Tuesday, 28 April 2020 16:07

City Mayors to join Archdiocese of Manila in Prayer for Healing on May 13

On May 13, 2020, the 103rd anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila will preside a Eucharist celebration at the Manila Cathedral, at 12 noon. The mass will also be an act of consecration of the Archdiocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The five Mayors of the cities within the Archdiocese will be attending the mass--Mayor Francisco ‘Isko’ Domagoso (Manila), Mayor Carmelita Abalos (Mandaluyong), Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano (Pasay), Mayor Abigail Binay (Makati), and Mayor Francisco Zamora (San Juan).  After the Eucharistic celebration, each mayor will offer a flower as a sign of filial trust and devotion to the Blessed Mother.

“The presence of the five mayors will be a deep sign of togetherness as an Archdiocese in imploring our Mother’s help. Your personal presence in the said event will be very much appreciated by your constituents,” Bishop Pabillo wrote in his letter to the five mayors," Bishop Pabillo said.

In his Pastoral Statement titled “Consecration of the Archdiocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary” released on April 28, Bishop Pabillo encouraged the faithful to intensify their devotion to Mary especially this month of May which is the Marian month, amidst the enhanced community quarantine brought about by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“As we enter the month of May, what comes to our mind is the Blessed Virgin Mary. May is the month of Mama Mary. We have many fiestas of our Lady on this month. We have the Flores de Mayo celebrations. We will all miss these this year. Nevertheless, let us keep the month of May as a Marian month,” he said.

“During this month let us intensify the devotion to our Blessed Mother in our homes. We can decorate the altar of Mama Mary. We can daily pray the Holy Rosary as a family. We may not be able to offer flowers but we can daily offer some small good deed to Our Mother,” he added.

The prelate also stated in his Pastoral Statement that from the first week of May, a series of catechetical instructions will be available online explaining the meaning and implication of the consecration. A triduum (three days) of daily penance and rosary will start from May 10 and will culminate on the common Act of Consecration on May 13.

“We do this to implore the protection of the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother in this difficult time, especially as we move to the transition to a new way of life after the quarantine. We need strength from above, and we have a powerful intercessor in Mama Mary to get that heavenly help,” he said.

The Mass will be streamed online via RCAM SOCOM platforms: TV Maria, Radio Veritas and Archdiocese of Manila-Office of Communications.

On May 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared before three children – Lucia Abobora, 9, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, 6 and 7. They were tending a flock of sheep outside the tiny village in Fatima, Portugal, when they saw Our Lady wearing a white mantle, edged with gold they described as "brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light", and held a rosary in her hand. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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