Nonet and I just came home from our looban’s Dios te Salve. Well, it’s like a little Flores de Mayo. It has been a tradition of the children in our place to hold this kind of activity in the whole month of May. Every night, the children will hold a procession within our compound with the image of Mama Mary. Each day, a family will accept her visit and offer a prayer. Then, simple snacks are served after the procession. That is everybody’s favorite!
On May 31, the children will participate in our parish’s annual Grand Paalay. Flowers and prayers are being offered on this day, too.
It is usually my mother who accompany her granddaughter in the compund’s Flores de Mayo. But she’s not feeling well today so I was the one who joined Nonet in the procession. It was amazing how the children sing the song Dios te Salve Maria with enthusiasm. Our schedule for the Mama Mary’s visit is on the 12th and on the 20th which was my father’s birthday.
Tomorrow night will be another Dios te Salve night. You will actually hear the children of in our looban yelling, “Dios te Salve na! Dios te Salve na!” . When my daughter hears that one, she will immediately grab her baseball cap and ready herself for the procession.
Here’s what they sing during the procession:
Dios te salve Maria
Dios te salve Maria, llena eres de gracia;
el Señor es contigo, bendita tu eres
entre todas las mujeres
y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre Jesus.
Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora
y en la hora de nuestra muerte. AMEN.