh.
Address: 19-21 Jalan La Salle, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia; Tel: (60) 5458220
The Church of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help started the Chinese New Year with a Mass on the 1st morning of the year, Saturday 28 January 2017.
The Mass was very cultural as it incorporated honoring the Ancestors, wishing each other as well as the tradition of offering "Ang Pow" and giving of oranges.
The rite of honoring the ancestors is not a contradiction as Pope Pius in his Encyclical on 8th December 1939 stated that “ the Liturgical ceremony of bowing in respect to the photographs or the tablets of our ancestors is both reasonable as well as permissible” as long as they do not have the idea of worshipping them as idols.
It is a way of inculcating the Chinese culture into the local Church.
The baskets of flowers represent LOVE, three cups of wine represent REMEMBRANCE and two trays of fruit represent ADMIRATION all for our ancestors.