Fr. Leifmark Butacan, Director of Community Engagement and Campus Ministry reminded the SJCBI community that the Blessed Virgin Mother tells us that her Son Jesus is always with us during the fiesta mass of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary at the Parish Church of Parokia San Jose Mangmangged last October 7.
“More than a Marian devotion, every time we pray the Holy Rosary, our Blessed Mother is reminding us that her Son Jesus is always with us in the joyful, sorrowful, luminous, and glorious moments of our lives,” Fr. Butacan said.
The parochial vicar also emphasized the Christocentric nature of the Rosary.
“Indeed, our praying of the Rosary draws us to a Christological orientation, meaning Christ-Centered dimension, for it makes us think specifically and in our own experience in life the salvific mysteries of Christ, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” he added.
The Marian feast commemorates the miraculous triumph of the Spanish and Filipino naval forces against Dutch invaders in 1646, which falls during the month of the Holy Rosary, the devotion propagated by the Dominicans.
Throughout this month, the SJCBI community offers an hour for a daily communal praying of the Rosary. Their act of consecration to the Blessed Mother bestows them strength and perseverance as they continue their mission during the pandemic.
Organized by the Office of the Community Engagement and Campus Ministry, the celebration culminated with the praying of the Living Rosary at four o’clock in the afternoon at the Parish Church. The liturgy began with the lighting of candles in front of the image of the Blessed Virgin by Dr. Roy D. Tumaneng, Mr. Alberto Calixto Jr., Mrs. Marissa Palomares, Mrs. Vivien Bayubay, and Ma’am Ofelia Arnedo. The department heads led the praying of each mystery, and the celebration ended with the singing of a Marian hymn.
by: Reagan De Leon