Br. Joseph Conrad Salenga, OP (L) and Br. Mark Buenaventura, OP (R), pose with an image of Our Lady of the Rosary – La Naval De Manila, from religious art collector Francis Jason Perez of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, at Museo De Sto. Domingo, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. (Photo: Oliver Samson)
MANILA, Sept. 24, 2016 – An exhibit of religious art at the Museo De Sto. Domingo, featuring treasured images of the Blessed Virgin created by prominent local artists like Rafael del Casal, Noli Manalang, Joel De Leon, is set from Sept. 25 to Oct. 31 at the Museo de Sto. Domingo in Quezon City.
Themed ‘Pintakasi: Sining Para Kay Maria,’ the event will showcase different religious artwork, like sculpted images, paintings, poetry, and photography, said Br. Joseph Conrad Salenga, OP.
One of the featured images is the 18th century Our Lady of Immaculate Conception from Italy, lent to the organizers by Noel Abquilan, a known religious art collector from Malabon.
Feast of Our Lady of La Naval
An ivory replica of Our Lady of La Naval could also be viewed at the more than a month-long exhibit, said Salenga.
Most of the works of art on exhibit are loaned by religious art collectors, some of whom are friends of Kapatid, an apostolic group of seminarians of the Dominican Order aiming to promote Marian devotion, while others are referred, said Salenga.
Some of the images are a century-old.
Coinciding with the feast of Our Lady of La Naval on Sept. 29, the annual exhibit draws hundreds of Marian devotees and pilgrims from Metro Manila and provinces, said John Rafanan, a staff at Sto. Domingo parish church.
Closer to Jesus
Bro. Mark Buenaventura, OP, clarified that the faithful do not worship Mary. “We venerate her, who brings us closer to her Son.”
The Dominican brothers expressed alarm over the spate of violence across the country that has already cost thousands of deaths.
The faithful should be cautious and judicious in their words and actions, said Buenaventura.
‘Mother of Mercy’
“Be responsible of everything that we do,” Buenaventura encouraged the faithful. “Be responsible [for] everything that we say.”
The extra-judicial and summary killings are not a good example, especially for the young, noted Salenga.
According to him, the youth may inherit the “the culture of violence today”, allowing “the bad example” to continue.
“Connecting that to the devotion to Mary, she promotes life and is a mother of mercy,” Salenga said.
The exhibit is organized annually by Kapatid. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)