Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Marikina Celebrates Mama Mary's Birthday: Aglipay

Happy Birthday Mama Mary!
September 8th 2012- Sto. Nino (Aglipay), Marikina City

A few blocks from the Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, nestled in the middle of Marikina Market is the Aglipayan Church dedicated to the Holy Child or the Sto. Nino. A procession was also organized by the faithful in honor of our Blessed Mother.

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Nuestra Senora de Baranggay enthroned near the main altar.

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Nina Maria

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Nina Maria

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Procession starts at 7 pm, braved the rains and sleepiness in order to watch the procession

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Nina Maria exiting the church

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The star of the show, Our Lady of Grace (or the Miraculous Model). Friends of the owners are joking if this is the carroza of the Festejada image...

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Sustain us, O Virgin Mary, on our journey of faith
and obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Mother of God and our Mother, Mary!

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New Woodwork for Blessed Pope John Paul II Parish

Are these new woodwork or old ones cleaned and re-gold leafed? I can't remember the old altar but it surely looks nice. In a short span, this little Parish in Eastwood City has proven that they can make things possible.

Main Altar

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Side Altars

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Marikina Celebrates Mama Mary's Birthday: Catholic (OLA)

Happy Birthday Mama Mary (traditional)!
September 8, 2012- Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Marikina City

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church,
With joy and wonder we seek to make our own your Magnificat, joining you in your hymn of thankfulness and love.

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Procession started on time, 3 pm. By now the procession is in Calumpang, 25% more to go before it goes back to the church.

Marikina's Beloved Lady, Mary, Queen of the Abandoned

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Protect us our Lady and our Mother. Protect our families, our people, the Philippine nation and the whole world . Deliver us from wars and conflicts. Unite the strange hearts in the joy of being your children, close to you. Grant to those who enjoy material blessing eyes of mercy and a generous heart. give to all bread, shelter and a home filled with love.

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Grant health to the sick, patience to those who suffer illness, comfort to the sorrowful, cheerfulness to those who have lost it. Take away error from our minds and weakness from our hearts. lead sinners to conversion and a just to a higher virtue. Grant that we may live singing your praise and with your name on our lips enter to behold you in heaven together with your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

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La Nina Maria

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Our Lady of Manaoag

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Images of Mary: from Childhood to Motherhood

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With you we give thanks to God "whose mercy is from generation to generation," for the exalted vocation and the many forms of mission entrusted to the lay faithful. God has called each of them by name to live his own communion of love and holiness and to be one in the great family of God's children. He has sent them forth to shine with the light of Christ and to communicate the fire of the Spirit in every part of society through their life inspired by the Gospel.

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O Virgin of the Magnificat, fill their hearts with a gratitude and enthusiasm for this vocation and mission. With humility and magnanimity you were the "handmaid of the Lord"; give us your unreserved willingness for service to God and the salvation of the world. Open our hearts to the great anticipation of the Kingdom of God and of the proclamation of the Gospel to the whole of creation. Your mother's heart is ever mindful of the many dangers and evils which threaten to overpower men and women in our time. At the same time your heart also takes notice of the many initiatives undertaken for good, the great yearning for values, and the progress achieved in bringing forth the abundant fruits of salvation.

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Back at the Shrine

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O Virgin full of courage, may your spiritual strength and trust in God inspire us, so that we might know how to overcome all the obstacles that we encounter in accomplishing our mission. Teach us to treat the affairs of the world with a real sense of Christian responsibility and a joyful hope of the coming of God's Kingdom, and of a "new heavens and a new earth."

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You who were gathered in prayer with the Apostles in the Cenacle, awaiting the coming of the spirit at Pentecost, implore his renewed outpouring on all the faithful, men and women alike, so that they might more fully respond to their vocation and mission, as branches engrafted to the true vine, called to bear much fruit for the life of the world.

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O Virgin Mother, guide and sustain us so that we might always live as true sons and daughters of the Church of your son. Enable us to do our part in helping to establish on earth the civilization of truth and love, as God wills it, for his glory. Amen.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

La Naval Solemn Procession 2012: Morning

This year, the feast of Our Lady of La Naval was made more special with the declaration of Santo Domingo Church and its liturgical objects as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum. This event made the headlines of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, see below.

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National Treasures...Our Lady of La Naval etching her presence deeper into the Filipino identity, this was publicly declared during the opening of the annual celebration of La Naval de Manila, the Enthronement of Our Lady in the main altar of Sto. Domingo on October 4th.

After buying flowers in Dangwa to be used for the carroza of Beata Imelda Lambertini, passed by the Rotonda where Quezon City proudly declares their devotion to our Lady. It's been a while since I've been to Sto. Domingo for the fiesta of Our Lady of La Naval (with me participating in Marikina's Holy Rosary procession), so I decided to drop by...even though I will not be able to see her in procession, at least to see the carroza's of the Dominican Saints ready for procession would somehow give me that feeling...

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Treasure before our eyes. The declaration, recognizes Santo Domingo-La Naval both as an institution and a structure, as well as a repository of modern art. A National Cultural Treasure is a cultural property, a unique object found locally, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is significant and important to the country. Also, archaeological objects are qualified to be declared as National Cultural Treasures for its outstanding value to the history and identity of Filipinos. It also has historical significance because of its association with prehistoric events and past industries that are the foundation of the Filipino culture.

Santo Domingo, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, is the first National Cultural Treasure in Quezon City and the 72nd place in the country to be declared as such. 

National treasure...hmmm...what more if the original Sto. Domingo church in Intramuros survived...we owe a lot to the Dominican Fathers who did their best to ensure that Our Lady of La Naval was protected and safe at all cost. Praise God!

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Sto. Domingo lovingly gazes over devotees entering the Shrine to see Our Lady of La Naval.

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Our Lady of La Naval enthroned at the main altar of Sto. Domingo. Regina Sacratisimii Rosarii, Ora pro nobis!

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The Queen and her saints...Dominican saints on their carroza's ready for the procession in the afternoon.

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The unmistakable La Naval silhouette...beautiful from all sides.

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The boat-shaped carroza of Our Lady of La Naval

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Our Lady and her beloved spouse

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San Lorenzo Ruiz leading the Dominican Saints in procession; this Grand procession culminates the La Naval festivities.