Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., Manila Apostolic Administrator led the solemn declaration of Santa Ana Church (Our Lady of the Abandoned) as a new National Shrine on May 12, 2021. The declaration coincided with the parish’s fiesta and was concelebrated by the Franciscan Friars.
In his homily, Bishop Pabillo said that more than a title and honor, a national shrine is a “center of spirituality” the mission of which is to serve beyond the parish community.
“Pero hindi lang po ito titulo, hindi lang ito karangalan, ito’y malaking pananagutan. Bilang parokya pangangalagaan nya ang mga taong nabibilang sa teritoryong ito, pero bilang isang national shrine may tungkulin na sya sa buong bansa” he said, “Ang shrine po ay sentro ng espirituwalidad, ng spirituality.”
The bishop also encouraged the faithful to make Mary, Mother of the Abandoned, a source of inspiration in helping those who are in need.
The Mass was also attended by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Manila Vice Mayor Dr. Honey Lacuna.
During the Mass, the offering of Baston de Mando by the former Governor General Rev. Fr. Francisco de la Cuesta, OSA in September 12, 1720, was reenacted. The Baston de Mando is a symbol of power and authority by a Governor-General during the Spanish Colonial period in our country. Baston de Mando is the title conferred to the Our Lady of the Abandoned as the “La Governadora de Manila”.
The Misa Mayor ended with the unveiling of the markers below the bell tower of the church. (Marc Angelo Gopez/SOCOM/National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)