By Christina Hermoso
A high mass and a solemn procession will be held Saturday, October 12, at the Santa Cruz Parish in Manila, in observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Pillar.
Novena masses 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.
Special masses in honor of Our Lady of Pillar will also be offered in Imus, Cavite; Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Las Pinas City; Morong, Bataan; and Pilar, Capiz.
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 which was 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.