By Christina Hermoso
The solemn Feast of Our Lady of Pillar tomorrow will be marked with a high mass to be celebrated by parish priest Rev. Fr. Rudsend Paragas at 6:15 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Parish in Manila.
A solemn procession follows the mass. Novena masses in honor of its patroness were held at the church from October 6 to 11.
In Zamboanga City, where the image of Nuestra Senora La Virgin del Pillar has been venerated for almost four centuries, devotees will gather at her shrine in Fort Pilar for the Eucharistic celebration.
Festivities in honor of Our Lady of Pillar will also be observed in Imus, Cavite; Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Las Pinas City; and Pilar, Capiz.
Last October 10, Papal Nuncio Gabrielle Giordano Caccia canonically crowned the revered image of Our Lady of Pillar in Morong, Bataan.
At the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain, where miraculous healings had been reported for centuries, pilgrims will offer prayers before the “pillar” or column believed to be the one used by the Blessed Mother when she appeared in a vision to St. James the Greater in 44 A.D.
According to accounts, St. James was making very little progress spreading the Gospel in Spain during the early days of the Church. The Blessed Mother, who was still living in Jerusalem at the time, bi-located and appeared to him in a vision atop a pillar carried by angels and encouraged him to continue his apostolate and evangelization work. The pillar is believed to be the same one venerated in Spain today.