(Acknowledgment: This is a hodgepodge of fellow Guinaronanhon, Froilan Tajarros’ research.}
Message from San Pascual Baylon:
SAN PASCUAL BAYLON
GUINARONA PARISH CHURCH
Guinarona, Dagami, Leyte
| To my Flock, The People of Guinarona, its Parishioners and visitors.
On the 17th day of May, as your Pastor. Come therefore to my house and assemble for the great occasion.
Welcome back to the fold those who where lost and wandered in the wilderness of sin.
Offer your life to GOD; be receiving of the Holy Eucharist which is Jesus’ Body and the Holy Wine His Blood. Through Him the gates of heaven will be opened for you as a fitting reward for following my footstep. I beg God the Father that He grant the whole world peace and prosperity today and the years to come.
Saint Pascual Baylon
Titular : SAN PASCUAL BAYLON
Official Seal, San Pascual Baylon Parish:
Document establishing the Parish of San Pascual Baylon:
Palo, Leyte, Philippines
ERECTION OF THE NEW PARISH OF SAN PASCUAL BAYLON
Guinarona, Dagami, Leyte, Philippines
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Because of the large territory of the Parishes of Dagami and Burauen, and in order that the spiritual needs of the people can be properly attended to, by virtue of this present letter and with the consent of the Diocesan Consultors and of the Pastors of the Parishes of Dagami and Burauen, we divide the territory of the said parishes and erect the new Parish of SAN PASCUAL BAYLON in Guinarona, Dagami, with all the rights and privileges of a Parish.
The limits of the new Parish of SAN PASCUAL BAYLON will include the following barrios;
Guinarona, Cabungaan, Hinulogan, Palacio, Maliwaliw, and Bolirao, which up to now belonged to the Parish of Dagami;
Buri, Taboanon, and Cadahunan, which up to now belonged to the Parish of Burauen.
The inhabitants of the new Parish consists in the present properties of the said Parish, in the voluntary offerings of the Parishioners and in the stole fees according to our Diocesan Arancel.
The Titular of the new Parish is SAN PASCUAL BAYLON.
The new Parish has the privilege to administer all the Sacraments and all others.
Done in the Diocesan Chancery of Palo, in Tacloban City on the 1st of November, 1971.
(Sgd.) Manuel S. Salvador, D.D.
Bishop of Palo
By the Order of the Bishop:
(Sgd.) Francisco Santiago, H.P.
The Life Story of San Pascual Baylon:
The Life of San Pascual Baylon He was born at Torre Hermosa in the kingdom of Aragon, Spain, on 16th March, 1540, Pentecost Sunday. His parents, Martin Baylon and Isabella Jebera were virtuous peasants. According to local custom, they named him after the feast day during which he was born, so he was named “Pascual” (Paschal) in honor of “Pascual de Pentecosta” (the Easter Pentecost). Since he was seven years old, and until he was twenty-four, he led the life of a shepherd and, during that period, he found himself among people with uncouth ways, but exercised a salutary influence upon his companions, standing up in defense of what was decent and just. Later, these same people testified to Pascual’s great holiness of life, and to the moral courage in his youth.
He began very early to show the piety of his soul with an intense love for prayer and a particular devotion towards the Mass and the Holy Eucharist, which later characterized the whole of his religious life. Pascual loved the spirit of poverty which St. Francis tried to instill into his followers and, in 1564 he joined the Reformed Friars Minor of Spain, usually called the Alcatarine Franciscans, founded by St. Peter of Alcantara, and received the religious habit during the same year. His ardent love for Jesus Christ in the Eucharistic mystery was expressed by frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament in all the churches he could reach on foot.
While his religious duties took him away from prayer many times a day, Pascual would come back to the altar, remaining in adoration as long as possible. He led a life of mortifications and penances, and he had compassion for those who were in need. Pascual tried to help them as best he could, saying: “I give the alms for the love of God, and who knows whether Christ Himself might not be found among these needy brethren?”. It was a life filled with stories of people being healed through his prayers, a life characterized by the gifts of wisdom, prophecy and miracles. Although poorly educated, (he taught himself how to read and write), his counsel was sought also by people of high social standing. During a mission to France, he triumphantly defeated the blasphemies of a Calvinist preacher, and in consequence, narrowly escaped death at the hands of a Huguenot mob.
Pascual’s death and his incorrupt body
He died on Pentecost Sunday, 17th May, 1592, in villa Real, Valencia, Spain, and his death was marked by an unusual occurrence: It happened during the Mass, at the precise moment when the Sacred Host was being elevated. Innumerable miracles occurred during his life and after his death, so his tomb became the object of continuous pilgrimages, even by the King and the Nobles of Spain. His cult spread rapidly throughout Spain, Australia and the Kingdom of Naples, and finally throughout the whole of Europe and America.
He was beatified by Paul V on 19th October 1618, and canonized by Alexander VIII on 16th October 1690, and his liturgical commemoration is on 17th of May in 1680. The large number of pilgrims to his tomb led to the construction of a larger chapel in his honor. In 1681, following the devotion from his predecessors, Carlos II King of Spain implemented the Royal Patronage for the Chapel and, in 1691, to celebrate Pascual’s death and canonization, his uncorrupted body was put into a glass urn.
On November 28th, 1897, Pope Leo XIII, in the Apostolic Brief “Providentissimus Deus”, proclaimed St. Pascual Baylon “Patron of Eucharistic Congresses and all Eucharistic Associations”, whether presently existing or which will exist at a future date. At the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, the Royal chapel and the church were destroyed and burnt down, including Saint Pascual’s body.
His Second Tomb
In 1942, three years after the end of the war, the first stone of the “Saint Pascual’s International Eucharistic Votive Church”, was laid in Villa Real. This new church was built beside the ruins of the old monastery, in front of Pascual’s cell. The church, even without being completed, was open to the public in 1971 and consecrated in 1974. In the centre of the new Chapel, a dark granite sarcophagus contains Pascual’s remains. A silver statue inspired by his uncorrupted body, lies upon it. Behind the rear wall, there is the cell where he died. It is also possible to visit the cloister and the refectory, including Pascual’s seat. The Poor Clares take care of the Sepulcher and watch over the Blessed Sacrament, permanently shown to the public on the main altar of the Sanctuary.
San Pascual Baylon and Guinarona: A Brief History
Hymn for San Pascual Baylon
HYMNO NI SAN PASCUAL BAYLON
San Pascual nga am’ mananabang
Maluloy-on nga am’ sinarigan
Pamati-a ayaw gad itubyan
Im’ agakon kami ngatanan
II (Fast beat)
Kay ikaw man ang marig-on nga am’ salipdanan
Linaoman nga tambal han am’ kasakitan
San Pascual, ikaw an am kalasag
Am’ araba papati-a bis’ sugad
Inin amon barrio, nayukbo ha imo
Inin am’ pag-ampo, unta panunggon mo
Hadton mga tu-ig, bis’ damo’n kaaway
Kami an mga anak mo, ha im’ papahuway
(Repeat III and II)