La Naval de Manila pro­ces­sion set to­day

Manila Bulletin - - News - By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO

he much an­tic­i­pated grand pro­ces­sion of the ven­er­ated im­age of Nuestra Senora San­tis­simo Rosario (Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary) La Naval de Manila, along with the im­ages of the Holy Rosary saints, will be held at 4 p.m. to­day around Santo Domingo Church (Na­tional Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary) on Que­zon Av­enue in Que­zon City, in cel­e­bra­tion of the solemn Feast of La Naval de Manila.

Bishop Hon­esto F. Ong­ti­oco will cel­e­brate a high mass at the church at 3 p.m.

Feast masses will also be cel­e­brated by the hour from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and at 7 p.m.

Novena masses were held from Oc­to­ber 4 to 13.

The theme for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion is “Maria: Huwaran ng Ka­banalan.”

Feast rites in honor of La Naval will also be ob­served in Fort San Felipe in Cavite City, as well as in other towns and parishes placed un­der her pa­tron­age.

The first cel­e­bra­tion of the Feast of La Naval de Manila was held on Oct. 8, 1646 in In­tra­muros, Manila to mark the naval vic­tory of the Span­ish and Filipino Catholic forces against the in­vad­ing Dutch fleet.

Rem­i­nis­cent of the vic­tory of the greatly out­num­bered Chris­tian naval forces against the Turks at the Bat­tle of Lepanto in 1571, which was at­trib­uted to the in­ter­ces­sion of the Blessed Mother, the joint Span­ish and Filipino forces, upon the ad­vice of the Do­mini­can fri­ars, prayed the Holy Rosary be­fore each en­counter with the in­vad­ing forces be­tween March 15 and Oct. 4.

Fi­nally, the Dutch fleet gave up and left the coun­try.

In thanks­giv­ing to God and the Holy Mother for the vic­tory, Span­ish church lead­ers ini­ti­ated the cel­e­bra­tion of the first feast of La Naval de Manila, which has since then been an­nu­ally marked with holy masses and a grand pro­ces­sion of the sa­cred im­age.

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