Our Lady of Peñafran­cia, pa­troness of Bi­col re­gion

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO

A se­ries of Pon­tif­i­cal masses will be cel­e­brated to­day at the Basil­ica Mi­nore of Our Lady of Peñafran­cia in Naga City in Ca­marines Sur, in solemn ob­ser­vance of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafran­cia, fondly called by devo­tees as “Ina” (mother), the highly revered pa­troness of the Bi­col re­gion.

With the theme “Mary: Mother of the Church, the Com­mu­nion of

Life, Love, and Truth in the Year of the Par­ish,” to­day marks the 307th year of widespread de­vo­tion to the Blessed Mother in the re­gion.

Arch­bishop Gil­bert Garcera will cel­e­brate the holy mass at 6:30 a.m., to be fol­lowed by Cac­eres Arch­bishop Rolando Tria Tirona at 8 a.m. Bishop Jose Ro­jas will of­fi­ci­ate the mass at 9:30 a.m., while Bishop Lu­cilo Quiambao will pre­side at 11 a.m. Bishop Ben­jamin Al­moneda will lead the Eucharis­tic cel­e­bra­tion at 5 p.m. while the last Pon­tif­i­cal mass will be cel­e­brated by Bishop Manolo de los San­tos at 6 p.m.

Novena masses were held from Septem­ber 8 to 16.

Rites in cel­e­bra­tion of the feast were also ob­served in other places such as Metro Manila, where triduum novena masses and a pro­ces­sion were or­ga­nized by the Peñafran­cia Devo­tees As­so­ci­a­tion in Metro Manila. Feast masses in honor of “Ina” were or­ga­nized as well by Bi­colanos and devo­tees who are now re­sid­ing abroad such as in the United States.

Mean­while, thou­sands of home­com­ing Bi­colanos and devo­tees wit­nessed yes­ter­day af­ter­noon the muchawaited grand flu­vial pro­ces­sion along the Naga River that brought back the images of Our Lady and the Divino Rostro (Holy Face of Je­sus) from the cen­turies-old Naga Metropoli­tan Cathe­dral to the Basil­ica Mi­nore.

De­vo­tion to “Ina” started in 1710 with the small com­mu­nity of Fr. Miguel Robles de Co­var­ru­bias, and has grown and be­come widespread and has ex­tended even to non-Bi­colanos.

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