By Christina Hermoso
The revered image of Señora de Triunfo de Ozamis (Our Lady of Triumph), which went missing in 1975, will finally be “home” on December 8 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Ozamis Archbishop Martin Jumoad said, the image was found and bought in an auction in a hotel in Makati by a certain J.V. Esposo. The icon was later discovered to be the missing image.
The archbishop expressed his gratitude to Esposo for volunteering to return the image to the Archdiocese of Ozamis. The faithful in Ozamis, Jumoad said, are grateful that the image is finally returning home to the archdiocese.
The prelate added that many devotees got teary eyed upon watching the episode on the missing icon in a local television program.
The miraculous image is expected back in Ozamis on December 8 and will be carried in a procession from the airport to the cathedral of the archdiocese and then, to the Virgin of the Fort (Birhen ng Kotta) Parish.
Jumoad said, the image of Senora de Triunfo de Ozamis arrived in the city in 1756 and was enshrined at the Virgin of the Fort Parish.
The parish of the Birhen ng Kotta ng Ozamiz was erected in 1755. A carved image of the Blessed Mother on the wall of the fort facing the sea has been receiving devotees since 1976, Jumoad said.
Pilgrims pray before the miraculous image particularly on July 16, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and on December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
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