Joint Celebration of the Feast of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and All Saint’s Day
IYAM – The Feast of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was celebrated in the Parish of the Our Lady of Lourdes last October 30, 2013.
The celebration of the Feast was preceded by the daily Masses, prayers, and the singing of the Salve Regina for the whole of the month of November in honor of Our Lady.
The Mass was presided over by Fr. Noel Cabungcal, the parish priest, and Fr. Marcelo Cabarrubias, the parochial vicar. In his homily, Fr. Cabungcal emphasized the importance of praying the Rosary.
Highlighted in the event was the Rosary made out of blue and white balloons. From the church, the faithful carried the balloon rosary while praying its mysteries going to Lucena West I Elementary School Compound. The procession was led by Freddie Remoroza, president of the Parish Pastoral Council, who carried the cross of the rosary, and by Ernesto Manzano, vice-president of the Confraternity of Lay Ministers.
After the ceremonies, they let go off the balloons which really looked like a rosary as the balloons flew high up in the sky.
On this same day, the parish celebrated the All Saints’ Day. Instead of wearing halloween costumes, the youth, wore the habits resembling that of their patron saints.
After the Mass, the young people received the blessing from Fr. Cabungcal, after which two life size images of the angels holding holy water font located at the door of the church were blessed.
At the end of the celebration, the altar servers wearing the habits of the saints offered a hymn of praise in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Agot Pareja)