JARO, Iloilo City, Sept. 11, 2015 – A local prelate, known for his devotion to the Blessed Virgin, is encouraging the faithful of his archdiocese to join the National Days of Pilgrimage and Prayer in honor of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace to be held in Lipa, Batangas climaxing on Sept. 12.
“For all those who have the means to participate in the Annual Pilgrimage to Lipa this coming September 12, I encourage you to do so,” writes Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo in a circular addressed to the clergy, religious, and laity in the Archdiocese of Jaro.
Worthy of belief
In the same circular, the Iloilo prelate stated his stand as regards the devotion to Mary Mediatrix of All Grace of Lipa by quoting a declaration made by Lipa Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles in a homily at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Batangas on June 4, 2015: “I declare today what I always have at heart: Mary Mediatrix of All Grace of Lipa is worthy of belief.”
“By this declaration,” Lagdameo explained, “the Archbishop of Lipa completes the process of rehabilitation begun by his predecessor Archbishop Mariano Gaviola who in 1991 allowed the return of popular veneration of the image of Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace of the Carmel of Lipa.”
According to Lagdameo the declaration of the Archbishop of Lipa “is a sign to us to pursue with greater vigor the on-going archdiocesan program of Montfortian Consecration to Mary Mediatrix of All Grace.”
“In the course of her apparitions at Lipa the Blessed Mother specifically asked: “I wish you all to consecrate yourselves to me… and be my slaves.” This is an explicit reference to the Marian spirituality of St. Louis Grignion de Montfort who taught the Holy Slavery of Love to Jesus through Mary and brings the Church’s constant exhortation “Ad Jesum per Mariam!” to the practical level, the Jaro archbishop elaborated.
Recourse to the Blessed Virgin Mary
As a concrete course of action Lagdameo said, “We will prioritize bringing Montfortian consecration to the young people of the Archdiocese to save them from the temptation of vice so fashionable among the youth of today and to families that they may be spared from the harm that threatens them in our contemporary society.”
The prelate appealed to his people to have recourse to the maternal mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Please join me at laying at the feet of Our Lady our petitions and supplications to Her who can intercede for all the spiritual and temporal necessities of the Archdiocese.” (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)