LIPA City, Batangas, July 12, 2014—Thanks to social media sites like Facebook, the number of individuals who call themselves “Mediatrix of All-Grace” devotees is on the rise.
Antipolo-based Jovi Atanacio, one of those who have actively taken up the cause of the Mediatrix, especially online, noted that since he opened a Facebook group in order to promote this particular Marian devotion on May 11— “Mothers’ Day”—of this “Year of the Laity”, many from both within and outside the Philippines have expressed an interest in “making her known to the world.”
Called “Mama Mary Mediatrix’ Cause: The Lay Devotees’ Initiative”, the group boasts 583 members as of this writing, most of whom are males aged between 20 and 40 years old, and is co-administered by lawyer Marwil N. Llasos, a lay Dominican and renowned Mariologist; Lipa Archbishop Ramón C. Argüelles; and Angelo Diego Castro, son of the late broadcast journalist June Keithley, who made the “Virgin of Lipa” a household name after producing a television special on the Lipa apparitions.
“While His Eminence Ramón C. Argüelles, the current prelate of the place where Our Lady appeared in the 1940s to Carmelite novice Teresing L. Castillo, had left it to the Vatican to decide on the issue,” Atanacio explained, “part of the group’s mission is to directly petition Pope Francis in granting his canonical approval to the Mediatrix and the miracles attributed through her intercession.”
People from as far as India, Malta, and Brazil are getting enlisted as Mediatrix devotion promoters, he shared.
As promoters, they are tasked with organizing activities like home and hospital visitations; processions of pilgrim images, block rosaries, Saturday devotions, and cenacles; 2,000 Hail Marys, and Marian exhibits; film showings, talks, and others, which will help acquaint the faithful with the devotion.
They may also employ their talents—artistic, musical, literary—in their promotion efforts, Atanacio said.
Print-ready Mediatrix prayer cards are available on the group page for members to download, replicate, and give away.