Bring um­brel­las, devo­tees urged



The thou­sands of Mar­ian devo­tees who are ex­pected to at­tend the grand Mar­ian pro­ces­sion on Fri­day even­ing are en­cour­aged to bring um­brel­las and rain gear as rains in Cebu City are fore­cast for the night.

They are also ad­vised to bring can­dles and rosaries be­cause aside from per­sonal prayers, the rosary would be re­cited dur­ing the pro­ces­sion es­pe­cially since Oc­to­ber is also the month of the rosary.

En­gi­neer Os­car Tabada, di­rec­tor of Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and Astro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Pa­gasa)Visayas, said Cebu City will ex­pe­ri­ence cloudi­ness and light to mod­er­ate rain on the af­ter­noon, and scat­tered rain show­ers at night dur­ing the pro­ces­sion.

This is be­cause of the trop­i­cal de­pres­sion Odette, which would hit land­fall in Ca­gayan prov­ince on Thursday even­ing. The trop­i­cal de­pres­sion is set to exit the coun­try on Satur­day.

Al­though Odette would not af­fect Cebu di­rectly be­cause Ca­gayan is al­most 900 km from Cebu, it would, how­ever, strengthen the south­west mon­soon or haba­gat.

Al Quiblat of Pa­gasaMac­tan said that the haba­gat would bring light to mod­er­ate rains and thun- der­storms in Cebu on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Aside from the rains, mo­torists are also en­cour­aged to take note of the tem­po­rary change of routes as the Cebu City Trans­porta­tion Of­fice will im­ple­ment a traf­fic rerout­ing scheme start­ing at 8 p.m.

The CCTO would then close the streets along the pro­ces­sion route (See sepa- rate story).

Fe Barino, Com­mis­sion on the Laity of the Cebu Arch­dio­cese head, said that they would be ex­pect­ing 30,000 devo­tees to at­tend the grand Mar­ian pro­ces­sion.

Barino said that the re­li­gious ac­tiv­ity would start at 8 p.m. with a pro­ces­sion from the Capi­tol travers­ing along Os­meña Boule­vard to the Basil­ica del Sto. Nino Pil­grim Cen­ter where a Mass would­be­cel­e­brat­ed­byCebu Arch­bishop Jose Palma.

The grand Mar­ian pro­ces­sion is the cul­mi­na­tion of the “Ju­bilee Year of Fa­tima” in cel­e­bra­tion of the 100th year an­niver­sary of the ap­pari­tions of Blessed Vir­gin Mary to the shep­herd’s chil­dren, Lu­cia, Fran­cisco and Jac­inta that hap­pened in Por­tu­gal on May 13 to Oc­to­ber 13, 1917.

Msgr. Ruben Labajo, the Arch­dioce­san spir­i­tual con­sul­tant, said Palma would want Ce­buano Catholic lay peo­ple and devo­tees of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary to ex­pe­ri­ence the candlelight pro­ces­sion, that were usu­ally done in Por­tu­gal.

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