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Parañaque marks 390 years of Marian devotion

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Through the centuries, Parañaque Catholics have found solace through the intercession of their patroness, Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of the Good Event). (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

PARAÑAQUE City, Aug. 11, 2015?After 390 years, Catholics from the Diocese of Parañaque and from other places proved once again they are devoted children of their heavenly mother and patroness, celebrating on Monday, Aug. 10, the feast of the enthronement of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of the Good Event).

True blessedness

Expounding on the Gospel reading , Fr. Rolando R. Agustín, rector of the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew, said everyone is called to be blessed just like Mary by always listening to and living out the Gospel.

“We become blessed when we hear the word of the Lord and obey it,” he explained, citing Luke 11:27-28.

The whole verse reads: “While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.’ He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.’”

In the same way people consider the mothers of successful individuals “blessed,” all the more reason should Christians call Mary “blessed among women”, given that no less than God Himself had chosen her, a simple maiden from a backwater town, to be His mother, whose “yes” signalled the start of the Incarnation.

One mother, many titles

“We venerate the Blessed Virgin under various titles. There is Perpetual Help, Fátima, Lourdes, and of course, our very own Buen Suceso. Mary has been given many titles because generations of the faithful have had different experiences of her. But she is the same Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and the Mother of us all,” the priest stressed.

According to Fr. Manuel P. Duetao, in his book “Marian Feasts,” which referenced records of Nicolas de San Pedro, the image of  of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso was discovered by Fray Juan de Guevarra, OSA in 1625 in the house of Catig, a native of Don Galo in what was then Palanyag (now Parañaque).

‘Discovery’  

Enthralled by what he saw, the Augustinian offered Catig 24 pesetas for the image, adding he would have Masses said for his intentions after he died.

He agreed, but it meant Fray Juan de Guevarra had to wait for quite some time before he could finally get hold of Buen Suceso.

Fr. Rolando R. Agustín, rector and chief pastor of the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew in La Huerta, Parañaque, where the miraculous image of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of the Good Event) is enthroned. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

Inside the cell of the Augustinian, the image would give off light, especially at night, prompting the friar to report the strange happenings to his superior, who soon confirmed the truth of the Fray Juan’s extraordinary experience.

390 years and counting

On August 10, 1625?390 years and one day ago today?Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso was borne in procession from the friar’s cell to the main altar of St. Andrew’s Church for everyone to venerate.

Next to Ermita’s Nuestra Señora de Guía, Parañaque’s Buen Suceso is perhaps the oldest Marian statue in the country. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


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