Marian Exhibit

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In lieu of the barangay fiesta, in our barangay, the Legion of Mary in our parish held Marian Exhibit. It showcased the different forms of Mary, the mother of God. Our patron saint is Mama Mary as the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. After the 3:30PM mass, two Sundays ago, we decided to visit the said exhibit which was located on the left wing of our church. It is really amazing to know that Mama Mary took many forms. But, in spite of the many forms Mama Mary has, she is still the one and only, mother of Christ. In every form she takes, her message is just the same; Pray the rosary. Pray. :)

I didn’t know exactly how many images were showcased on that exhibit. I enjoyed viewing the different appearances of Mama Mary. To name a few, there was Our Lady of Manaoag, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (who is the patron saint of Antipolo), Our Lady of Carmel (which is known for the Brown Scapular), Our Lady of Penafrancia, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mater Dolorosa (the grieving image of Mary), Our Lady of the Abondoned, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of EDSA, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (which is the patron saint of Baclaran Church), Immaculate Concepcion and and a lot more.

I really like the image of Mary called as Nina Mary. It is very seldom that I see image of little Mary. Of course, Mary as mother in the Holy family was showcased as well.

I also prayed before the image of St. Joseph. St. Joseph being a role model of father and a family man, I prayed that I ney will be someone whom I can entrust to have a family with. Right now, I am just praying and praying for the both of us and especially for the welfare of our daughter.

We enjoyed the exhibit. Antoinette took pictures of Mama Mary’s images. Before, leaving the exhibit, I prayed before Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. I prayed for my daughter’s welfare, her father’s safety in Saudi and welfare. I prayed for my family, for all the people I care for, for my country, for the world, and for myself.

God bless us! Mama Mary, pray for us!

Ciao! :)

Marian Concert

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I decided not to join our team building last Saturday for I just wanted to be with myself and spent time with me. I have been so emotionally stressed the past week and I wanted to rejuvinate my spirit by rediscover myself. I also want to have moments with me because of the recent heartaches I went through.

The weather is gloomy and the rain pours unexpectedly. I just decided to watch the Marian concert in our church. I haven’t seen Marian concert in our parish in a long time. I invited my friend Vic to watch the said concert. I knew in my heart that brother wouldn’t be there anymore, but I still keep my hopes high. :)

We thought that we’re already late. Yet the concert started around 8PM. We found available seats in the back pews. The concert started with a doxology led my Icthus choir. Then a welcome greeting from Bro. Billy.

Vic, Ken and I enjoyed listening to the beautiful voices of the choir. I really enjoyed the concert especially when our parish priest, Fr. Lito, sang his own composition, Just Believe in Him. :)

I remember the days when I used to sing in Marian concert. I really miss singing in the church and I miss singing in the choir.

I hope that one day I will have a chance to sing in the choir again.

Ciao! :)

Happy Birthday Mama Mary

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I know that today isn’t really the exact date or day that Mama Mary was born. But then, the essence of this day is not just about the date but for us to remember that a humble woman was born and obediently followed the will of God. Without Mama Mary’s “YES” to God’s call, we might not be around today. :)

Happy Birthday dear Mother Mary.  Thank you for everything. :)

Ciao! :)

Legion Reporting

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I just finished working on the semi-annual report of the praesidium which my Tita Evelyn is handling. I used to do this work when I was younger. I had been a Legionary since I don’t remember when. I had been part of both Junior and Senior praesidia which I held officer positions as well. I just stopped being an active legionary since I started working. Call center schedules changes so often that I failed to attend the weekly meeting. Then one day, I decided to leave Legion of Mary for a while, but not for good. :)

It is my youngest sister, Pauline to work on their report. But since, she is busy with her on-the-job training in an AM radio, I was asked by my aunt to work on the report instead. :)

When I was young, I tend to draw tables on a piece of paper and manually compute for our statistics and percentage of attendance. I remember then, it would take me hours and even days for the report to be completed.

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Today, I need not to draw lines on a piece of paper to create a table. Thanks to computers. I do not need to write the whole report. I just need to open their old report and just edit the numbers! :) My sister created a system similar to document management system which made it easy for me as well, to find old reports and to collate the numbers and percentage of attendance I need to compute. In no time, I was able to finish their semi-annual report and junior curia’s percentage of attendance last April. :)

Well, I guess my aunt’s work as a president of her praesidium and vice president of junior curia, made easier because of her personal secretaries. :)

As far as going back to Legion is concerned, I will someday. I always remember what my kuya Nomer told me; Once a Legionary, always a legionary. :)

Ciao! :)

Hail Holy Queen for Missing Items

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My aunt arrived last Monday morning from a mission work of Legion of Mary called Perigrenatio Pro Cristo (I hope I spelled it right). My Tita Evelyn has been a devoted legionary since I was a baby. I was once an active legionary, too.

Their destination this year is in Batac Ilocos Norte. A number of legionaries from our parish participated in the said work. Their team was headed by my godmother Lina, with Mama Mary as their guide.

Tabibe (as we call our Tita Evelyn) shared that one of her co-legionary, Sis. Ayie, dropped her cell phone on their way to a barrio to conduct a census. When they learned that her cell phone is missing, they tried to contact the phone and sent several text messages to it. At the same time, the legionaries uttered the Hail Holy Queen.

I only learned that praying Hail Holy Queen is also an effective way of recollecting the items you have lost. I have known St. Anthony as the patron of missing item, that’s where Antoinette got her name. But, I didn’t know that praying the Hail Holy Queen is proven to be effective, too. Tabibe is a catechist and a Marian devotee said that calling on to St. Anthony with Mama Mary’s prayer will be the most effective of them all.

To cut the long story short, the missing cell phone of Sis. Ayie was recovered. :

Tabibe said that there may have been unpleasant incidents during their mission but they were able to surpass them all. No wonder they would. They have God’s blessings and they have the blessed mother on their side. :)

Hail, Holy Queen Prayer

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God… that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech you, that meditating on the Mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord.

Amen

Ciao! :)

Mary, Mother of God

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We heard mass yesterday, not only because of New year’s day but because yesterday is a holiday of obligation to Catholic belivers. January 1 is celebrated as Mary, Mother of God. We recognized the blessed mother as the mother of God. During the homily, I asked my sisters, what if Mama Mary had not been obedient to God’s call? What if she said no to God’s message through the angel Gabriel? Will there be Christmas to celebrate?

I told myself that God has a plan for each of us, yet He has given as freewill as well. It is so hard to think what could have happen if Mama Mary didn’t obey. I believe that instead of thinking what could have happen, it would be best if we will be grateful to her. For the nth time, Catholics do not praise Mama Mary, but we venerate her; we respect her.

I know and I believe that Mama Mary has been praying with me, with us to keep us closer to her Son, Jesus.

I love you Mama Mary. I may not be as obedient as you are. I may not be as humble as you are. But, I believe that you constantly pray for me to be pleasant in the eyes of God.

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Mary, Mother of God; Pray for us!

Ciao! :)

October is the Month of the Rosary

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It’s been quite a while since I work on this journal. I know that I have  a lot of catching up to do with you guys. I believe that it is just appropriate to start my updates by telling you the joy I felt after attending the living rosary this afternoon in our parish.:)

The feast of the most holy rosary is celebrated on October 7th. Therefore, October is set to be the month of the holy rosary. Every Catholic faithful is encourage to pray the holy rosary not only during the month of October but as much as possible, everyday. Well, I must say that I am guilty of not praying the rosary everyday. To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I prayed the rosary until today. :(

When I got home from work, I took a nap for a while and ready myself to work on my journal. I noticed that my youngest sister, Pauline and my cousin April were preparing. They told me that they are going to church to attend the living rosary. There was this feeling from within me that made me came with them.

We met our aunt in the church together with other legionaries and parishioners. It’s good to see old friends and co-church workers before.

I felt the serenity and a certain joy in my heart after praying the rosary. I may have sacrificed  some material things for participating the living rosary, but its worth it. I didn’t regret going with them. :)

I cannot promise or commit yet that I would be praying the rosary everyday. But, I would say the holy rosary as much as I can. I believe that the mama Mary loves me and she keeps me close in her heart inspite of me being a sinner.

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Ciao! :)

The Seven Joys of Mary

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I received an invitation in fb from kuya dhong regarding the upcoming Marian concert in our parish for the celebration of the barangay fiesta. Sto. Rosario de Pasig Church will be celebrating the feast on October 7. The name of the barangay tells us already that the patron saint is The Our Lady of the Rosary. :)

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Every year, the parish music ministry holds Harana kay Maria. This year will be special because Bukas Palad Music Ministry would be one of the guests! It’s a good thing that my off from work is on weekends. I may be able to watch the said concert. :) I love Bukas Palad Music Ministry’s songs. Oh how I miss singing in the choir!

We got a new couch and we got it just in time for the fiesta. I am actually planning to get a pair of small chairs with spa covers to match our new sofa. :) Anyway, Bukas Palad Ministry has a new album entitled “Christify” – Christ transforms the whole world through his body and blood.

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The concert will start at around 7PM on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Please come and join us in a night of songs and prayers. Sto. Rosario de Pasig Church is located along Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City. :)

Ciao! :)

Happy Birthday Ina!

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When I was younger I remember being told that we have three mothers; mother Earth, our biological mother and Mama Mary. :) Yesterday, Catholics remember Mama Mary’s birthday. I have this big love for Mama Mary eversince I’d became a Legionary. Too bad of me, I fell asleep yesterday and wasn’t able to hear mass. :(

I believe that inspite of me being a sinner, she continue to love me and pray for me. I know that a lot of people misinterpret the love Catholics have for her. For the nth time, Catholics do not praise Mama Mary. She is being venerated because she is the mother of Jesus; the mother of God. As His mother, we learn to love and respect her.

Besides, who will be the quickest to get closer to a Son? It’s through His mother, right? :)

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Love you Mama Mary and belated happy birthday! Thank you for all the love and prayers.

Ciao! :)

Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth

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The Assumption is closely related to the dogma of the Resurrection of the Body. We believe that at death, the immortal soul proceeds for the personal judgment, and hence to Hell, Purgatory or Paradise; meanwhile, the body is corrupted and goes back to dust whence it was taken. At the end of time, there will be the resurrection of the body – meaning that the body will be reunited to its soul, and together the risen body and soul will proceed to the universal judgment. In the case of Mary, her body did not experience corruption but was assumed immediately together with her soul to Paradise.

The dogma of the Assumption of Mary is implicitly based on the Book of Revelation: “A great sign appeared in the sky; a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1). The woman is Mary; She is crowned with 12 stars, representing the 12 apostles, because she is the Mother of the Church; she is clothed with the sun, representing the Holy Spirit, because she is full of grace. The moon under her feet, symbolizing the firmament, indicates that the she is the Queen of Heaven. The feast of the Queenship of Mary, celebrated on August 22, was instituted in 1954 by Pius XIII with the encyclical letter Ad Caeli Reginam. This feast is closely related to the Assumption, since the Virgin Mary, after being assumed into Paradise, was crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. :)

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The Dogma of the Assumption of Mary

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I was arranging my file cabinet this afternoon and I found a little desk calendar for 2008. The calendar is called Marian Dogmas. As a Catholic, I have this great love for Mama Mary. Just to let you know, Mama Mary is not being praised as God. Everyone knows that she is not a God, but she is great example of God’s servant. Being chosen to be the mother of Jesus, Mama Mary deserves respect and veneration. It is simple as this; if you love your friends, you will learn to respect their parents. Likewise, if you love Jesus, you will learn to love and respect His loving mother. Well, who would not love Mama Mary. :)

As I was saying, I found this little calendar in my file cabinet. The calendar offers the four dogmas associated with Mary. Each dogma is explained in the light of the Holy Scriptures and in its historical evolution. Dogma means doctrine or code of beliefs.

Every Catholic knows that in the month of August, the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary is celebrated.

The Dogma of the Assumption of Mary body and soul into heaven was declared by Pope Pius XIII on November 1, 1950, with the Bull Munificentissimus Deus. It states: “We believe that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

The use of the passive voice was assumed indicates that Mary was taken up into glory by the power of God, whereas Christ ascended by His own power as God. The Church does not specify whether the Virgin Mary died of simply fell asleep. For sure we know that she was preserved from corruption and taken up into heaven by a unique anticipation of the general resurrection. This privilege was granted to her because she is the Mother of God, and because her body was never stained by sin.

Since the fifth century, the feast of the Assumption, then known as the Dromitio Mariae (Falling Asleep of Mary), is celebrated on August 15. In the sixth century, a Basilica was built in Gethsemane, Jerusalem, on the place where popular belief held that the tomb of Mary was located. The dogma of the Assumption is supported by the universal tradition of the Church and by the book of Revelation: “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve starts.” (Revelation 12) (Source: The People’s Calendar 2008: Marian Dogmas)

What is it for us to know about the Assumption of Mary. Well, it is a reminder that all of us here are on a journey; that we are just passing this place and are all aiming to be in the same place after the journey. The place where Mama Mary was assumed by the great power of God.

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Ciao! :)

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

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We celebrate the month of holy rosary during the month of October. St. Dominic first used holy rosary. When we speak of the rosary, we also speak of Mama Mary. I remember that every known and verified Marian apparition, the holy mother always asked the people to pray the Rosary.

Two of the most famous Marian apparitions are the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal and in Lourdes, France. When Mama Mary appeared before Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco in Fatima, she always mentions praying the rosary. When she appeared before St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France, praying the rosary was her message, too.

Many people question about praying the rosary. Even ney, doesn’t believe in it. Well, maybe because he believes in other religion, he does not really agree in praying the rosary. It really made me upset that sometimes, he would say that it against God’s law to pray the rosary. Never does he know that the more he scrutinizes he rosary, the more I am drawn closer to it.

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They would say that praying the rosary is a “repetitive kind of prayer”, but every mystery of the rosary is an important chapter in Jesus’ life, while He was still living with us. And, in every chapter, we would find His loving mother behind Him.

On a personal note, praying the Rosary has been always my armor before pain and problems. In my 28 years of existence, I have been through many of life’s difficulties, yet I am still standing. Not because I am a super woman, but because God has always been with me, Mama Mary has always been with me through prayers and praying the Rosary.

Ciao! :)

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