By Christina Hermoso
The much-anticipated gathering of Marian devotees, the 38th Grand Marian Procession, a prelude to the celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, will be held in Intramuros, Manila tomorrow, coinciding with the Roman Catholic Church’s observance of the First Sunday of Advent.
Organized by the Confradia de la Inmaculada Conception Foundation in cooperation with the Intramuros Administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the three-kilometer procession of over 100 elaborately-adorned carriages bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary with her different titles from different parts of the country will start at 4 in the afternoon from Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral and will slowly wind its way through the streets of the Walled City.
The well venerated images include: the OurLady of the Visitation of Piat from Cagayan Valley; Our Lady of Guibang in Gamu, Isabela; Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Guimaras, Iloilo; Nuestra Señora de Salvacion; Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion; Our Lady of Lourdes; Our Lady of Fatima; Our Lady of Buen Suceso;
Our Lady of Pillar; Our Lady of theAbandoned; Our Lady of Victories; Our Lady of La Salette fromSilang, Cavite; Our Lady of Namacpacan from Luna, La Union;Our Lady of Manaoag from Pangasinan; Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu; Our Lady of Soledad of Porta Vaga, patroness of Cavite; Our Lady of Peñafrancia, patroness of Bicol; Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Turumba from Pakil, Laguna; 0ur Lady of La Naval; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Our Lady of the Rosary from Rosario, Cavite; Virgen Milagrosa del Santissimo Rosario from Orani, Bataan; Virgen La Divina Pastora from Gapan, Nueva, Ecija; and several other highly revered Marian images accompanied by a contingent from each town.
Held every first Sunday of December, hundreds of Marian devotees holding lighted candles and holy rosaries are expected to join the festive event.
Triduum masses in honor ofthe Immaculate Conception were held on November 28, 29,and 30 at the Manila Cathedral. A First Holy Communion Masswas held at the church last December 1
Hermanas Mayoresfor this year’s festivities are Danilo L. Dolor, Jorge Allan R.Tengco, and Criselda Lontok.