October 13, 2013- At Sto. Domingo to witness the La Naval Solemn Procession. I arrived around 2 pm and the already huge church cannot seem to fit the number of devotees who have flocked to celebrate the fiesta of the Queen of the Philippines. There's so many things going on, it is exciting...and like GMP you get to see old friends, flickr friends, office mates etc...La Naval surely draws in a lot of crowd...and its nice, you feel the Catholic Faith is so much alive..."to Jesus through Mary," as what we Maristians always say.
Outside the crowd is trying to get a great view to witness the procession which will start in less than an hour...inside, people are just waiting...
Totus Tuus Maria
Pope John Paul II's (soon to be saint) apostolic motto best captures the feeling evoked by this bas relief atop the Sto. Domingo Church facade. It is a fitting marker emphasizing that this is no ordinary Marian Shrine. It is a place which overwhelms you upon realization of Mary's immense intercessory power, her influence even changing the course of history.
As magnificent as the original image, I am awestricken...
Truly a National Treasure
Inside the Church
Off to see Our Lady of La Naval and the Dominican Saints...
The Throne Room...
A now empty throne...I wonder how they made those huge egg shaped topiaries?
Our Lady of La Naval already on her carroza...
Holy Mary, at the sound of your voice, Elizabeth, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and the baby in her womb leapt for joy. Visit us as you visited the home of Elizabeth. During our earthly pilgrimage towards God's kingdom, may we magnify the Lord whose greatness endures from age to age, who lifts up the lowly, fills the starving with good things, and comes to the help of His servants
The unmistakeable La Naval silhouette...
Light check before the procession...
Our Lady and her roses...classic...
Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, Our Mother, first disciple of your Son Jesus, intercede for us in our most earnest request. May we, in turn heed your unceasing call to do whatever your Son tells us to do. With your powerful intercession, we believe that what is most difficult can be done, what we have overlooked, you cannot miss, what is meaningless, bitter or painful can be transformed into fulfillment, gratitude and joy. Amen.
A venerable sister watches over as the Image of La Naval is readied for the procession...
The Dominican Saints
I feel like a kid entering Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory...come with me, to a world of pure imagination...
The Dominican Saints all lined up, ready for the presentation [of the saints]...
I needed to use the restroom and was treated to a glimpse of La Naval's callejera image, seemingly guarding the entrance of the Parish office.
Details like the original...
My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart.
I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God's holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.
I offer you this spiritual "Bouquet of Roses" because I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
All you holy saints of God, pray for us
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, Patron Saint of the Filipino Youth, the Filipino-Chinese Community, Overseas Filipino Workers, people living in poverty and Filipino altar servers
Blessed Joan of Haza, mother of St. Dominic who in a vision saw her son as someone who will be doing great things for the world
Blessed Margaret of Castello, Patron Saint against impoverishment, against poverty; also the Patron Saint of disabled people, handicapped people, people rejected by religious orders, physically challenged people, Right To Life groups
Saint Thomas of Khuong, martyr of Vietnam
Saint Francis Ferdinand de Capillas, considered the proto-martyr of the Martyrs of China.
Saint Vincent Liem, martyr of Vietnam
Saint Magdalene of Nagazaki, martyr of Japan
Saint John Macias, noted for visions, for his care for the poor of Lima, and for his endless praying of the Rosary, offering all his prayers for the release of souls in Purgatory
Saint Martin of Porres, Patron Saint of African-Americans, against rats, barbers, bi-racial people, black people, for inter-racial justice, for social justice, hair stylists, hairdressers, hotel-keepers, innkeepers, mixed-race people, mulattoes, paupers, Peru, poor people, public education, public health, public schools, race relations, racial harmony, state schools, television
Saint Martin of Porres on his beautifully decorated carroza
Another image of Saint Martin of Porres...
Saint Rose of Lima, Patron Saint against vanity, Americas, Central America, embroiderers, florists, gardeners, India, Latin America, Lima, Peru, needle workers, New World, people ridiculed for their piety, Philippines, South America
Saint Catherine del Ricci, Patron Saint of sick people, against illness, pipe makers, tobacconists, Prato, Italy
Saint Catherine del Ricci,
St. John of Cologne, the "great athlete of Christ," Martyr of Gorkum
Saint Louis Bertrand, Patron Saint of Caribbean Vicariates, Colombia, Dominican novices
Saint Louis Bertrand
Saint Pius V, He is a patron for all Traditional Catholics since the Papal Bull Quo Primum, promulgated on July 14th, 1570, anchored the Traditional Latin Mass as the Roman Catholic Church's form of worship in all perpetuity.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, Patron Saint of brick makers, builders, construction workers, pavement workers, plumbers, tile makers
Saint Antonius of Florence, Patron Saint against fever
Saint Catherine of Siena, Patron Saint against bodily ills, against fire, against illness, against miscarriages, against sexual temptation, against sickness, against temptations, fire prevention, firefighters, nurses, nursing services, people ridiculed for their piety, sick people
Saint Agnes of Montepulciano, She held the infant Jesus in one of these visions; when she woke from her trance she found she was holding the small gold crucifix the Christ child had worn
Saint Albert the Great, Patron Saint of medical technicians, natural sciences, philosophers, schoolchildren, scientists (proclaimed on 13 August 1948 by Pope Pius XII), students, theology students
Cherry apples for Saint Albert
Saint Raymond of Penyafort, Patron Saint of attorneys, barristers, canonists, lawyers, medical record librarians
Saint Thomas Aquinas Patron Saint of Academics; apologists; book sellers; Catholic academies, schools, and universities;pencil makers; philosophers; publishers; scholars; students; theologians; Invoked against storms; against lightning; for learning and for chastity
Saint Margaret of Hungary, Patron Saint against floods
Saint Hyacinth, Patron Saint against drowning
Saint Peter Verona, the proto-martyr, Patron Saint of inquisitors and midwives
Saint Dominic de Guzman, Patron Saint of astronomers, astronomy, falsely accused people, scientists
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron Saint against doubt, against hesitation, accountants, attornies, barristers, bursars, cabinetmakers, carpenters, cemetery workers, children, civil engineers, confectioners, craftsmen, dying people, educators, emigrants, exiles, expectant mothers, families, fathers, furniture makers, grave diggers, happy death, holy death, house hunters, immigrants, interior souls, joiners, laborers, lawyers, married people, orphans, people in doubt, people who fight Communism, pioneers, pregnant women, social justice, solicitors, teachers, travellers, unborn children, wheelwrights, workers, working people
A moment of Weakness
While praying the rosary, I noticed camera's from a local news studio taking a footage of the procession...lost my focus...i'm sorry...I was not able to fight the pinoy inside me who just loves to be on camera...