Monday, September 22, 2014
Masses Lined Up for Our Lady of Penafrancia Feast
Pontifical masses will be celebrated today, Sunday, at the Basilica Minore (Minor Basilica) in Naga City, Camarines Sur, in solemn observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia – Bicol’s most revered Patroness.
Today marks the 304th year of widespread devotion to the image, which locals affectionately refer to as “Ina,” or mother. It is enshrined in her sanctuary at the Basilica Minore.
Bishop Lucilo Quiambao will celebrate the first holy mass at 6:30 a.m., to be followed by Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona at 8 a.m.
Bishop Jose Sorra will officiate a 9:30 a.m. mass, with Bishop Gilbert Garcera presiding another mass later at 11 a.m. The evening mass, which starts at 6 p.m., will be celebrated by Bishop Manolo de los Santos.
Tomorrow, Monday, community masses will be celebrated at the basilica from 5 a.m. until noon and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Rites in celebration of the feast were also held elsewhere like in Metro Manila, where triduum novena masses and a procession were organized by the Peñafrancia Devotees Association of the metropolis.
Feast masses in honor of “Ina” were organized as well by Bicolanos and devotees who have migrated abroad such as those now residing in the United States.
Meanwhile, thousands of home-bound Bicolanos and devotees witnessed Saturday the much-awaited grand fluvial procession in the Naga River that brought back the images of Our Lady and the Divino Rostro (Holy Face of Jesus) from the centuries-old Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to the Basilica Minore.
Devotion to the Our Lady of Peñafrancia started in 1710 with the small community of Miguel Robles de Covarrubias, the first diocesan priest to be ordained in Naga. It has since become widespread and has extended even to non-Bicolanos.
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