Sunday, January 12, 2014

The 34th Grand Marian Procession of Intramuros Part 3: The Canonically Crowned Images of the Philippines

From Private Devotions to Widespread Ones
(The Coronadas)

What does "Coronada" stands for?

A Canonical Coronation is an act of the Pope, duly expressed in an Apostolic Letter called a Papal Bull, wherein His Holiness recognizes the Marian Image under a specific title being venerated in a certain locality. The venerated image should be historically old, acclaimed, and in times of need serves as a beacon of faith and hope among the people. Coronation is one form of reverence frequently shown to images of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Canonical Coronation also manifests recognition of the fervent devotion of the faithful of a locality to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Catholic custom of crowning images is a very ancient practice. It originated in 1640 when Alejandro Sfortia, Marquis of Placencia died, leaving in his will a provision in which a large sum of money was to be invested and the proceeds to form a fund for the purchase of crowns of precious metals for the coronation of the most celebrated images in the world.It is especially from the end of the 16th century that in the West, the practice became widespread for the faithful, both religious and laity, to crown images of the Blessed Virgin. The popes not only endorsed this devout custom but on many occasions, either personally or through bishop-delegates, carried out the coronation of Marian Images. The growth of the custom led to the composition of a special rite for crowning images of Mary, and in the 19th century this was incorporated into the Roman liturgy. By means of this rite the Church proclaims that the Blessed Virgin Mary is rightly regarded and invoked as Queen of heaven and earth. The glory of Mary, who is a daughter of Adam and Mother to us all, not only honors the people of God, but also ennobles the entire human family.

A Coronada stature means that The Catholic Church, through The Holy See, officially recognized and proclaimed that The Blessed Virgin Mary had granted favors and blessings or formidable intercessions for her devotees through the centuries.

List of Canonically Crowned Marian Images in the Philippines

1. Nuestra Señora del Rosario - Sto. Domingo, Quezon City (1907)

2. Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia - Naga City (1924)

3. Nuestra Señora del Rosario - Piat, Cagayan (1924)

4. Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje - Antipolo, Rizal (1926)

5. Nuestra Señora del Rosario - Manaoag, Pangasinan (1926)

6. Nuestra Señora de Caysasay - Taal, Batangas (1954)

7. Nuestra Señora de la Regla - Cebu (1954)

8. Nuestra Señora de Guia - Ermita, Manila (1955)

9. Nuestra Señora de la Caridad - Bantay, Ilocos Sur (1956)

10. Nuestra Señora de los Remedios - Pampanga (1956)

11. Nuestra Señora de Pronto Socorro - Marinduque (1958)

12. Nuestra Señora del Rosario - Orani, Bataan (1959)

13. Nuestra Señora del Pilar - Zamboanga (1960)

14. Nuestra Señora del Divina Pastora - Nueva Ecija (1964)

15. Nuestra Señora de Namacpacan - Luna, La Union (1969)

16. Nuestra Señora de Visitacion - Isabela (1973)

17. Nuestra Señora de Salvacion - Sorsogon (1976)

18. Nuestra Señora de Soledad de Porta Vaga - Cavite (1978)

19. Virgen Milagrosa - Badoc, Ilocos Norte (1980)

20. Nuestra Señora de Candelaria - Jaro, Iloilo City (1981)

21. Nuestra Señora de Caridad - Agoo, La Union (1982)

22. Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia - Manila (1985)

23. Nuestra Señora dela Inmaculada Concepcion - Malabon (1987)

24. Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados - Sta. Ana, Manila (1991)

25. Nuestra Señora del Carmen - Quaipo, Manila (1991)

26. Nuestra Señora de la Correa - Intramuros, Manila (2000)

27. Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso - Paranaque City (2000)

28. Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados - Marikina City (2005)

29. Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - Cebu (2006)

30. Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion - Pasig City (2008)

31. Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada Concepcion - Malolos, Bulacan (2012)

32. Nuestra Señora de Candelaria - Paracale, Daet (2012)

33. Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Imus Cavite (2012)

SOURCES: An article released by Rev. Msgr. Arnel F. Lagarejos from the Canonical Coronation Committee headed by Mr. Dino Carlo Santos (Chairman) and Mr. Demetrio Pascual (Vice-Chairman). Additional content from

The Coronadas in GMP 2013

The final slots of the GMP procession are usually reserved for the official delegation of Parishes with Canonically Crowned images of the Blessed Mother.

Our Lady of Guadalupe of Cebu

Our Lady of Good Events

Our Lady of the Abandoned of Sta. Ana, Manila

The bejeweled hair of Our Lady of the Abandoned, a trademark look of the image

Our Lady of Penafrancia of Manila

Our Lady of Namacpacan

The Divine Sheperdess

Our Lady of the Rosary of Orani, Bataan...oh what is happening to the sponsors of the image, 2 years in a row have they let their image look forlorn

Our Lady of Remedies of Pampanga and her scal-y carroza

Prayer to Our Lady Of Piat

Oh Virgin Mary our Lady of the
Visitation of Piat, I have recourse to
you today. I do offer this day in
praise and thanksgiving for past
benefits and in the hope of receiving
new blessings which you know I need
in life. Deigh oh dearest Mother to
shower upon us all the blessings
which we need most for body and
soul particularly (mention your
intentions) and the special grace to
die in God's love, through Christ our

Our Lady of Piat, Pray for us.

Our Lady of Piat, in 1954, the Lady of Piat was canonically crowned Queen, mother and Patroness of Cagayan Valley

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, La Naval de Manila

Our Lady of Consolation and Cincture

O Mary Immaculate

O Mary Immaculate, Virgin so fair
Mother of Our Savior, please hear my prayer
Intercede, dearest Mother
to your heavenly son.
Tell Him I am truly sorry for all the wrongs I have done.
Ask Him to guide me by the Gifts of The Holy Spirit
in all of my deeds and way.
So that I may give Him glory, honour and praise at the end of my days.

The Festejada image, the Immaculate Conception; another carroza with floral decorations that does not look good during the day but transforms at night...

The beautiful Triunfal carroza of the Immaculate Conception...a vision, a dream...

From soldiers to deacons...

Another GMP comes to a close...

The Festejada Image as it make its way to Manila Cathedral

As the carroza passes me by, I thought, after 4 hours, finally the last carroza...

As it turns towards Manila Cathedral, I thought wait...another GMP comes to a close...

And as it slowly moves further away, I thought, that's another year of waiting for the next GMP.

Night is falling, dear Mother, the long day is o'er,
And before thy loved image I'm kneeling once more,
To thank thee for keeping me safe through the day,
To ask thee this night to keep evil away.

Many times have I fallen today, Mother dear;
Many graces neglected since last I knelt here.
Wilt thou not in pity, my own Mother mild,
Ask Jesus to pardon the sins of thy child?

I am going to rest, for the day's work is done,
Its hours and moments have passed one by one.
And the God Who will judge me has counted them all;
He has numbered each grace, He has counted each fall.

In His book they are written against the last day
0 Mother, ask Jesus to wash them away;
For one drop of His Blood for which sinners was spilt
Is sufficient to cleanse the whole world from its guilt.

And if e'er the dawn I should draw my last breath;
If the sleep that I take be the long sleep of death,
Be near me, dear Mother, for Jesus' dear sake
When my soul on Eternity's shore shall awake.


End of Part 3. Go back to Part 1.


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