The Jubilee Door of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the fourth jubilee door to be solemnly opened in the Archdiocese of Manila by Apostolic Administrator Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., at 12:00 noon on the 12th of April, Monday of the Second Week of Easter. The ceremony coincided with the Shrine’s traditional monthly devotion in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe wherein pilgrims from different places gathers and celebrate the Eucharist.
National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the 12 pilgrim churches of Manila. Bishop Pabillo reminded the faithful to read the Bible and reflect on the message of the Scriptures, especially in our present situation.
“Marami tayong pagkakataon na magnilay sa Salita ng Diyos kasi Siya po ang gabay sa ating buhay. Iyan po yung ginawa ng mga alagad. Bumalik sila sa Banal na Kasulatan,” he said.
“Ang kanilang dasal ay patuloy ang kanilang misyon kahit na nakita nila nandiyan yung panganib para sa kanilang buhay,” Bishop Pabillo added.
He also encouraged the faithful not to be afraid for the Holy Spirit is within us to help and guide us all the time.
“Tayo’y pinanganak na muli. Tayo’y pinanganak na mula sa itaas, mula sa espiritu ng Diyos. Iyan po ang pinanghahawakan natin na kahit na gaano kahirap ng ating buhay, hindi tayo iniiwan ng Diyos,” he said.
The Spirit of God is the foundation of our fervor and holy perseverance because, despite the pandemic crisis, we are always being accompanied by the Lord. He then concluded that the purpose of a Pilgrim Church is to be a channel of grace for God’s people.
Rev. Fr. Eric Castro, NSOLG Rector and Parish Priest, expressed his gratitude to Bishop Pabillo for presiding the celebration and for leading the Archdiocese for more than a year as an administrator. He has also acknowledged the presence of the 4 honorable chairpersons from the 4 different barangays: Guadalupe Nuevo, Pinagkaisahan, Pitogo and South Cembo, constituted by the National Shrine. They are the representatives of the parishioners from the said barangays.
Bishop Pabillo, on behalf of the devotees of the Virgin of Guadalupe, invited once again, the pilgrims participating in the live coverage to visit the Shrine and gain the plenary indulgence in this year-long celebration of the 500 years of our Christian faith and devotion!
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pro-Life Patroness of the Philippines is a 70-year old church. It has been the Devotional Center of Pro-life advocates and has adopted the advocacy of upholding the welfare of the Unborn, Sick, Aged and Disabled (USAD) – promoting the value and sanctity of Human Life in all its forms. (Fergus Cortez/SOCOM-National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
IN PHOTO: Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila | Photo by CV Balido/SOCOM-National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe