Lipa prepares for nat’l Marian pilgrimage

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LIPA City, Batangas, August 6, 2014— With the Blessed Virgin’s birthday just a month away, the Archdiocese of Lipa is preparing a host of activities culminating with the 11th National Days of Prayer and Pilgrimage to Lipa on September 12, 2014, Friday.

“May I heartily invite all, especially promoters and devotees of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, to this occasion. Please invite others too, and tell everyone. Let us heed Mary’s call to prayer,” shared Lipa Archbishop Ramón Argüelles in his Facebook status on July 22.

The Mediatrix of All Grace leads the faithful in “defending life, God’s gift to us”, Argüelles said.

The prelate also promised that these year’s festivities will be “more exhilarating”.

According to Argüelles, the third Marian Regatta scheduled on September 8 will take place at Lake Taal if the weather permits.

But he explained that despite the destruction of many boats by typhoon Glenda, the fluvial procession of the Blessed Sacrament and the two Batangas Marian images will take place–“whatever happens”—to “beg God and the Blessed Mother to possess and fructify this beautiful and historic lake.”

According to Argüelles, the pilgrimage will start on September 7 at 5 a.m. with a motorcade which will tour the image of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace from the Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace Parish Church, Antipolo del Norte, Lipa City through the towns of Padre Garcia, Rosario, Taysan, and Batangas City to join the other pilgrims coming with the Image of Our Lady of Caysasay from Labac, Taal, or from the other parishes of the Archdiocese of Lipa. Each parish will take along a parish image of Our Blessed Mother. Holy mass will be celebrated at the Monte Maria Dome, Pagkilatan, Batangas City, at the place of Mary, Mother of All Asia.

Marian devotees ask for the intercession of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace during the 4th National Pilgrimage to Lipa in 2007. (Photo: CBCP News)

At 11:00 a.m., the motorcade will head towards the Mountain of Salvation, Batulao, Calaca, Batangas. Procession and holy mass will be offered in honor of the Mother of Love, Peace and Joy. After the Eucharist the images of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace and Our Lady of Caysasay will be brought by motorcade to Talisay via Laurel.

According to Argüelles,after the 11:00 a.m. holy mass at San Guillermo, Talisay, Batangas, the two images will be brought together for the festivities and veneration until the morning of September 10 at the San Padre Pio Shrine, San Pedro, Santo Tomás, Batangas.

On September 10 the two Batangas Marian images will be ceremoniously taken to the Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Joseph. On September 11 the Marian Days of Prayer will continue at the San Sebastian Cathedral. On September 12, the dawn procession will take the Blessed Sacrament and the two Marian Images from the Cathedral to the Church of the Mediatrix of All Grace in Antipolo del Norte. At 1:00 p.m., the Blessed Sacrament with the two images will be transferred in procession to the Carmel of our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace where more prayers and a celebration of the Eucharist will crown the festivities.

Fr. Shenan Boquet of Human Life International (HLI) will give his reflections on “Mary and Life on the Year of the Laity” during the conferences in the morning of September 9, 10, and 11 to the priests, and again in the afternoons to the public. On September 11, Cebu’s Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will preside over the concluding holy mass at 3:30 p.m.

“I hope all our Mediatrix devotees and promoters will be there to pray together and commit ourselves still to the spread of the devotion and to plead with the Lord and the Holy Mother to shower still on our country the abundance of their heavenly blessings,” the prelate said.
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