Bacolod Marian exhibit opens

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BACOLOD, Sept. 12, 2016 – In order to propagate the devotion to the Mother of God, the faithful in this diocese organized an Exhibit of Marian Images that will run until Sept. 24, 2016.

The faithful venerate an image of Our Lady at the San Sebastian Cathedral on the feast of Holy Mary's Nativity, Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo: San Sebastian Cathedral)

Hosted by the San Sebastian Cathedral Parish, the exhibit was inaugurated by Bacolod Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, D.D., at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the Museo Diocesano in the Cathedral Pastoral Complex.

The Marian exhibit features various sculptures and works of art showing the Blessed Virgin Mary and her many titles.

Rare images

The Marian images come from the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) of the San Sebastian Cathedral Parish and from private family collections.

“Many of the pieces on display are part of the collections of Negrenses which they acquired from their travels,” said Sandy Solinap, curator of the Museo Diocesano.

“One of the paintings of Mary is done using ‘atsuete’ and turmeric powder, a textured rendering in shades of gold by seasoned Negrense painter and Marian devotee, Dolly Gatuslao,” shared the museum curator.

Another rare statue in the collection is Mary as an infant referred to as “Maria Bambinella”.

According to cathedral rector, Fr. Felix Pasquin, in order to deepen the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary among the youth, arrangements are being made with public schools within the territory of the San Sebastian Cathedral Parish for their students to visit the exhibit.

Entrance to the exhibit is free and open to the public during regular office hours.

Imitating Mary

In a related development, the liturgical feast of the Nativity of Mary in the diocese was marked by invitations and reminders for the Catholic faithful to live like Mary.

“Honoring Holy Mary is not limited to reciting novenas or seeking her intercession for our petitions,” emphasized Fr. Jonas Sumagaysay during the homily in one of the many Masses celebrated on this feast day.

“Everyone should consciously make the Blessed Virgin as a model of gentleness, humility, faith, and goodness in all areas of one’s life,” the priest pointed out.

Flowers and prayers

As early as 7:00 a.m., churchgoers flocked to the San Sebastian Cathedral to offer flowers and prayers before a statue of Mary adorned with balloons.

The celebration of Mary’s birthday ended with an evening procession of the faithful from the Cathedral to the St. John Paul II Tower located in the Reclamation Area of the City. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)

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